Date: 2/10/19 8:09 am
From: Michael Bolte <mjbolte...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
We have seen muskrats (or perhaps a muskrat) in the pond at Shoreline Ponds.

Mike


On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 7:50 AM Gary Kittleson <
<kittlesonenvironmental...> wrote:

> Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years
> ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner
> on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the
> opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro
> River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO
> observations, or reports, of nutria.
>
> Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.
>
> Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system
> from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the
> way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into
> Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101
> at Blackie Road.
>
> Gary Kittleson
> Kittleson Environmental Consulting
> Santa Cruz
>
>
>
> On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:
>>
>> While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh
>> vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this
>> invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe
>> it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish &
>> Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?
>>
>> Kent Johnson
>> Boulder Creek
>>
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