Pacific Newt Roadkill: 132 found dead today

March 24, 2019 (Sunday) 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

@biohexx1 and his family joined me this morning for the weekend roadkill count (all the way from San Diego!!). @biohexx1 took one side of the road and I took the other. I found 130 freshly killed newts (within 2-3 days, i.e., since the last survey). I also found 84 partially decomposed newts. I’ll need to compare these with previous observations to ensure no duplicates are added to the project. This may take days or weeks to complete.

The injured newt I found on 3/17/2019 is now dead.


Other roadkill: 2 Western Fence Lizards and a millipede. I also saw a headless mouse, but I think it was the victim of predation, not roadkill.

Coverage: (100%) St. Joseph’s Hill OSP to Aldercroft Heights Rd. (4.1 miles)

Rainfall: (MTD: 4.35 in; YTD: 23.51 in) It didn’t rain today. It was chilly this morning with an overnight low of 41.8 degrees (borderline for seeing fresh newt roadkill).

Traffic: I didn’t pay much attention to traffic today, so I can’t report on it. I did notice the County put up all the “Newt Crossing” signs they promised to install.

Posted by truthseqr truthseqr, March 25, 2019 01:53 AM


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