March 2, 2008

Now that spring is almost here, I thought it would be fun to keep a natural history diary of what Mike and I see on our hikes. Don’t remember exact dates, so I’ll just start with today.

Indian Valley:

first vetch
first douglas iris
first suncups
first butterflies (mourning cloak)
first bees
blue dicks
shooting stars
hound’s tooth
tooth wart
tons of new poison oak

A couple of days ago, we saw a baby rattler, several hawks, tons of large frogs mating in the Indian Valley campus ponds, as well as piles of spaghetti-like strings of frog eggs in the water.