Throughout the long winter season, CSERC staff set up and maintained wildlife photo-detection stations at scattered locations on national forest lands. The infrared-triggered camera stations help to locate rare furbearers and other species drawn to the baited stations. Much of that CSERC fieldwork was done on snowshoes when deep snows covered the forest. The Center's staff also visited many development project sites on private lands down in the foothills to assess potential project impacts and to be able to submit accurate comments to county planners.
But late spring is really the time when the vast majority of the Stanislaus Forest, Yosemite Park, and the private timberlands of the middle and upper elevations open up to public access. Now is the start of CSERC's major watchdog monitoring and survey efforts. As the big snowdrifts melt away, CSERC biologists and support staff are not far behind. For such a small staff, the Center will take on a huge amount of fieldwork and watchdog monitoring during the 2010 field season.
Lindsey is heading up our water quality testing program which will include samples taken in both the foothills and the high mountains. On most sampling days, she and another staff member will drive to stream sites, spend the time necessary to obtain fresh samples and document field conditions, and then hurry the samples (with containers in ice water) back to the certified laboratory for testing.