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Drought affects wildlife on first day of spring

Normaly life cycles of newts, mammals impacted

The sunny, warm weather may be a pleasure for humans, but it is showing signs of negatively impacting local wildlife, a Midpeninsula Open Space District biologist said.

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm

This blog ties into the San Franciscquito Creek situation. The creek starts at Searsville lake on Stanford Campus. Rather than releasing some water to go down stream to the bay Stanford is holding the water to irrigate the SU golf course.

Note that the creek is designated as a flood control element for the Santa Clara Water District and should be managed from end to end as such.

The end result at the bottom is the intrusion of salt water upward and the build up of sludge. It is creating a breakdown of the PA Baylands.


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Nora Charles is a registered user.

Thanks very much to Sue Dremann for this great piece. I was wondering how wildlife was faring with the drought. It's fascinating to read about newts and creatures most of us rarely see, and the intricacy of their worlds.


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Posted by Nature-Is-As-Nature-Does
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Got to wonder how all of the earth's wildlife got along before we humans became so caring? Animals die all they time, and they don't seem to be very concerned. So why should we--particularly since there is little that we can do about it.

Remember--it wasn't that long ago that the naturalists were complaining that the humans were feeding the ducks at the pond in the baylands--and that was making for big trouble for these animals. So--if we were to come up with some way to provide them water -- how long before these same naturalists would be wringing their hands and complaining about that?

Animals adapt .. or they move on .. what's the problem?


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Posted by HowToHelpCreatures
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I would like to see all creatures certainly get their WATER.


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