Archivos de diario de mayo 2018

10 de mayo de 2018


This project presents a unique opportunity to verify species by DNA analysis. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife analyzed 300 scat samples for this project.

Results of the study were published in" Oikos - Synthesizing Ecology" in January 2018:


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Conservation Scats Project – Field Notes

• The latrines along Upper Wildcat Canyon and Upper High Meadow seem to have been washed out by yesterday’s rainstorm. I found relatively few scats in the area that has yielded the most samples in the past. And several of the scats I collected from this area were in poor condition due to the rain.
• I was hoping to get a picture of the partial mountain lion track we saw last week in Upper Wildcat Canyon, but it was washed away with the rain.
• I thought I saw porcupine quills in two of the scats, but Justine thinks they’re bird feathers. Makes sense. On closer inspection you can see part of the fluffy feather.
• I noticed two places along Hammond-Snyder Loop Trail where animals have dug holes under the fence to get into the cemetery where there’s a pool of standing water near the fence at the south end.
• One of the coyote scats was deposited on top of horse droppings – so funny!
• One of the coyote scats on Hammond-Snyder Loop Trail has those peculiar seeds/nuts that are oblong with a crease down the center. I wish I knew what those were.
• I didn't see any bobcat scat this week (3/1/2015)

Publicado el mayo 10, 2018 01:09 TARDE por truthseqr truthseqr | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

21 de mayo de 2018

May 21, 2018

Species identified by DNA Analysis

The Conservation Scats Project, conducted by a team at the University of California, Santa Cruz presented a rare opportunity to identify scats by DNA analysis. See the following link for more information about the project:

Over 300 scat samples were collected and analyzed for DNA content of both predator and prey. I created the following project on iNaturalist for the samples I collected and had photos for:

Results of the study were published in Oikos - Synthesizing Ecology in January 2018:

Publicado el mayo 21, 2018 01:25 TARDE por truthseqr truthseqr | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

24 de mayo de 2018


Now is the ideal time for identifying buttercups by species since both flowers and fruits are present. I would really like to become proficient in identifying these beautiful flowers.

California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)

Petals: 9-17 or more
Fat, oval seeds have a short, stout, curved beak.
Widely spaced, lightly paired, pinnate leaves

Peterson Field Guides: Pacific States Wildflowers, 1976


Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis)

Petals: 5-6
Hemispheric seedheads. Flat, oval seeds are smooth to slightly hairy and have a strongly curved beak.
Sepals are reflexed.
Widely spaced, 3-part leaves.
Moist soil below 6000 ft.

Peterson Field Guides: Pacific States Wildflowers, 1976


Rough-fruited Buttercup (Ranunculus muricatus)

Petals: 5



Publicado el mayo 24, 2018 12:51 TARDE por truthseqr truthseqr | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario