Day at the Field and Endangered Buckwheat
This morning, with a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, we began marking the boundaries of the protective exclosures for the clay-loving wild buckwheat. We only managed to get the parcel west of the main runway at the north end. Because the rectangular plot originally laid out came too close to the runway, we altered the shape of the SE boundary to provide a better separation between the runway and the new fence. The new exclosure shape adds an additional corner and H brace which will increase the construction cost somewhat. If the increase is too large, we may have to ante up a little money or labor. That is something expected in situations such as this. In the end the fences will protect our interests and legal obligations under the conservation easements. Later this week, I'll meet the biologist out there again to lay out the proposed protective exclosures on the western side of the property (both sides of the canal). It was a good morning. I saw one of our burrowing owls, quail, cottontails, red tailed hawk, turkey vulture (aka. thermal sniffer), and a bull snake. Not only that, but I managed to sneak in a little flying too. Nothing to complain about today.
Thermals---I need thermals!