21. heinäkuuta 2021

North side - 07/21/21

Wednesday 10:00-11:30 am: no newts.
Weather - nice, a bit hot.
Other roadkills: none (the entire road is covered with gravel).
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 9 trucks, 94 cars, 1 motorcycle, 10 bikes, 21 pedestrians, and 20 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (no cars at the far lot).
County Roads is still repaving the road. The entire north section was under construction, with tar covered with gravel along the entire 2-mile section of the road. Some of it was already like that last week, and long sections were already repaved on the 2020 fall, not sure why they are repaving it again. It seemed that the road being repaved is wider than before, with even narrower shoulders than before. It felt very unsafe (even more than usual) walking on the road in the blind curves. I didn't see the actual construction site.
A link to all my observations of the day -
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-07-21&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 21. heinäkuuta 2021 20:46 käyttäjältä merav merav | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

14. heinäkuuta 2021

North side - 07/14/21

Wednesday 9:20-11:00 am: no newts.
Weather - nice.
Other roadkills: bees and wasps.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign. I missed two weeks, as I was out of town.
Traffic: 14 trucks, 52 cars, 4 bikes, 5 pedestrians, and 22 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (6 cars at the far lot).
County Roads is repaving another part of the road - from the first parking lot to about Limekiln. Parking is not allowed by the road, and at Limekiln. And no, no one was thinking about implementing any newt crossing solutions.
A link to all my observations of the day -
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-07-14&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 14. heinäkuuta 2021 21:29 käyttäjältä merav merav | 1 kommentti | Jätä kommentti

22. kesäkuuta 2021

North side - 06/22/21

Tuesday 9:30-11:30 am: no newts.
Weather - cloudy, a bit cold. It rained overnight a little bit up the mountain.
Other roadkills: bees, ants, beetle, centipede.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign. I saw 3 deer on the Midpen property.
Traffic: 11 trucks, 30 cars, 3 bikes, 16 pedestrians, and 26 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (no cars at the far lot). County Roads were trimming trees by array 5, with 5 trucks and pickups and such. I thought there'd be more traffic, as there was an accident on HW 17, towards Santa Cruz, and it was very slow.
A link to all my observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-06-22&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 22. kesäkuuta 2021 21:38 käyttäjältä merav merav | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

16. kesäkuuta 2021

Tuesday 6/15/2021 - north section

Tuesday 9:00-11:00 pm: One dead newt...
Weather - nice.
Well, I found another dead newt. I thought they were all done.
Other roadkills: bees, ants, .
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 7 trucks, 31 cars, 15 bikes, 3 pedestrians, and 10 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (no cars at the far lot).
A link to all my observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-06-15&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 16. kesäkuuta 2021 19:13 käyttäjältä merav merav | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

10. kesäkuuta 2021

Tuesday 6/8/2021 - north section

Tuesday 9:30-11:00 pm: no newts!
Weather - cold, then nice.
No dead or live newts for the first time! It only took 4940 dead newts this time...
Other roadkills: bees, beetle.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 9 trucks, 18 cars, 11 bikes, 6 pedestrians, and 12 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (no cars at the far lot).
A link to all my observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=37.227953161651286&nelng=-121.72980253373792&on=2021-06-08&place_id=any&subview=map&swlat=37.15274017456194&swlng=-122.20315878068617&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 10. kesäkuuta 2021 05:38 käyttäjältä merav merav | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

5. kesäkuuta 2021

Thursday 6/3/2021 - north section

Thursday 9:00-11:00 pm: 1 dead newt, no live newt!
Weather - nice.
Was this the last newt of the season? A very dry adult newt.
Other roadkills: still found some centipedes out, snakefly, a field ant carrying a dead walking stick, bees.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 5 trucks, 32 cars, 1 motorcycle, 15 bikes, 9 pedestrians, and 17 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (no cars at the far lot). I saw county parks truck driving a few times. And a meeting between Midpen and Valley Water at the first parking lot.
A link to all my newt observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-06-03&place_id=any&taxon_id=47120&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 5. kesäkuuta 2021 15:57 käyttäjältä merav merav | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

28. toukokuuta 2021

Tuesday 5/26/2021 - north section

Tuesday 9:00-12:00 pm: 4 dead newts, no live newt!
Weather - nice
I walked with Keith. We documented a total of 4 new dead newts, all very dry.
Other roadkills: a fence lizard, bees, beetle, scorpion, cricket and harvestman together (it was probably eating the cricket).
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 12 trucks, 33 cars, 8 motorcycles, 7 bikes, 7 pedestrians, and 21 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (2 cars at the far lot). We saw a county parks pickup driving, then we saw it parked by the Midpen proposed lot. Also saw a roads and transportation pickup.
We saw some cool butterflies and 2 very large woodpeckers, probably Pileated Woodpeckers.
A link to all my newt observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-05-26&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 28. toukokuuta 2021 04:56 käyttäjältä merav merav | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

21. toukokuuta 2021

Thursday 5/20/2021 - north section

Thursday 9:00-11:30 am: 4 dead newts, no live newt!
Weather - Cold
I documented a total of 4 new dead newts, all very dry. I was surprised to see them.

Other roadkills: dipterans, centipede, walking stick. bee.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 11 trucks, 27 cars, 2 motorcycles, 11 bikes, 15 pedestrians, and 34 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (3 cars at the far lot). 3 of the cars were PG&E, parked at the far lot, and a Midpen pickup.
2 friendly guys asked me how the newts were doing. One of them told me he went hiking a week ago at Butano state park and saw many newts there!
A link to all my newt observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-05-20&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 21. toukokuuta 2021 05:10 käyttäjältä merav merav | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

12. toukokuuta 2021

May 11, 2021 - North side

May 11, 2021 (Tuesday), 2:35-3:55pm

1 dead newt (0 juveniles), no live newts.
Other roadkill: 2 butterflies (likely Variable Checkerspots), 1 lizard

Weather: On the hot side, around 90F, totally dry.

Traffic: 63 moving vehicles, 16 parked, 3 bicycles, 4 pedestrians, 0 quarry trucks

Once again, lots of traffic related to the rowing club around 3:30.

Lots of flowers blooming, including even more yellow Calochortus in one scattered spot.

This is my last day to patrol, I'm done for the season. Big hugs to everyone who participated this year!

Lähetetty 12. toukokuuta 2021 14:13 käyttäjältä newtpatrol newtpatrol | 3 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Tuesday 05/011/2021 - south section

Tuesday 9:05-11:30 am: we had 2 dead newts again, no live newt!
I walked with Robin.
Weather - nice, then warm.
I documented 1 dead newt, and Robin documented one.
Other roadkills: a night snake! so tiny - I've never seen one. also crickets, honey bees, moths, centipedes (after a long time I haven't seen any). We saw a few live and dead cicadas on the road, and could hear them all around us.
Coverage: from Aldercroft Heights Rd to the first stop sign.
Traffic: we didn't see the road repaving crew or their trucks, but parts of the roads weren't paved yet. Traffic: 2 trucks, 23 cars (including Midpen), 1 motorcycle, 9 bikes, 1 pedestrian, and 8 cars parked by the road.
My observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-05-11&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Lähetetty 12. toukokuuta 2021 05:23 käyttäjältä merav merav | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti