Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve & Carrizo Plains National Monument are fascinating this year (as in highly variable rainfall patters, temperature, and responses by the biota). Updates continue.
(1) Blunt-nosed leopard lizards are out at several deserts. This is up to 6-weeks earlier than long-term patterns.
(2) Numerous insects are up and running at Carrizo Plains National Monument (but limited bees). This is still two-weeks later than flowering plants but the mismatch is less pronounced now.
(3) In an addition experiment of native seed to explore restoration at Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve, we saw very limited ‘establishment’ i.e. the mode of germination was < 1% for all three species tested. There is little evidence that these plants will reach flowering before the temperatures get too high.
Scroll to bottom for a few surprises spotted by collaborator Michael Powers (all photos courtesy of his mid-season census).