It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

In the past 121 years every February has seen at least some rainfall. This year (2020) we experienced the first dry February since 1899. Because of this (and other factors), the vernal pool grasslands have stayed significantly dry and the vernal pools are merely depressions, unfilled. In response to this, we may ask, “What is the point of visiting and/or appreciating the vernal pools if there is no water?” My response to that would be

Vernal Pools: why do they matter?

Vernal Pools: why do they matter?

By Saige White If you’ve lived in California’s Central Valley for at least a few years, you may have heard the term, ‘vernal pool’. Not known to many, California’s vernal pools are a rare type of wetland that exist in very few places on Earth. Found in rolling grasslands around the Sacramento area, vernal pools are temporary, which sets them apart from other wetlands, ponds, or lakes. For 6-8 months of the year they are

Poison Oak: the good that’s hard to see

Poison Oak: the good that’s hard to see

Many of us know the saying, “Leaves of three, leave them be.” When we learned that phrase, we also learned of the terrible things that can happen if you don’t leave poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) be; rashes, blisters, and easy spreading of the allergic reaction across the entire body. The oils that exist on the leaves and stems of this plant can be hard to remove after you’ve been exposed, and often takes special soap