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Please join us for the 3rd annual Fresno Audubon Mammal Fieldtrip, July 21-22. The leader of this trip will be Howard Clark.
Meet at the Mervyn’s parking lot at 11:00 AM for carpooling purposes and leave around 11:15. From Fresno we will travel to the Tule Elk SNR and hopefully get some looks at Tule Elk. From there we will head to the Lokern Natural Area and get some looks at Nelson’s antelope squirrels and maybe see some kangaroo rat sign (sign = footprints, tail-drags, droppings, etc.; Howard will explain all of this as we go). From there we will head over to the Carrizo Plain National Monument where we will drive to the northern end and look for Pronghorn. By the end of the day we will arrive at the Elkhorn Plain Ecological Reserve to set up camp and maybe look at Nelson’s antelope squirrels again (or for the fist time, if we missed them at Lokern).
As night approaches Howard will give a quick talk about native California mammals and set out some live traps where we hope to catch grasshopper mice, kangaroo rats, and other mammals. As the traps sit we will have dinner and then head out to spotlight for the San Joaquin kit fox along Elkhorn Road (see map). After spotlighting we will check the traps - if no captures we will check the following AM.
The plan is to sleep overnight at the Reserve and heading home next morning. There is an outhouse at the Reserve, but no other facilities, so be sure to bring all your gear, including water, ice in an ice chest, food, and camping equipment (but no open flames). So let’s have fun and meet up on 21 July for a great time!