Date: 10/11/18 7:57 am
From: STEVEN ELLIS <sremse...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] O.T. ARF Update - amphibians - reptiles - fish
My apologies to all for my hasty post of 10/08. ARF stands for Amphibians, Reptiles and Fish. I've reached a combined species count of 50. I was going to wait to send the list at year end but a request came in for the herps ( amphibians/reptiles). The fish list will wait until the end of December.

In order of appearance and not taxonomic: (L) indicates a Lifer for me

Amphibs:


Pacific Chorus Frog (formerly "Tree") Edmonds Marsh

Northwestern Salamander Newman Wetlands, Whidbey Island

Olympic Salamander (L) Bear Gulch, Skokomish River

Rough-skinned Newt Sleeper Road, Whidbey Island

Ensatina Coupeville area, Whidbey Island

Red-legged Frog Freeland Marsh, Whidbey Island

Bull Frog Double Bluff Road, Whidbey Island

Coast Giant Salamander (L) nameless creek, Illabot Creek Road

Red-spotted Toad (L) Heron Lake St.Park, NM

Tiger Salamander (L) Anderson Meadow, UT

Tailed Frog Porcupine Creek, North Cascades

Long-toed Salamander Coupeville Middle School, Whidbey Island

Western Toad North Bluff Road, Whidbey Island


Reptiles:


Northern Alligator Lizard Pacific Rim Institute, Whidbey Island

Painted Turtle Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island

Western Whiptail Lizard Reststop, MP. 182 I-70, UT

Sagebrush Lizard Mesa Verde Natl.Park, CO

Striped Plateau Lizard (L) Mesa Verde

Tree Lizard (L) Mesa Verde

Eastern Fence Lizard Mesa Verde

Wandering Garter Snake Thomas Canyon, NV

Gopher Snake Deschutes Rec. Area, OR


Biggest miss amphibians: Cascade Frog. The weekend I set aside for a trip to Mt Rianier turned out to be too smoky from the wildfires. I also peered under a lot of rotted logs looking in vain for Western Red-backed Salamanders.


Biggest miss reptiles: Western Fence Lizard. I spent a couple of hours wandering around clearcuts in Mason County but no luck. Vehicle trouble kept me from attending the spring snake research class in the Winthrop area.


This was a warmup session for my Vertebrate Big Year planned for 2021, a sort of celebration of retirement. "Work is the Curse of the Big Year Class"


Regards,

----Steve Ellis

<sremse...>

Coupeville, Wa (Whidbey Island)



Wechsler <ecostewart...> wrote:

> Steve,
>
> You tease us with all of those numbers and no species names. I want to know the reptile and amphibian species you've seen (I've never followed fully aquatic groups very much), and at least where you saw the first one. At first it sounded like you saw 50 Western Toads that evening! I then realized you must have meant it was your 50th species of combined reptiles, amphibians, and fish. It also took me a bit to see that your jargon "ARF", referred to amphibians, reptiles, and fish.
>
> -Stewarthttp://www.stewardshipadventures.com
>
>
> > > Message: 6
> > Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2018 21:03:34 -0700 (PDT)
> > From: STEVEN ELLIS < <sremse...> mailto:<sremse...> >
> > To: TWEETERS < <tweeters...> mailto:<tweeters...> >
> > Subject: [Tweeters] O.T. ARF Update
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> > Nifty 50! Western Toad tonight (what couple DOESN'T spend the evening of their 30th wedding anniversary bushwacking through head-high nettles looking for toads????) here on Whidbey Island for #50. Earlier I found a Long-toed Salamander.
> >
> > Totals so far:
> >
> > 13 amphibians; 9 reptiles; 28 fish (none caught on hook and line) Had this been my Vertebrate Big Year then 32 mammals and 203 birds could be added for a total of 285.
> >
> > I think the weather will preclude me from scoring anymore amphibians or reptiles but I haven't given up on fish.
> >
> > ----Steve Ellis
> >
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