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Fringe-Toed Friday Update from 7/3

With the end of June, so ends our lizard surveys on the remaining dune fragments of the Coachella Valley for another year. When the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard received federal (threatened) and California State (endangered) protection back in 1980, a planning began process that resulted in the establishment of the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard Habitat...

Natural History Notes from Saturday, June 27

Last week I posed a question regarding the different elevations where desert horned lizards occur in Joshua Tree National Park (abundant around 1400 m, and one sighting above 1500 m) compared to the highest record I am aware of in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument of a mere 950 m. The question...

Another Horned Lizard Friday!

First, as the COVID-19 virus infections are spiking once again, it doesn’t appear that there is any trajectory that would allow us to get together this Fall in one place to celebrate the graduation of the California Naturalists of 2020. Therefore, we are going to mail you your diplomas and pins. We thought it would...
By Cameron Barrows, PhD. Associate Research Ecologist Center for Conservation Biology, UCR |

Another Fringe-toed Friday!

The summer-like temperatures this week have meant that our lizard surveys have shifted more to the western (slightly cooler) portions of the Coachella Valley floor, and earlier starts, but the lizards have still been plentiful. I first wanted to draw your attention to the attached photo (UMIN_3) and to the "bling" the lizard is sporting...
By Cameron Barrows, PhD. Associate Research Ecologist Center For Conservation Biology, UCR |

Another flat-tail Friday

As challenging as flat-tailed horned lizards are to find, Paisley has become an amazing horned lizard spotter - seeing four of them this week. This one could be barely bothered to open his eyes for Paisley's camera. On warm nights, like those we have had this week, flat-tails will sleep out in the open on...
By Cameron Barrows, PhD. Associate Research Ecologist Center for Conservation Biology, UCR |