Two of the many delights at the SFSU Sierra Nevada Field Campus are the carpets of Brewer's Mat Lupine, Lupinus breweri, and the multitudes of Long-eared Chipmunks, Neotamias quadrimaculatus.
During this year's camera trapping workshop by the Codger, I thought I'd combine both by setting a 16 mega pixel, continuously-auto-focusing (down to 4") homebrew cam trap on the ground in a patch of lupine, with a sprinkle of seeds in front.
Here are the results...
Another reason I think this mix so fitting - chipmunks and lupines can both be a serious pain to sort to species. In California there are 13 chipmunk species, often with 2-3 in an area, and 73 lupine species, often with a dozen in an area, and covering 4-1/2 pages of keys in Jepson.
I guess cute works in many niches.
- SFSU Sierra Nevada Field Campus
- Camera Trap Codger - 2014 Workshop
- Wikipedia - Long-eared Chipmunk
- Jepson eFlora - Lupinus breweri
- Jepson eFlora - Lupine keys
- Calflora - Lupinus breweri