National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center
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Sonoma County, California, little vegetation for animals
9/20/2013 4:56:18 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Sonoma County, CA

Start Date: 1/25/2013 - End Date: 8/25/2013
We live on land that is protected by a conservation easement that is intended to preserve natural open space. During a drought, the impacts to natural resources on this property reflect the effects on the broader ecosystem. As a retired wildlife biologist I notice the frogs and turles in our streams are concentrated around a few bedrock pools, which increases their vulnerability to predators. Herbivores are stressed as nutritious green feed is scarce. Trees, like buckeyes and blue oaks, which here in California are adapted to dry summers have already shown fall color and leaf drop, about a month or two early. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Geyserville 10.6 WNW on 8/25/2013