Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

Grasslands are Home to Many Species 

Grassland birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, and other living things depend on the resources grassland plants and spaces provide.

Currently over 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 (1). This count does not even include native pollinators and other grassland-dependent plants and animals experiencing sharp declines.

1. Jantz, P. A., B. F. L. Preusser, et al. 2007. Regulatory protection and conservation. In: M. R. Stromberg, J. D. Corbin, and C. M. D’Antonio [eds.]. California grasslands: ecology and management. Berkeley, CA, USA: University of California Press. p. 297–318.


Bacteria, Lichen, Fungi, and Moss

Species Spotlight: It's Alive! The Hidden Microbial Communities Encrusting Grasslands, by Brianne Palmer. Grasslands 2019 Vol 29(1): 15-17.  

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