Hi all, I thought I’d share my plans so far for this year to see if anyone has any tips for the areas I’m planning on looking at.
San Benito Bobcats: I went here last January and saw one bobcat in a day of driving up and down Old Hernandez Road. I’ve read all the trip reports I could find on the area, but I was wondering if anyone else has been to the area since this winter’s massive rains. Planning on heading down this Sunday/Monday so hopefully I’ll have good news to report soon.
Northwest California: Primary target is the Fishers that a few have mentioned around Hoopa Valley. Secondary targets would be Porcupine and any of the chipmunks that can be found in the northern/coastal part of the state. I’m planning on spending three or 4 nights up there sometime in April (unless someone has a better suggestion for timing). If anyone has tips on particular areas to focus on, please let me know.
Tahoe Area Pikas: This will be my ongoing project for the summer, starting whenever the snow melts enough for me to get up there. The last two years I’ve backpacked up to American Lake, where I’ve found pika to be very reliable, but this year I’m hoping to expand out and look for some more accessible sites. After looking over topo and satellite maps of the area, I’ve found about 15 sites that look promising and are only a few miles hike or less from the nearest road access. Since American Lake has also been good to me for mustelids (Pacific Marten and Ermine seen in 3 total nights spent there), I have hope that new sites may be as well. This will probably be a combination of day hikes and possibly some over-nighters over the course of the season, so if anyone in the Sacramento or Tahoe area is interested in joining me, or knows of a good Pika site in the area, let me know.
California Mustelids: I’d love to try to knock out the remaining mustelids that I have not yet seen in California (with the exception of wolverine, unless I start getting cocky). This means Badger, Long-tailed Weasel, Fisher, and Sea Otter, which I haven’t seen since I was a child. If anyone has tips for any mustelids in CA, but especially Badger, Long-Tailed Weasel, or Fisher, those would be welcome.