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The Summer of the Lizard

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Tawnya Steele

on 27 September 2013

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Transcript of The Summer of the Lizard

The Search for the Blunt-Nosed Leopard Lizard:
Presented by:
Garrett Moss
Tawnya Steele

Job Description...
In a Nutshell
Survey Protocol
Identifying BNLL
Other Lizards
Species of Special Concern
In the Field
Large size: 5 in. SVL

Overall grey-brown color

Pale stripes along back and sides

Dark grey spots

Rest at burrow entrance in early mornings
Special Projects
San Joaquin Kit Fox
Antelope Ground Squirrel
Summer Field Work Through Hell and Back
similar markings to adults but with light coral coloring along back and yellow on underbelly.

coral/orange spots on sides.

coral/orange wash over entire body

Males have a larger, broader head than the female
Aspidoscelis tigris
Uta stansburiana
Burrowing Owl
San Joaquin Coachwhip
LeConte's Thrasher
Hired as seasonal surveyors for the Blunt Nosed Leopard Lizard surveying season
The season lasts from April 15th to September 15th.
We surveyed a number of areas deemed as viable habitat for sensitive species.
Minimum 2 surveyors up to 100 ft. apart.

Transects must run North-South

Surveys conducted under two seasons:
Adult: Apr. 15 - Jul. 15
Juvenile: Aug. 1- Sep. 15
Survey must be conducted in temperatures between 77 F and 95 F.

Sustained winds must be less than 10 mph

Cloud coverage less than 90%

1 1/2 to 2 1/2 in. SVL
2 1/2 to 5 in. SVL
Spotlighting in Monterey County for San Joaquin Kit Foxes. We saw tons of other wildlife, but sadly
no kit foxes.
Surveying and Monitoring Kit Fox Dens. We set up cameras, blocked dens, and excavated vacated dens.
What Made it All Worth It
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