tule-elk

Are you and your friends excited for the weekend? Whatever you’re up to, we hope you have as much fun as these elk at Tule Elk San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. Once estimated to have a population of less than 30 individuals, these unique California Tule elk now number more than 4,000. See them – and other terrific wildlife – just two hours outside of San Francisco. Photo by Lee Eastman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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I joined @sealinefox on a Tule Elk Tracking trip, and we saw over 200 Tule Elk!
I learned so much, starting with the fact that Tule Elk are a subspecies of elk found only in California which were thought to have been hunted to extinction in the 1870s. A single breeding pair was discovered in the tule marshes of the San Joaquin Valley and conservation measures were implemented to protect the them. Today, there are over 4,000 wild Tule Elk in California, yet most of the public are still unaware of their existence.

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Carrizo Plain National Monument

This was our first time to Carrizo Plain and it’s a truly incredible place. It’s home to the largest concentration of endangered species in California and we managed to see a few including a Pronghorn and Tule Elk. 

It’s hard to believe that such a cool National Monument is the least crowded place we’ve ever visited in California. The Carrizo Plain is just 100 miles as the bird flies from Los Angeles but by vehicle it’s a trek and be ready for dirt roads because that’s how you’ll be getting around. The Carrizo Plain gets brutally hot and dry in the summer and there are no services in the monument. Come prepared with lots of water and watch out for the low flying birds. The Carrizo Plain is a remarkable hidden treasure. 

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Made a new background for my computer a week or so ago. Decided to use it as an opportunity to try out styles for the NAML story I made and plan on finishing despite my submission not having been accepted.

Yesterday I spent the day in Point Reyes, CA. I’ve been to Point Reyes a few times, but never really explored much of it. I spent the day hiking new trails, seeing new landscapes, and taking notes of areas I’d like to return to. The sun was setting, and I didn’t take many photos throughout the day, so I decided to take a last drive around, to see if anything was out and about. I then spotted these handsome fellows, to the left and pulled the car over. There were at least ten more elk around, but these guys were in a nice little group so I took advantage of the light, and situation.