Us "grad students" love it when we get the call from prof Codge for a cam trapper's jamboree.
Because we know that fun will be had, and great critters caught.
In this case, around the SFSU Field Campus in the Tahoe National Forest, next to the Yuba River, and near the Yuba Pass, as primer eye-candy for his yearly camera trapping workshop.
A class we-who-gathered had all taken last year and thoroughly enjoyed - the curriculum, the Codge, the classmates, the campus and the countryside.
So going back to trap around that beauty area was a treat not to be missed.
Like the Codger, I too set on the slope where the elusive Martes americana had been glimpsed.
Taking a slightly different approach to his extremely cool l o n g log set, I planted my cam in tight to the scene, using a jumble of rocks to create a theater of focal area.
Set on outcrop for marten
The rock theater forces the focal plane
And then I dabbed a smelly scent in the cracks and crevices.
My marten visited 3 nights to frenetically search for the source of the stench...
5 nights after we set at 3:34am
5 nights later at 12:45am
"Is it in there?"
8 nights later at 9:20pm
One more try
Off to the next episode...
Hard to tell for sure if it's just one, and the same one as visited the Codge's set.
So for now, it's just another manic marten.