BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – If you go up to Wind Wolves and up the road and see a creepy little thing crossing the road, they’re tarantulas. Right now, you can spot these creepy critters and other creepy creatures in the reserve.
Many might fear spooky critters, but for those looking to catch a glimpse of them this Halloween, you can head to Wind Wolves.
The local nature reserve, filled with a unique ecological region, is home to many creatures.
“It’s one of those things you probably won’t see in Bakersfield unless someone has it as a pet,” said Jana Borba, outdoor education naturalist.
For tarantulas, their mating season extends until October. Thus, visitors to the reserve are more likely to see them outdoors and at this time of year.
The tarantulas you see roaming the roads in the reserve are male tarantulas, looking for females hiding underground in holes covered with straps.
“They’re going to try to hit them, it almost looks like they’re playing the piano, but that’s to attract the female out of the hole,” Borba said.
It’s not just tarantulas you might see in the reserve. There are a number of spooky creatures that you might spot on the trails.
“We also have several snakes that you might see here, we also have bats, when you come for a night hike and it gets a little warmer, we will give you a black light and we are looking for scorpions”, Borba said. “We have coyotes that howl at night and don’t like it for Halloween.”
If you are visiting the reserve looking for critters, there are a few caveats to keep in mind. When driving on the roads, obey the speed limits and watch out for tarantulas and other small creatures that might cross. If you see a snake or other animal on a trail, be sure to give it space. Try not to disturb the animals as each creature plays a role in maintaining the nature reserve.
“These guys are important because they are our garbage collectors, they will pick up the fallen leaves and break them down into good soil for the plants,” Borba said.
While the reserve is open for public enjoyment, its primary use is for animals.
“Animals have priority here, we are just visitors here, it belongs to the animals, to the plants, to the soil, to the water and to the air that is here,” Borba said.
If you want to catch a glimpse of some of the creatures, Wind Wolves is having a spooky spooky hike on October 30th.