Zoo Blog

This is the Blog for the Sacramento Zoo Projects #18-022 and #Q4C19-008 for in situ wildlife documentation and Post-Wildfire Restoration efforts:

This blog will be used to track our progress with the projects funded in part by the Sacramento Zoo Conservation Fund and the zoo's Quarters for Conservation Program.  Entries will appear with the most recent post first, and others following in reverse chronological order. For more information about these projects, to be added to the mailing list and to volunteer contact Mary at mhanson@tuleyome.org. or fill out the online form at the bottom of this page: http://tuleyome.org/projects/habitatrestoration/

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Post 09-24-18
Project ID #18-022

We have set up a skeleton calendar for the start of the wildfire restoration and trail camera projects, paid for in part by grants from the Sacramento Zoo.

If you’re interested in participating in any or all of these activities, just email Mary at mhanson@tuleyome.org or go online to http://tuleyome.org/projects/habitatrestoration/, scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up online, or go to our Events Page at http://tuleyome.org/events/ and sign up there.

The Tuleyome office is located on the corner of First and North Streets at 607 North Street, Woodland, CA 95695.

There is free all-day parking kitty corner from the office in the back of the Woodland Public Library. (Don’t park in the 2-hour slots or you will get ticketed.)

Students and graduates of the Certified California Naturalist program can get “project support” and “conservation/restoration” volunteer hours credit for participating in these activities.

Dates, times and activities follow:

Friday, September 28, 2018: 9:00 to 12:00 noon. Program the field cameras at the Tuleyome office.  This is just programming the camera, not taking them out into the field.  We’ll have coffee and breakfast stuff for participants.

Friday, October 12, 2018: 8:00 am to approximately 2:00 pm. Going out into Lake County to the Silver Spur Ranch property to place the trail cameras in the field.  Total time depends on the placement of the cameras and how far we need to walk.

Meet at the Tuleyome office early so we can get everyone signed up and ready to leave by 8:00 am. Wear appropriate clothing and closed-toes shoes. Bring water, lunch, a camera/cellphone if you want to take photos, medications and whatever else you think you need to bring.  Heavy rain will cancel.

Friday, November 9, 2018: 8:00 am to approximately 2:00 pm. Going out into Lake County to the Silver Spur Ranch property to check all of the trail cameras in the field.  We’ll be opening the trail cameras, pulling the disks, and replacing disks and batteries as needed. We’ll have some readers on hand, so you can see what the cameras have captured. All disks and images are the property of Tuleyome and must be returned to the office unaltered on the same day as the cameras are checked so the data can be entered into our database.

Meet at the Tuleyome office early so we can get everyone signed up and ready to leave by 8:00 am. Wear appropriate clothing and closed-toes shoes. Bring water, lunch, a camera/cellphone if you want to take photos, medications and whatever else you think you need to bring.  Heavy rain will cancel.

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Friday, December 14, 2018: 8:00 am to approximately 2:00 pm. Going out into Lake County to the Silver Spur Ranch property to check all of the trail cameras in the field.  We’ll be opening the trail cameras, pulling the disks, and replacing disks and batteries as needed. We’ll have some readers on hand, so you can see what the cameras have captured. All disks and images are the property of Tuleyome and must be returned to the office unaltered on the same day as the cameras are checked so the data can be entered into our database.

Meet at the Tuleyome office early so we can get everyone signed up and ready to leave by 8:00 am. Wear appropriate clothing and closed-toes shoes. Bring water, lunch, a camera/cellphone if you want to take photos, medications and whatever else you think you need to bring.  Heavy rain will cancel.

Friday, January 11, 2019: 8:00 am to approximately 2:00 pm. Going out into Lake County to the Silver Spur Ranch property to check all of the trail cameras in the field. We’ll be opening the trail cameras, pulling the disks, and replacing disks and batteries as needed. We’ll have some readers on hand, so you can see what the cameras have captured. All disks and images are the property of Tuleyome and must be returned to the office unaltered on the same day as the cameras are checked so the data can be entered into our database.

Meet at the Tuleyome office early so we can get everyone signed up and ready to leave by 8:00 am. Wear appropriate clothing and closed-toes shoes. Bring water, lunch, a camera/cellphone if you want to take photos, medications and whatever else you think you need to bring.  Heavy rain will cancel.

After January 11th we will evaluate if cameras need to be checked more regularly and if any need to moved or more added, and from there other dates will be determined.

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Post 09-12-18:
Project ID #18-022

Volunteer Opportunity: We'll be programming our trail cameras (purchased with funds awarded to us by the Sacramento Zoo) for in-field wildlife studies on Friday, September 28th. If you want to get in a couple of hours of "program support", you're welcome to join us at the Tuleyome office, 607 North Street, Woodland, CA 95695 at 9:00 am. (We'll try to have coffee and coffee cake ready for you.)

This will just begetting the cameras loaded with batteries and programmed to get them ready to go out.

We'll be posting a field study schedule later that will let you know when we'll be going out into the field to place the cameras and when we'll be doing follow-up visits to see what the cameras have captured.

If you'd like to be on the mailing list for this project and participate in volunteer opportunities associated with it, contact Mary at mhanson@tuleyome.org.  Or fill out the form at the bottom of the page here: http://tuleyome.org/projects/habitatrestoration/.

Post 09-06-18:
PROJECT ID #Q4C19-008

On September 6, 2018 the Sacramento Zoo awarded Tuleyome with a second larger grant from their Quarters for Conservation Program. This grant is targeted toward habitat restoration in the region in the wake of this year’s wildfires in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument region and is in addition to the smaller grant given to Tuleyome by the zoo in July of this year to purchase field equipment for citizen science projects related to Tuleyome’s Certified California Naturalist program.

The zoo’s Quarters for Conservation grant will cover a two-year span, 2019 through 2021, and funding will be awarded in multiple payments which may reach up to $30,000 in total. Some of the funding will be based on a percentage of the votes cast by members of the public at the wishing wells in the front of the zoo throughout the grant period, starting in January of 2019.

Of the many wildfires that impacted the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument region this year, the ones that caused the most destruction were the Pawnee Fire (Lake County), the County Fire (Napa and Yolo County), and the Mendocino Complex Fire (Lake, Mendocino, Colusa and Glenn Counties). Tuleyome’s Silver Spur Ranch property in the heart of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was completely inundated by the fire.

In response to the destruction, Tuleyome, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Woodland, intends to do an on-the-ground assessment of areas impacted by the wildfires where there are resident populations of American Black Bears (Ursus americanus), Mountain Lions (Puma concolor), and endemic Tule Elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), and start the work necessary to restore habitat vital to those species. Restoration efforts may include, but will not be limited to, restoring trails and other points of access to make it easier to get personnel and equipment into the selected areas, clearing of fallen trees and brush, replanting native plant species, soil stabilization and erosion control, eradicating invasive plant species, in-stream habitat work, and other related efforts.

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It is Tuleyome’s intention to use primarily staff, volunteers, naturalist students and citizen scientists to assist with the assessments, and the restoration work that will follow.  Phase One of the restoration project will be field assessments of the burned areas and selecting those sites that can most effectively be restored. Phase Two will consist of the actual restoration work and creating a long-term management plan to better protect the selected sites from further wildfire damage. Members of the public who want to assist with the restoration efforts can contact Mary Hanson at mhanson@tuleyome.org to be put on the volunteer list.

POST 09-05-18:
PROJECT ID # 18-022

After receiving the funds from the initial $3500 from the Sacramento Zoo, we were able to start purchasing the equipment for in situ documentation of the fauna on the Silver Spur Ranch field study site in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. The initial equipment purchased included:

  • 12 each, BYbrutek Trail Cameras, 16MP 1080P Full HD
  • 3 each, Wildgame Innovations Handheld Card Viewer Trail PADs
  • 2 each, MOSPRO Trail Camera Viewers for iPhone iPad Mac & Android, SD
  • 3  packs, Stealth Cam 6' Master Python Black Security Lock Cables for Game Cameras, 4/Pack
  • 15 each, Sandisk Ultra 32GB Micro SDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter
  • Batteries and other sundries
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Twelve trail cameras were purchased for the #18-022 project with funds from the Sacramento Zoo.

Trail cameras will be used to document species in the restoration areas.

The cameras will be used to document and track animals in the field study area.

Post 07-31-18:
PROJECT ID # 18-022

On July 26th the Sacramento Zoo’s Conservation Fund awarded Tuleyome with a grant for $3500.

The grant funds will be used to purchase field equipment for use in Tuleyome’s Certified California Naturalist program, citizen science projects, and other environmental field related studies.

The equipment will initially be used for tracking and photographing wildlife and building a baseline data base of the animal species that inhabit Tuleyome’s properties in and around the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, including the Silver Spur Ranch in Lake County. Anecdotal evidence on the ranch suggests that it is being used by mountain lions and tule elk as a thoroughfare and may also be visited by black bears. The field equipment will allow Tuleyome to find out exactly what is out there and how the property is being used by the animals.

Once the database is established, the equipment will be used to further track fluctuations in wildlife habitation from year-to-year and season-to-season and, in the future, to launch in-depth behavioral studies. All of this is being done in the hopes of creating a more effective and proactive management system for Tuleyome’s properties in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region. Data will also be made available to Tuleyome’s partners in the community including the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service and other nonprofit conservation organizations.

Although the Silver Spur Ranch was badly scorched by recent wildfires, Tuleyome sees this as an opportunity to watch how different species of wildlife reestablish themselves in their habitat in the wake of a devastating wildfire.

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On 07-31-18, we also did a major post on social media and boosted the post on Facebook (on our Tuleyome account), and in one day it generated almost 4,000 hits!  CLICK HERE to see the post on our Facebook page.

The write up also appeared online through the Davis Enterprise Newspaper. CLICK HERE to view that.

The grant supplied by the Sacramento Zoo was part of its small grants program which sets aside money for projects that aim to save wild animals and wild places. The Sacramento Zoo Conservation Committee meets at least quarterly and applications are reviewed on a rolling calendar throughout the year. Tuleyome’s award was a result of the most recent grant cycle.

Our Certified California Naturalist program debuted earlier this year and was such a success that two classes are being offered in 2019. For more information about the Certified California Naturalist program, see Tuleyome’s website at http://tuleyome.org/projects/calnat/ or contact Mary at mhanson@tuleyome.org