Album of Walter Hutchinson Park Field Trip

Selected photos by Rod Crawford and Laurel Ramseyer from our 10 January 2016 spider collecting trip to Walter G. Hutchinson Park, southern Camano Island, Washington. This 5-acre park has its habitats in good shape, with few invasives. It was chilly in the shade (high in the mid-40s) but comfortable in the sun, which we had all day. Thanks to the mild fall, plenty of spider species were still around and we brought this area up to nearly 40 species. Laurel hasn't blogged the day yet. Hutchinson Park turned out to be my 3000th Washington specimen locality!
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circa 2011 aerial photo of Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington pre-dawn glow behind Mt Rainier from a Seattle apartment, 10 January 2016
Red dots mark park boundary     (Island County, 2011) Pre-dawn glow greets early-rising arachnologist          © Rod Crawford
park sign, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington Laurel Ramseyer's and Ben Diehl's cars at Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
This must be the place             © Rod Crawford The spider collectors have arrived!              © Rod Crawford
mossy bigleaf maple trunk, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington lawn and table, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Mossy maple is the first tree you see      © Rod Crawford Park boasted a small lawn and cold tables           © Rod Crawford
big cedar trunk Thuja plicata, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington dinghy/planter by park corner, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Big red cedar trunk             © Rod Crawford Dinghy or planter — must be full of flowers in season         © Rod Crawford
metal fence post with spider, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington theridiid cobweb on metal fence, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
See the tiny black spider on fencepost dome?     © Laurel Ramseyer Cobweb under a railing                   © Laurel Ramseyer
roadside salal south of Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington pasture and wire fence south of Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Salal in the winter sunshine       © Rod Crawford Pasture and fence line south of park              © Rod Crawford
Laurel Ramseyer examining a fern sweep sample, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington sword fern understory Polystichum munitum, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Laurel examines a fern sweep sample      © Rod Crawford Sword fern dominated the understory           © Rod Crawford
female jumping spider Salticidae Phanias albeolus, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington female microspider Spirembolus abnormis from ferns, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Laurel beat Phanias albeolus from cedar  © Laurel Ramseyer Ben swept Spirembolus abnormis from ferns          © Rod Crawford
salal-crowned stump in forest, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington Cybaeota sp. from fern foliage, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Salal-crowned stump              © Rod Crawford Laurel swept this Cybaeota from ferns              © Rod Crawford
male microspider Coreorgonal monoceros from leaf litter, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington rich bed of maple litter, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Coreorgonal monoceros: original of Pinocchio?      © Rod Crawford Rich bed of bigleaf maple llitter              © Rod Crawford
apparent tiny door on tree trunk, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington moss and mushroom, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
In cedar trunk: door for leprechauns?    © Laurel Ramseyer Moss and a little shroom on a log                    © Laurel Ramseyer
maple, alder and cedar trees in winter, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington mossy log in forest, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Trees: deciduous and evergreen        © Rod Crawford Mossy log in forest             © Rod Crawford
rotten wood of stump, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington male sheetweb weaver Pimoa altioculata from dead wood, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Dead rotting wood habitat           © Rod Crawford Male Pimoa altioculata nestles into a wood niche        © Laurel Ramseyer
Ben Diehl hunts spiders on tree trunk, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington Laurel Ramseyer collecting spiders from stump, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington
Ben seeks spiders in bark fissures        © Rod Crawford Laurel collecting rotten-stump spiders       © Rod Crawford
male Callobius pictus spider, Amaurobiidae, from rotten stump, Hutchinson Park, Camano Island, Washington sunset from west shore of Camano Island, Washington on 10 January 1016
Male Callobius pictus, one of Laurel's stump catches  © Rod Crawford Sunset from Mabana on the island's west shore             © Rod Crawford


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