Saturday April 2, 2016, Jackie Marquez joined Jill Kusba, DVM, Margaret Winn and myself to walkabout the Preserve planning for her Summer, 2016 observational research project. She will be observing gopher tortoise behavior in 3 locations: The mound, the restored area, and a non-restored area along the boardwalk.
We saw 4 active juvenile burrows on the mound, once of which had a gopher right outside.
Jill provided insight to Jackie about developing keen observational skills.
I was happy to see that this burrow in the side meadow is finally inhabited!
None of our work would be as easy without the support of Margaret Winn, my favorite Friend of Barefoot Beach Preserve.
This big male was visiting the tortoise Ranger Montana calls Big Momma. Note the scar on the carapace, likely from a run in with an automobile.