KG and I joined our herp class scouting trip on 10/17/09. We met at Butano and carpooled to the first location. We walked uphill, passing Red Huckleberry and looking under logs. A few Ensatinas showed up. A yellow myxomycete plasmodium covered the end of a cut log.
Reaching a meadow, we searched for Black Salamanders, with no luck. There was a scorpion under a log and a Slender Salamander. Down the hill, white myxomycetes, and another meadow which turned up another scorpion, a katydid, a tree with many orb webs shining in the sun, and an Arboreal Salamander.
Heading on to Butano State Park, we found logs with piles of termite wings nearby, a result of the emergence after the recent first rain. A newt, another Ensatina, and the cutest tiny juvenile Ensatina were also found.
We finished up around 1:30.
Photos are here.