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Rachel Chock
September 28, 2015
One of our camera traps caught this deer mouse heading for a burrow. My favorite part of the fieldwork I do (see: A Night with the Pocket Mouse Field Crew) is watching the pocket mice, kangaroo rats, and other...
September 22, 2015
Feathers from a California least tern mark the scene of the crime. (Photo by Maggie Lee Post, courtesy Naval Base Coronado) I never expected to gain detective skills on the California least tern and western snowy...
August 24, 2015
When I woke up on a beautiful Monday morning in August, I had no idea the day would be like no other. It started off in the normal way: breakfast, freeway traffic, searching for a parking spot, etc. Once at work, I...
August 17, 2015
Can an Andean bear's nose be a way to determine its age? I recently wrote about how we’ve determined that, with caution, researchers can identify individual Andean bears in camera trap photos. Researchers...
August 17, 2015
A horsefly of some sort drones around my head. There’s something cloying about the way it flies; almost, but not quite, brushing my skin. I sit still, hoping it will land on my hair so I can swat it into...
Stephanie McLaughlin
August 10, 2015
This beach  on Naval Base Coronado is one site where field biologists are studying California least tern and snowy plover populations. (U.S. Navy photo by S. McLaughlin, SDZG) As field biologists, we are lucky...
August 05, 2015
Andean bears are sometimes called spectacled bears, due to the rings of lighter fur around their eyes. Others have said it before and it’s true: New forms of technology such as camera traps make it possible...
August 04, 2015
Transplanting fragile seedlings is a delicate but rewarding task. As a kid growing up on a ranch in rural Colorado, I never enjoyed sowing seeds or weeding in my mom’s vegetable garden. Ask me to feed the...
July 29, 2015
A snowy plover chick's cryptic coloration provides excellent camouflage. Well it’s finally here, SUMMER! As a born-and-raised San Diegan, I know that one thing is for certain this time of year: the...
July 24, 2015
Frog nanny is not an official job title, but it’s been my reality this year. I’m the “nanny” for some 1,176 healthy mountain yellow-legged frog (MYLF) tadpoles. This iconic California...

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