21 de junio de 2022

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 20Jun2022

In spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Four amphibian species were observed in the main ponds, Berry Creek, and the trails: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 2), Green Treefrog (CI = 3), and Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 0). Photos were obtained for Gulf Coast Toad, and audio recordings were obtained for the other three species.
According to the USGS gauge station at the South Fork of the San Gabriel River at Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08104900&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 0.78 inches of rain 3.5 weeks before the monitoring session. The sloughs were dry, and the water level in the main ponds was down significantly since last month - no water was flowing over the dam. The water level in Berry Creek was low, but still flowing.
The monitoring period was 20:35 - 21:35.
Participants were Kathy, Christie, Carolyn, Randy, and Sandra.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 87.8 deg F
Water temperature = 79.6 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = much below average
Relative humidity = 39 %

Ingresado el 21 de junio de 2022 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 4 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

17 de mayo de 2022

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 07May2022

In spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Five amphibian species were observed in the main ponds and Berry Creek: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3),Green Treefrog (CI = 2), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 1), and American Bullfrog (CI = 1). Photos were obtained for Rio Grande Leopard Frog and Gulf Coast Toad, and audio recordings were obtained for all five species.
According to the USGS gauge station at the South Fork of the San Gabriel River at Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08104900&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been one inch of rain two days before the monitoring session.
The monitoring period was 20:15 - 21:30.
Participants were Kathy, Amy, Christie, and Carolyn.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 83.8 deg F
Water temperature = 81.0 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average
Relative humidity = 55 %

Ingresado el 17 de mayo de 2022 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

20 de abril de 2022

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 18Apr2022

In spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Three amphibian species were observed in the main ponds and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 3), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), and American Bullfrog (CI = 2). Photos were obtained for only American Bullfrog, but audio recordings were obtained for all three species.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been only 0.83 inches of rain since last month's monitoring session.
The monitoring period was 20:00 - 21:00.
Participants were Kathy, Amy, Christie, and Carolyn.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 66.7 deg F
Water temperature = 76.1 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average
Relative humidity = 41 %

Ingresado el 20 de abril de 2022 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 3 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

20 de marzo de 2022

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 16Mar2022

In spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month for the first time in two years. However, everyone wore masks and mostly social distanced while checking on the amphibians.
Three amphibian species were observed in the main ponds: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 2), and American Bullfrog (CI = 1). Photos were obtained for only Rio Grande Leopard Frog. Audio recordings were obtained for Rio Grande Leopard Frog and Blanchard's Cricket Frog, but not for American Bullfrog.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been no rain since last month's monitoring session (i.e., seven weeks with no rain). Temperatures were in the mid-80s the day of monitoring.
The monitoring period was 19:40 - 20:40.
Participants were Kathy, Amy, Christie, and Carolyn.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 68.9 deg F
Water temperature = 69.9 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average
Relative humidity = 27 %

Ingresado el 20 de marzo de 2022 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 2 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

01 de marzo de 2022

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 22Feb2022

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, two people checked on the amphibians while while wearing masks and social distancing.
Two amphibian species were observed in the main ponds: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 3) and American Bullfrog (CI = 1). No photos were obtained. Audio recordings were obtained for Rio Grande Leopard Frog, but not for American Bullfrog.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 2.65" of rain three weeks before monitoring. Temperatures were in the mid-80s the day before and the day of monitoring, but a cold front had moved through a couple of hours before monitoring.
The monitoring period was 18:30 - 19:30.
Participants were Kathy and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 64.1 deg F
Water temperature = 54.9 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = average
Relative humidity = 27 %

Ingresado el 01 de marzo de 2022 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

20 de enero de 2022

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 18Jan2022

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, two people checked on the amphibians while while wearing masks and social distancing.
Three amphibian species were observed in the main ponds: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1), American Bullfrog (CI = 0), and Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 0). No audio recordings were obtained, and photos were obtained for only the last species.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 1.14 inches of rain 30 days before monitoring and 0.38 inches of rain seven days before monitoring.
The monitoring period was 18:00 - 19:15.
Participants were Kathy and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds 45 minutes after sunset:
Air temperature = 65.1 deg F
Water temperature = 62.3 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average
Relative humidity = 36 %

Ingresado el 20 de enero de 2022 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

18 de diciembre de 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 16Dec2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, two people checked on the amphibians while while wearing masks and social distancing. A few raindrops fell out passing clouds a couple of times during monitoring.
Two amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, slough by the playground, and the main ponds: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1) and American Bullfrog (CI = 0). Photos were obtained for both species.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was larger than last month but not flowing to the main pond, and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 0.37 inches of rain over the last 2.5 weeks.
The monitoring period was 17:30 - 18:45.
Participants were Kathy and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 69.8 deg F
Water temperature = 69.4 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = below average at springhead and average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 76 %

Ingresado el 18 de diciembre de 2021 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

26 de noviembre de 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 24Nov2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, one person checked on the amphibians while texting a local fellow frogger upon arrival and departure (for safety) - the county had at least shifted from the Red Phase to the Orange Phase of COVID-19 transmission.
Three amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, slough by the playground, the main ponds, the ditch in the pecan orchard, and the park road near the pay station: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 0), American Bullfrog (CI = 0), and Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 0). Photos were obtained for all three species.
A Nutria was seen in the main pond after sunset.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was larger than last month but not flowing to the main pond, and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had not been any rain for three weeks.
The monitoring period was 17:30 - 18:45.
The author of this journal post was the only participant.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 72.5 deg F
Water temperature = 68.2 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = below average at springhead and average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 55 %

Ingresado el 26 de noviembre de 2021 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

17 de octubre de 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 15Oct2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, one person checked on the amphibians while texting a local fellow frogger upon arrival and departure (for safety) - the county was still in the Red Phase of COVID-19 transmission due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
Two amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 3) and American Bullfrog (CI = 0). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for both species.
An American Kestrel was seen at sunset, and a Nerodia watersnake was seen in the ditch in the pecan orchard an hour after sunset.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was larger than last month, and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 3.65 inches of rain over the previous five days before monitoring (including 2.25 inches of rain two days before monitoring).
The monitoring period was 19:00 - 20:15.
The author of this journal post was the only participant.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 69.6 deg F
Water temperature = 67.5 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead and average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 42 %

Ingresado el 17 de octubre de 2021 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 2 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

01 de octubre de 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 27Sep2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, one person checked on the amphibians while texting a local fellow frogger upon arrival and departure (for safety) - the county was still in the Red Phase of COVID-19 transmission due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
Three amphibian species were observed in the slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 0), and American Bullfrog (CI = 0). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for all species except the American Bullfrog.
Coyotes were heard calling at sunset, and an armadillo was seen after sunset.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was smaller than last month, and the water level was below average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had not been any rain during the three weeks before monitoring.
The monitoring period was 19:30 - 20:45.
The author of this journal post was the only participant.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 77.7 deg F
Water temperature = 75.1 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead and main ponds
Relative humidity = 39 %

Ingresado el 01 de octubre de 2021 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 2 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario