Submitted by Matt Matthiessen
Five fearless dragon hunters took part in the dragonfly field trip on June 10 at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. The morning started out cool but after an hour the sun came out and it warmed up enough for dragons to begin flying. We saw a total of 14 species including great looks and photo ops of perched individuals. If you couldn’t join us you missed a fun morning. Hopefully you can make it next summer.
Odonates:Familiar BluetPacific ForktailNorthern/Boreal BluetTule BluetWestern ForktailVivid DancerCommon Green DarnerBlue-eyed DarnerBlack SaddlebagsTwelve-spotted SkimmerWidow SkimmerWestern PondhawkFlame SkimmerCommon Whitetail
Birds:Anna’s HummingbirdMourning DoveLesser GoldfinchBullock’s OrioleGreat Blue HeronBlack PhoebeViolet-green SwallowCliff SwallowMallardTurkey VultureHouse FinchRed-winged BlackbirdWestern KingbirdAsh-throated FlycatcherAcorn… Continue reading
Wawona Species List – 06/03/2017
Western Wood Peewee
Thanks to Pete Devine of the Yosemite Conservancy for a great field trip to Foresta in Yosemite. This is one of our Sierra’s resident owls, the diminutive Northern Pygmy-Owl, seen in Foresta on 5/20/17.
You are invited to spend a morning experiencing Yosemite’s birds as part of Yosemite’s Legacy Songbird Banding Program. You will see “science in action” and learn to identify lots of different bird species up-close. You will tour mist-nets, watch a bird banding demonstration, learn some bird identification techniques, and discuss the importance of bird conservation. You will learn why bird banding is so important for protecting birds and their habitats in Yosemite.
At 6:30 am, meet a biologist from Yosemite… Continue reading
DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2017
MEET: Yosemite Conservancy office, 5020 El Portal Rd. by the post office and the historic trains in El Portal. We can use the bathroom there and there’s a shop nearby if people need coffee, gas or supplies. Foresta has no restrooms or services.
Join us for our Spring outing to Foresta in Yosemite NP, aka Big Meadow. We will begin in El Portal and make stops along the Merced River corridor to look for Peregrine Falcons and Black Swifts. We’ll spend most of our time afoot in Foresta looking for woodpecker species, raptors, dippers, swifts and warblers, covering approximately 2 miles of remarkably diverse habitats. We’ll carpool into the park. Yosemite Conservancy will supply entrance fee waivers. Approximate end time is 1-1:30p back in El Portal.