Jul. 17th, 2017

rebeccmeister: (cricket)
Yesterday was warm, so it seemed like there were more crickets out and about during our evening surveys.

I was going to run circadian crickets last night, but in the evening B came into the house with a worried look on his face. When we went out to the table on the porch, the deli cups that had held the crickets for the experiment had been knocked over, and a lid was missing. Out of the four crickets I'd set aside, the long-winged one was the only one that was totally gone.

Later in the evening, when I went out to put out crickets from the day's haul, I startled a rat, who raced off the table into a big, open grating at the edge of the porch.

We are now keeping the pint cups underneath a larger bin, with a rock on top, and I'm now being more careful to seal the lids closed.

Other wildlife: lots of very large wolf spiders (abdomen the size of a dollar coin), a handful of tiny mice (one of which was spotted eating a cricket), lots of toads and tree frogs, rattlesnakes, and an alligator lizard.

It looks like the Whittier wildfire is drawing to a close, to judge by the decrease in smoke and bright spots that we can see at night.
rebeccmeister: (cricket)
Apparently there's a new fire 7 miles from us, as of right now. Stay tuned. Safety first.

This is all predictable, after the wet winter. It's unusually hot here. I believe that yesterday Santa Barbara County declared a state of emergency, what with two large wildfires, the Whittier fire and the Alamo fire. The Whittier fire is finally looking like it's winding down, but at the research station we're still basically just sitting on top of a huge pile of tinder.

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