Spiders (crab and jumping, looking for a meal and having scored); ants; flies, bees, and wingless wasps. The springtime flower show in the serpentine grassland; vigorous poison oak; Indian warrior and Indian paintbrush. A hummingbird, wild turkeys, the remains of a deer.
Here is a springtime traverse of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, from Escobar Gate to Searsville Dam and the Sun Research Center.
The occasion was a visit by two administrators from IKIAM, a new university in the Ecuadorian Amazon. IKIAM is preserving vast tracts of the jungle as a biological preserve. Graham Wise and Carolina Bolaños visited Jasper Ridge with former director Philippe Cohen, to learn from the experience here.
We met at the Sun Research Center near the main gate. Then we drove to Escobar Gate, and walked back to the Sun Center. Along the way we saw a cross section of Jasper Ridge's many ecosystems, near the peak of this spring's bursting forth of wildflowers. We also happened to meet a couple of people who have been involved with Jasper Ridge and Philippe for years. (Please leave a comment with IDs!)
As one of the hosts, I was busy. But I did carry some cameras and managed to snap a few photos... Philippe was the main host and introduced our guests to the Preserve.
© Photography by Dan Quinn