Posted by: James Wapotich | August 4, 2018

Trail Quest: Remote viewing Parma Park

Back in November my friend Dana loaned me one of his wildlife cameras. I had been meaning to get some so I could take them with me on backpacking trips. Recalling the advice of wildlife biologist David Lee, I first set the camera up in my backyard to get familiar with how it worked before taking it out into the field. I’d taken a class with David earlier that year on using wildlife cameras and learned a lot of useful tips that came into play as I got into using the cameras. The article I wrote about the class can be seen here.

After a successful run in my backyard, I began to wonder where else I could set one up. I eventually settled on Parma Park, which was close to where I lived, undeveloped enough, and not nearly as popular as the front country trails.

My first camera location didn’t pan out, even though it was located near a mountain lion kill. Learning from the experience, I found a spot with evidence of more animal traffic and set up my camera at an intersection of several game trails.

Three days after I set up the camera a pack of five coyotes wandered through. Other animals the camera recorded over the next three months included deer, skunk, rabbit, bobcat, and fox. Inspired by my initial results, I set up a second camera in Parma Park, which captured images of deer, bobcat, skunk, mouse, and a couple of birds. Overall, the most active wildlife in the park are the mule deer, specifically Odocoileus hemionus californicus, aka California mule deer or black-tailed mule deer.

Article appears in section A of the July 23rd, 2018 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press

Older articles can be seen by scrolling down or using the search feature in the upper right corner. Articles from the News-Press appear here a couple months after they appear in the paper.

Below are images from the first successful site.

Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking bucks santa barbara

California mule deer aka black-tailed mule deer

Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck santa barbara

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coyote Canis latrans wildlife camera tracking santa barbara

Coyote

coyote Canis latrans wildlife camera tracking santa barbara

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coyotes Canis latrans wildlife camera tracking parma park santa barbara

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bobcat Lynx rufus wildlife camera tracking parma park santa barbara

Bobcat

bobcat Lynx rufus wildlife camera tracking parma park santa barbara

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bobcat Lynx rufus wildlife camera tracking parma park santa barbara

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck

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Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking does

Does

skunk wildlife camera tracking santa barbara

Skunk

grey fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus wildlife camera tracking parma park santa barbara

Grey fox

Below are some images from the nearby second site.

Odocoileus hemionus californicus California mule deer black-tailed mule deer wildlife camera tracking buck santa barbara

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bobcat Lynx rufus wildlife camera tracking parma park santa barbara

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bobcat Lynx rufus wildlife camera tracking parma park santa barbara

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mouse wildlife camera tracking parma park santa barbara

Mouse

Flicker Colaptes auratus wildlife camera tracking santa barbara

Flicker


Responses

  1. Hi James,

    It was very interesting to read about your experience with wildlife cameras. My colleague James lives up at the end of Mission canyon and has sent me a few nice shots taken in his driveway including bears, mountain lion and bobcats. He is actually quite sure that the mountain lion lives in that area as he and some of his neighbors have seen it a few times. Also some of of their pets got killed and neighbors tend to have more dogs around… Let me see if I find a a few from his pictures and I will send them in an email.

    Sebastian


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