Field Day

August 05, 2017 Posted by: Chantal Collis

 

Earlier this week a Biology graduate student from UTRGV came to the park to lay some boards out for  his research over the Black-Spotted Newt, a threatened species native to South Texas. In the past, newts have been found during cover-board monitoring. Hopefully, the data collected from the park will help contribute to his study.

 

Here are some pictures taken out on the field.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake slithering by

 

Started the day off with a good morning visit from this guy.

 

Volunteers placing cover boards

 

Getting work done.


 

Nilgai grazing through the battlefield

 

….While a Nilgai supervises in the distance.

 

coyote skull laying on the ground

Remnants of Palo Alto’s wildlife, possibly a Coyote.

 

Pigeon Berry, a popular food source amongst various birds.

 

Pigeon Berry, a popular food source amongst various birds.

 

Sap coming out of a huisache tree

Sap from a Huisache tree.

 

Hedgehog cactus, small round green ball like cactus

Stumbled upon a Hedgehog Cactus, often mistaken for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Barrel Cactus.

 

Phaon Crescent butterfly

Among the many butterfly species fluttering around us was the Phaon Crescent.

 

The Black Spotted Newt is a very understudied species. Fortunately, Palo Alto provides protection for it’s diminishing habitat and helps to support the scientific advancement on this extremely cool species.

 

Visit the INCU website to learn more about Black Spotted Newts.

 

nature, reptile, Education, research, threatened species, endangered species




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