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12/26/2011
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Some wildlife I saw while camping last week in Indian Valley

A cool looking insect but I do not know what it's name is..anybody know?


A Black Throated Sparrow, common in rocky areas of the desert


A Red Tail Hawk that was injured somehow. I heared him screeing in the morning but when I drove out later he was in the middle of the road and would not move. I took a couple of photos and thought I could "shoo" him away but I ended having to use a broom to nudge him off to the side. I could not see any visible injury but he obviously was hurt somehow..I felt bad for him.

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12/27/2011
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I believe thats one of the "velvet ant" species
They are actually wingless wasps.
Also known as Mutillids
They sting.
Nice link on wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutillidae

BTW: fun book to browse on desert critters: Desert Wildlife by Jaeger
Find it at a used bookstore
All his books are terrific!

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"Except you are kindred with those who have speech with great spaces,
and the Four Winds of the Earth, and the infinite arch of God's sky,
you shall not have understanding of the Desert's lure. ...

If you love the Desert and live in it, and lie awake at night under its
low-hanging stars, you know you are a part of the pulse-beat of the Universe,
and you feel the swing of the spheres through space, and you hear through
the silence the voice of God speaking".

Idah Meacham Strobridge in Sagebrush Trilogy
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12/27/2011
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epolomsk wrote:
I believe thats one of the "velvet ant" species

BTW: fun book to browse on desert critters: Desert Wildlife by Jaeger


That's it!! Thanks!

I'll check out his book, be sure to report on your trip!

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12/27/2011
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Females – wingless, ant-like; Males – winged, wasp-like

Female velvet ants dig into the nesting chambers of ground-nesting bees and wasps and lay their eggs on the larvae inside. When the immature velvet ant is born, it eats its host and then spins its cocoon within the pupal case of its host.

ouch..glad I just let her go about her business

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1/1/2012
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"A Red Tail Hawk that was injured somehow. I heared him screeing in the morning but when I drove out later he was in the middle of the road and would not move. I took a couple of photos and thought I could "shoo" him away but I ended having to use a broom to nudge him off to the side. I could not see any visible injury but he obviously was hurt somehow..I felt bad for him."

So all are aware...There is a wildlife rehabilitation center in Ramona, CA located right off Highland Valley road. They take in injured animals and try and rehabilitate them to realease them back into the wild.

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/article_57020e23-28c8-5436-beaa-a6fd0ae19432.html

http://www.humanesociety.org/animal_community/shelters/ffa_wildlife_center.html
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anutami wrote:

So all are aware...There is a wildlife rehabilitation center in Ramona, CA located right off Highland Valley road. They take in injured animals and try and rehabilitate them to realease them back into the wild.
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/article_57020e23-28c8-5436-beaa-a6fd0ae19432.html
http://www.humanesociety.org/animal_community/shelters/ffa_wildlife_center.html


Thank you for those links, do you have any experience with them? I was not able to find out much information about how to contact them to report an injured animal, only how to volunteer or to donate. I did not get the impression they were setup to have people call or report injured animals...maybe I missed something?

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1/3/2012
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Thank you for those links, do you have any experience with them? I was not able to find out much information about how to contact them to report an injured animal, only how to volunteer or to donate. I did not get the impression they were setup to have people call or report injured animals...maybe I missed something?

We have always brought the animals to them, but only have been birds fallen out of their nests. The address is 18740 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, Ca 92065 ph: (760) 789-2324 . I don't believe they come out and help with rescues, unless it is a larger animal. Since I live in Ramona, it makes it easier.
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