It was back to the ranch on Friday for California salamanders and Callippe butterflies.
We seen very few deer lately. This is not a great time of year for deer observation because the bucks are in bachelor groups and the does are in hiding while the fawns are small. However, the lack of deer has gone way beyond what those effects can cause. Last summer, most of the water sources in the area dried up and deer died in large numbers. It will be a while before the deer rebound.
We spent a couple hours observing butterflies and butterfly habitat. We watched them on nectar plants like buckeye trees and our butterfly expert caught some to determine their species type and sex. It was an interesting activity. We have many butterflies on the ranch.