Field Trip #5: Muzzy Ranch Conservation Bank
Optional Post-Conference Field Trip, $80
(if space available)
(50 minute drive) The Muzzy Ranch Conservation Bank encompasses approximately 1,400 acres in central Solano County, California. The ranch lies within an almost 30 square mile block of high-quality vernal pool/grassland complex habitat known as the Jepson Prairie and supports a host of rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals. Notable species include the Delta green ground beetle (only known to occur on the Jepson Prairie), Conservancy fairy shrimp, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, California tiger salamander, and burrowing owl. The topography of the bank is characteristic of the natural grassland and vernal pool landscape of the Jepson Prairie; it is flat except for shallow depressions and small hillocks collectively referred to as mima mound micro-relief. The Bank contains 12 playa pools which are probably the most distinguishing features on the property. These pools are characteristic by highly turbid water and range in size from a quarter acre to over 22 acres. If conditions are suitable during the field trip, the property should provide an excellent show of native wildflowers and we hope to provide opportunities to see California tiger salamander larvae and vernal pool tadpole shrimp.
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