Selected photos (by Rod
Crawford and Della Scott) from a spider collecting trip on 8 July 2010 to 2 sites near Poulsbo, Kitsap County, Washington. The first site, on undeveloped county parks property at the edge of a recent DNR clearcut, gave me a nice object lesson on timber harvest impact: habitats newly exposed to direct sunlight had lost much of their former spider fauna, compared to better habitats still in the shade. At the second site (Dogfish Creek) only the country road right-of-way was public, but some species were still added, raising the area's spider total from 3 to 29 species.
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|Rude Road property on right; DNR forest stand at lower left was clearcut this year (Kitsap County, 2009)||Della heads for her class, leaving me to collect © Rod Crawford|
|Remnant grassy field; blackberry lurks behind © Rod Crawford||Ceraticelus vesperus male swept from grass © Rod Crawford|
|Spider-free salal exposed by clearcut © Rod Crawford||Salal still in shade yielded 13 spider species © Rod Crawford|
|Carapace of uncommon Philodromus oneida © Rod Crawford||Impenetrable, largely invasive jungle surrounds young firs © Rod Crawford|
|Formerly part of the forest floor… © Rod Crawford||…now toast, exposed to the sun's pitiless glare © Rod Crawford|
After leaving the first site, some cruising about brought us to where a country road crosses Dogfish Creek.
|Aerial view of Dogfish Creek site (Kitsap County, 2009)||Della strikes a pose near the creek © Rod Crawford|
|Lush roadside grass © Rod Crawford||Dogfish Creek, obviously a nice salmon stream © Rod Crawford|
|Finally, some accessible fir foliage © Rod Crawford||I completed my day's catch in the last good collecting light © Della Scott|