Welcome to the California Native Grasslands Association
Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

Grasslands are Home to Many Species of Plants and Animals

Grassland birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, pollinators and other animals depend on the resources grassland plants and spaces provide. Currently 73 grassland-associated species are listed by the state & federal Endangered Species Acts: 14 vertebrates and 59 plants, and 14 invertebrates, including 6 butterfly species.This count does not even include native pollinators and other plants and animals experiencing sharp declines. 

Species Spotlights

Below are links to reprints from CNGA's Grasslands Journal and  to other articles about important grassland plants and animals. 


Guide to the Coastal Plants of San Mateo County, by Mel Preston, Point Blue Conservation Science. 


Species Spotlight: Narrow-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)

Species Spotlight: Clustered Field Sedge (Carex praegracilis)

Species Spotlight: Dove Weed (Croton setiger) - Winter 2018

Species Spotlight: California Poppy, (Eschscholzia californica)

Species Spotlight: Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)


Species Spotlight: Fescue to the Rescue (Festuca californica, F. idahoensis, F. rubra, F. spp.)

Species Spotlight: Small Fescue (Festuca microstachys) 

Species Spotlight: Deergrass (Muhlenbergia rigens)

Species Spotlight:  Sandberg Bluegrass, (Poa secunda)

Species Spotlight: Purple Needlegrass (Stipa pulchra)

Article: Grazing Nasella: Maintaining purple needlegrass in a sea of aggressive annuals. George MR, S Larson-Praplan, M Doran, KW Tate. 2013. Rangelands Vol 35. No. 2. (2013). 


Species Spotlight: Ohlone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela ohlone)

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