Grasslands and prairies are some of the most threatened habitats in the United States. Loss of habitat due to fragmentation and degradation are the major challenges that grasslands face today. All over California and the world, these ecosystems have been converted into farms, subject to livestock overgrazing, or developed by the ever-growing urban landscape. While some wildlife species can thrive in a diverse suite of ecosystems, there are others that are strongly attached to specific conditions. The grassland structure provides habitat for wintering, nesting, and foraging for a diverse group of species.
Our holistic approach to grasslands management using the Conservancy’s herd of cattle helps to restore this important landscape while our annual grassland monitoring helps us track our avian populations and habitat health.