In a light rain, I visited the UC Botanical Gardens, located along Strawberry Creek a mile above the UC Berkeley campus. I eagerly anticipated spying on seldom-seen and elusive newts, creatures that migrate and mate during winter and spring rains. The Japanese Pool at the Botanical Gardens makes for a perfect breeding site. Although the native California newts, rough-skin newts and the Pacific chorus frog all find habitat here, California newts predominated. On the bottom of the pond, dozens of gelatinous balls of eggs clung to aquatic plants..
March 6, 2011, Berkeley, California