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Biology 130: Methods in Field Biology

Hastings Info



Hastings is located in the Sierra de Salinas, on the most northerly end of the Santa Lucia Range that makes up the Big Sur wilderness of central, coastal California. Located about 26 river miles upstream of the Pacific Ocean on the Carmel River watershed, Hastings includes the confluence of three seasonal creeks that feed into Finch Creek, and then the Carmel River. Immediately adjacent to Hastings are a complex of vernal pools and springs that support the endangered California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) and one of the few coastal populations of the federally listed, endemic California Tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) that have not hybridized with non-native tiger salamanders introduced from Texas and other western states to much of the Sierra de Salinas. Most of Hastings has not been grazed for 70 years, and the reserve is home to several rare, unplowed native perennial grasslands. All this lends high conservation interest and value to the reserve.

Hastings reserve
(View of Hastings reserve facing North. Blue oaks and mix of grazed and ungrazed grasslands. Photo by Adam Green)

Hastings is a mix of oak woodland, grassland, and riparian zones.

Hastings reserve
(Creekshed with large Blue and Valley oaks and Maple. Year round springs provide critical water for wildlife in this area. Photo by Adam Green)

There is a rich fauna with several species and groups that have been studies for many years to decades. As an indicator of diversity every photo on this page was taken in one morning.

Acorn woodpecker
(Acorn woodpecker with granary. Photo by Adam Green)

Acorn woodpeckers have been studies at Hastings for decades. Read about their amazing social and breeding behaviors.

Turkey
(Wild turkey. Photo by Adam Green)

RSHA
(Red-shouldered hawk. Photo by Adam Green)

Mule deer
(Mule deer. Photo by Adam Green)

Wild boar
(Wild boar. Photo by Adam Green)

Wild board cause serious damage to native habitat and agricultural land. Can Wild Pigs Ravaging the U.S. Be Stopped?

Newt
(California newt. Photo by Adam Green)

Newts and salamanders migrate between the moist forests on the reserve to vernal pools in nearby ranchlands. As a result they cross roads and are often killed by cars. In one short drive I shuttled 4 newts across the road.

To prepare for the weekend check the weather from the nearby weather stations:

Hastings Natural History Reservation, California Weather Station

Weather Underground- closest weather station to reserve

You can look at the housing we will have here. There is plenty of room for everyone to have a bed in either the School House or Ranch House. You can also tent camp near the School House. There are bathrooms and showers in both houses and we will use the main kitchen in the School House.


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