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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A dry wash channel set

Dry washes are the country roads of four-footed arid land drifters, and good places to set camera traps.

They're fickle places, though, especially in winter, when a rumbling wash of mud, gravel, and cobbles can sweep your beloved cam away. Forever.

The channel in the rock sediments seen here is a promising but unusual feature.

We all walked right on through the gap, realized its uniqueness, and got a little jazzed about it.

Practically every mammal bigger than a rat will be obliged to pass through that channel, just as we did.

Take a look at the top of the page again, and you'll see a couple of rocks at the bottom of the channel. 

There's a smelly treat under that stone, so we're expecting passersby to pause for a sniff before resuming their journeys.

That will give the camera time to capture their photo IDs. 


Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to the captures!! :-)


biobabbler said...

How exciting! =) Canna wait! =)

Trailblazer said...

As biobabbler, already rubbing my hands together in anticipation of what will come through!