|Restored native grassland, San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge|
Living in the center of the San Joaquin Valley, we are surrounded by towns and farmland, on relatively arid land traversed by a small handful of rivers that flow through seriously reduced riparian habitat. What once was a thriving grassland supporting vast seasonal wetlands, throngs of migrating waterfowl and herds of pronghorn antelope and Tule elk now mainly supports an enormous almond crop, interspersed with alfalfa and corn for silage.
|Evidence of beaver (Castor canadensis) along the Tuolumne River|
|Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) in riparian forest remnant along the Tuolumne River|