[Fosc] Much lushness!

Eddie Dunbar InsectNet at aol.com
Mon Apr 5 22:07:58 PDT 2010

Mark -

This is the beginning of a great year for the watershed. Last year I saw a
rather substantive increase in the insect biodiversity wherever I visited in
the state. I think the rains from the preceding winter helped. With the
rains from this El Nino year I am expecting to see even more!

Last Saturday I was leading a bug hunt in Joaquin Miller Park. Amongst the
insects we observed was a glowworm (Coleoptera, Phengodidae). I was
astounded. I have never seen a glowworm from Alameda County - I thought our
county was too dry. When I worked on Cal Berkeley's Insect Hotline we got
tons of calls from lush Marin County about these creatures, but never a
single one from Alameda County. Since the females do not fly these creatures
must have been in the watershed all along. I have wondered if there is a
formal or any published record for what is here. Our watershed hosts
incredible biodiversity. The ongoing restoration work is important to that
biodiversity. Keep up the good work FOSC!
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  Spring migration is underway at the creek, I heard the first of the season
Wilson Warblers on the 30th of March, then the first Pacific-slope
Flycatchers on Saturday when FOSC president Carl Kohnert and I scoped out
the canyon for Earth Day. Later I ran into a flock of Audubon and Myrtle
Warblers: once lumped as Yellow-rumped Warblers, they have recently been
split into solo species (again!). They and a junco were eating oak moth
larvae, with the junco carrying food to a hidden nest. With them was a
Townsend Warbler.

  On Monday I ran into an old timer who grew up playing in the creek in the
1950-60's. He says he used to catch frogs and snakes in the creek- and they
and the fish disappeared around 1965-66 time frame. We have the trout back,
as evidenced by Sheelah's sighting of heron, and this guy saw a gopher snake
cross the trail above the Leimert bridge.

  Mark Rauzon
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