Okay Anderson "Spider" Silva is no longer the king of MMA, but the king of spiders has never been a human. Its always been the tarantula if you consider size alone. Luckily we have a member of the tarantula group right here in the bay area. And this is the only time of year one can see them walking around. Most of the year they stay in their burrows and hunt at nite. But from early September to late October they come out during the day to mate. On this trip we'll take a moderate 2 mile roundtrip hike into the lower hills of Mt. Diablo to see if we can find this Aphonopelma species. and learn about its environment and behavior. If you have 'arachnophobia' this would be a good opportunity to work on it. And if you don't, well this will be a good time to learn more. There is a $6. parking fee.
What you'll need to bring: Because of the time of year, water. 2 bottles if you need, there are water spigots at the parking/picnic area. Nice pair of hiking shoes. A magnifying glass for extra fun.
There is no guarantee we will see spiders but the chances are better than 70%. And there are plenty of other cool things to learn about.