12 de noviembre de 2020

November 11th, 2020

November 11th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:30-11:00am: no newts today!
Weather was cool. AQI was good. Rainfall: (MTD: 0.09 in; YTD: 0.19 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Other roadkills: moths, a beetle, 2 Jerusalem Crickets, a spider, and a centipede. This is a big change compared with the summer, when there was almost nothing on the road. And the alligator lizard tail (with scat on top) was still there.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 3 trucks, 29 cars, 5 bikes, 32 pedestrians, and 28 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots. I didn't see any County Roads cas or trucks on the road.
Also didn't see the Midpen population study team.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.

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11 de noviembre de 2020

November 7th, 2020

November 7th, 2020 (Saturday) 9:30-11:30 am: no newts today! Walking with @tyap.
Weather was cool. AQI was good. It rained a little bit in San Jose at night, so I wanted to check out the road.
Other roadkills: a couple of moths, a Jerusalem Cricket, and a bee. The alligator lizard (with scat on top) was still there.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: Saturdays are so different than weekdays! no trucks, 83 cars, 7 motorcycle, 8 bikes, 44 pedestrians, and 107 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots. A busy morning!
We met two other guys from the Midpen population study. They haven't found any newts, but when we saw them just they pulled out a beautiful Calisoga spider from one of the traps, so I got some photos.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.

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05 de noviembre de 2020

November 4th, 2020

November 4th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00-11:30 am: no newts today!
Weather was cool. AQI was good
Other roadkills: alligator lizard (with scat on top), a moth, and an unidentified insect.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 18 trucks, 15 cars, 1 motorcycle, 4 bikes, 8 pedestrians, and 16 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots. Again, most of the trucks were County Roads trucks, driving past the quarry on their way to the road work site or back.
County roads are still repaving the road. Now they are working past the stop sign (to the south). It was very quiet today, there were almost no cars and bikes on the road. Very few cars were driving on the road, or parked along the road. I guess maybe people could just go fishing/ hiking somewhere else? Why not close the road then, in peak newt season, and only let in people who live there?
I met Steve and Matt from the Midpen population study on my way back. They were checking the pitfall traps. They said that the traps were opened yesterday.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.

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29 de octubre de 2020

October 28th, 2020

October 28th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00-10:30 am: no newts today!
Weather was cold. AQI was ok.
No roadkills.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 13 trucks, 15 cars, 6 bikes, 12 pedestrians, and 31 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots.Most of the trucks today were County Roads trucks, driving past the quarry on their way to the road work site.
County roads are still repaving the road just south of the stop sign. Again, there were many trucks, pickups, and other large vehicles along the road.
The population study team wasn't there, but they added pitfall traps near the fences. The traps were closed.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.
There were very few hikers and fishermen on the road.

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22 de octubre de 2020

October 21st, 2020

October 21st, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00-10:30 am: no newts today!
Weather was nice. AQI was ok.
Other roadkills - a tiger moth caterpillar.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 7 trucks, 17 cars, 1 motorcycle, 5 bikes, 27 pedestrians, and 45 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots.
County roads was repaving the road just north of the 2nd county park lot. Again, there were many trucks, pickups, and other large vehicles along the road (many of them with their engine on, again).
I did see the HT Harvey team today, but I saw at least 4 of the newly dug fences.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.
There were very few hikers and fishermen on the road, but the 1st parking lot was busy as usual.

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14 de octubre de 2020

October, 14th, 2020

October, 14th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00-10:45 am: no newts today!
It was warm, a bit windy on the way back. The air didn't feel great, even though, AQI was supposed to be lower than 100
Other roadkills - a cricket
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 17 trucks, 13 cars, 2 bikes, 26 pedestrians, and 20 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots.
Looks like county roads is repaving the whole road. Today they were working on a section of the road before the boat club. They had many trucks, pickups, and other large vehicles along the road (most of them with their engine on).
Today I saw the HT Harvey team for the first time. They were talking in the first parking lot when I parked, and on my way back I saw them digging their pitfall traps on their first field site. I spoke with Jeff Wilkinson to try and coordinate our effort.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.
There were very few hikers and fishermen on the road, with all the mess going on...

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08 de octubre de 2020

October, 7th 2020

October, 7th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00-10:45 am: no newts today!
It was cold, a bit foggy, AQI around 100
Other roadkills - a bee
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 12 trucks, 17 cars, 2 bikes, 14 pedestrians, and 25 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots.
County Roads is repaving some sections of the road. This morning they were right by the quarry. They had many pickups, and all sorts of trucks working on the road, with stop signs and all. Other than that, it was very quiet.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.

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03 de octubre de 2020

September 30th, 2020

September 30th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:30-11:00 am: no newts today!
It was pretty hot.
Other roadkills - a few wasps and bees.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 8 trucks, 22 cars, 10 bikes, 5 pedestrians, and 11 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.

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26 de septiembre de 2020

September 25th, 2020

September 25th, 2020 (Friday) 8:50-10:40 am: no newts today!
This is my first day back on the road since August 14th, due to the wildfires, poor air quality, and preserve closure. Things looked pretty normal - some hikers, especially at the first county park parking lot, and the other trails. Not too many fishermen, and the rowing club was open but quiet.
The weather was perfect - a bit cold in the morning, nice in the sun.
Other roadkills - a few wasps, bees, grasshopper, and a moth, and some unidentified mammal.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 3 trucks, 17 cars, 11 bikes, 7 pedestrians, and 29 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.

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15 de agosto de 2020

August 14th, 2020

August 14th, 2020 (Friday) 8:30-10:00 am: no newts today! This is the 12th week with no newts.
I started early to avoid the heat, but it was already hot at 8:30 am, and by the time I was done it was 30 c
Other roadkills - a few wasps, bees, and many ants - there was a nuptial flight, probably Formica ants. I saw some live and dead winged queens on the road.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Traffic: 4 trucks, 28 cars, 25 bikes, 12 pedestrians.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open.

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