Research: Hoof Prints and Habitat

An article by Jeffery Wilcox, published in the latest issue of Grasslands highlights the importance of stockponds as habitat for special-status species like the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii). The author states that as conversion to other uses encroaches historic habitat for amphibian special-status species, stock ponds in open grasslands become increasingly important for the survival of those species. The article emphasizes that cattle and grazing are not only compatible but essential in the protection of a variety of species in California. Jeffery Wilcox is a Managing Ecologist with the Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation in Petaluma. For more information click here

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