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.