A couple notes:
- We spent a couple hours spotlighting by car and on foot in Panoche Valley, and saw just one mammal (a giant k-rat). It looks like there’s been no rain there yet (but just a few miles north there is some new grass on the hillsides).
- I walked Mt. Disappointment Road (it branches off Mt. Wilson Rd. less than a mile from its junction with US 2 above Pasadena) and saw tracks of three different ringtails on remnant snow patches. The road is closed for cars, and should be a great place for night walks.
- Does anybody know which chipmunks are on Mt. Wilson? I saw one cross the road despite cold weather, but IUCN maps show neither lodgepole nor Merriam’s there.
UPD: apparently it’s Merriam’s, although in other parts of San Gabriel Mts. it’s replaced by lodgepole chipmunks at high elevations.