Album of South Fork Beaver Creek Field Trip

Selected photos by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer from our 9 October 2017 spider collecting trip to the South Fork of Beaver Creek (near the north end of Little Chumstick Valley), Chelan County, Washington. Our plan was to access varied habitats by a forest road along the creek, shown on all maps and other sources. But this road no longer exists! So we had to make do with the junction where another road leaves the creek, about a quarter-mile into the gridspace. Fortunately there were good habitats there, including pine cones, and we ended a day full of dazzling fall colors with 31 species. Laurel's account of the day is forthcoming.
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2016 aerial photo of South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington bigleaf maples turning yellow near Skykomish, Washington, 9 October 2017
3 sites (in red) around old road junction      (Chelan County, 2016) Bigleaf maples turning yellow along the highway              © Rod Crawford
huckleberry Vaccinium stands turning red at Stevens Pass, 9 October 2017 fall colors near White Pine Creek, Chelan County, Washington on 9 October 2017
Huckleberry fields bright red at Stevens Pass       © Rod Crawford Vine maple & cottonwood turning color on east slope            © Rod Crawford
topo map showing nonexistent road on South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington blocked decommissioned road, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
All online sources show a road along the South Fork      (USGS) This is where the alleged road is supposed to be!        © Rod Crawford
overgrown former forest road 6106, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington overgrown former forest road 6106, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
So here we are…           © Laurel Ramseyer …right in the middle of "Forest Road 6106"            © Laurel Ramseyer
thimbleberry, fern in roadside verge, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington Douglas-fir foliage, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Roadside verge was productive             © Rod Crawford So was Douglas-fir foliage            © Rod Crawford
male microspider Linyphiidae Spirembolus mundus, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington roadside fall colors, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Spirembolus mundus male       © Laurel Ramseyer Colorful foliage gave us sensory overload             © Laurel Ramseyer
red vinemaple & green douglas-fir, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington South Fork Beaver Creek at road, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Red & green, well before Christmas     © Rod Crawford South Fork emerges from culvert                   © Rod Crawford
alder leaf litter, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington alder foliage, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Alder litter was very productive       © Rod Crawford Alder grove made this site a winner             © Rod Crawford
crab spider Ozyptila yosemitica from vinemaple litter, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington fall-colored cottonwood tree, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Ozyptila yosemitica from vinemaple litter © Rod Crawford Fall-colored cottonwood               © Rod Crawford
grove of Ponderosa pines, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington ponderosa pine cones, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Laurel found this pine grove         © Laurel Ramseyer Thanks to which, she was able to tap 100 pine cones      © Laurel Ramseyer
vine maple in forest, not red but yellow, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington multicolored forest foliage, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
In the shade, vinemaple turns yellow      © Rod Crawford Multicolored forest foliage                       © Laurel Ramseyer
parasitized juvenile orbweaver, Araneus ?gemmoides, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington fall colors under blue sky, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Parasitic wasp larva on juvenile Araneus    © Rod Crawford Yellow, red, green and blue        © Rod Crawford
red osier dogwood Xysticus pretiosus crab spider from alder litter, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Red osier dogwood               © Laurel Ramseyer Xysticus pretiosus                © Rod Crawford
grand fir Abies grandis foliage, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington grand fir Abies grandis foliage, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington
Abies grandis needle undersides      © Laurel Ramseyer Abies grandis needles from above                © Laurel Ramseyer
female sheetweb weaver Linyphiidae Pityohyphantes sp. #5, South Fork Beaver Creek spider site, Chelan County, Washington dusk near Plain, Washington on 9 October 2017
Pityohyphantes sp. #5       © Laurel Ramseyer Colorful foliage left no color for the sunset                   © Rod Crawford


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