Urban San Joaquin kit fox workshop – Spring 2024
Small Mammal trapping Workshop – November 2-4, 2023
The workshop was a huge success! We had one day of lectures covering all of the special status small mammals that occur in the San Joaquin Valley and the adjacent foothills. These include the Giant kangaroo rat, the San Joaquin kangaroo rat group, the San Joaquin antelope squirrel, the Buena Vista Lake shrew, and the San Joaquin pocket mouse. We also covered non-listed bycatch small mammals and federal / state permits. After the species and regulatory talks we traveled to the Lokern Reserve and set traps for nighttime kangaroo rat trapping. Each student was able to handle giant kangaroo rat and short-nosed kangaroo rat under the guidance of a permitted handler. The next day we ventured back into the field and set traps to catch San Joaquin antelope squirrels and each student was able to experience handling the squirrel under the guidance of a permitted handler. We repeated the field class again the following night and day. Click here for a photo collage.
Blunt-Nosed Leopard Lizard Workshop – 19-20 May 2022
Blunt-Nosed Leopard Lizard Workshop – 18-19 May 2018
The Blunt-nosed leopard lizard workshop was a huge success. We had lectures by species experts and nearly 40 students and 8 instructors, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff, conducted surveys on the Semitropic Ecological Reserve. The Reserve is approximately 14,900 acres. Vegetative communities are primarily non-native grassland shadscale scrub and alkali sink scrub. Each team detected anywhere from 1 to 4 blunt-nosed leopard lizards, with handling demonstrations by Department staff. We thank everyone who attended, and hope everyone had a great time.
We hosted a San Joaquin kit fox workshop on 21-23 May 2012 and a Sensitive Small Mammal Species of the San Joaquin Valley Workshop on 5-6 October 2012. Both were major successes and provided a great opportunity for local biologists to learn about our native species. We thank the coordinators and instructors for a job well done!