Mammalogy Field Course

We were lucky enough to have our Mammalogy Field course this year at Quail Ridge Reserve. This beautiful site is covered in Chaparral and Oak woodland, and is located near Lake Berryessa in California’s coastal range.

The view south of base camp

The view south of base camp

Looking out over Lake Berryessa

Looking out over Lake Berryessa

Happy campers

Happy campers

Tent cabins

Tent cabins

The students got practical experience using noninvasive mammal monitoring techniques such as track plates, remote cameras, and radio tracking. The cameras picked up multiple gray foxes and black tailed deer. The track plates and bait worked very well to attract and detect gray foxes. At night groups of students were able to successfully locate three individual gay foxes using radio telemetry.

On the way to set up track plates

On the way to set up track plates

A young black-tailed deer buck

A young black-tailed deer buck

Gray fox

Gray fox

Gray fox

Gray fox

Success. Fox prints

Success. Fox prints

Dusky footed woodrat nest in an old tuck

Dusky footed woodrat nest in an old tuck

Madrone or manzanita tree

Madrone or manzanita tree

Found under a herp board

Found under a herp board

Taken by Davis Bui

Taken by Davis Bui

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