The typical oak woodland landscape at BORR
The Green Machine ready to be unloaded
Tents all set-up
Our first days of field work consisted of capturing as many snakes as possible. The best way to find snakes is to walk; just keep walking until you find one. I'm not lying, there's no secret method to it. We have been walking up and down hills and in between ravines and dried creek beds. We caught 6 rattlesnakes and 2 gopher snakes the first day! As of right now we have a total of 16 rattlesnakes which is currently a good sample size to be at. We will, however, need to catch more if we want our statistics to be robust. Once we put transmitters inside these snakes and release them, they should lead us to more.
First group ride in the Green Machine (field assistants unite!)
Found some abandoned baby voles--probably eaten by a snake by now
First gopher snake find! Darren and Annie are excited.
We bagged so many snakes!