Rattlesnake Research: Part 1

None of these are of rattlesnakes :,( I need rattlesnakes, people! But there are other awesome things going on here in my study area in north central Michigan!

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Coyote Ridge, You Are a Beaut

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to go on top of Coyote Ridge on the east side of the south bay to look for tule elk. No tule elk for us, at least not on that day :/ HOWEVER! We did see plenty bay checkerspot butterflies, which are a federally endangered species, some of their caterpillars (!!!), a few horned larks, golden eagles, red-tails…. It was also just a gorgeous day, with the hills green and purple and white and gold and orange from all the wildflowers.

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The view of the Santa Cruz Mountains from the Diablo Foothills, across the valley :)
The view of the Santa Cruz Mountains from the Diablo Foothills, across the valley 🙂

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