Grassy, but not too grassy

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Reports coming from the field crew for the August census indicate a lot of grass again this summer, but perhaps not as much as last year. The grass cover makes the rodent crew a little nervous about not being able to see where they put their feet (love those rattlesnakes), but it does make for some beautiful pictures of the site.

Plot3_wavinggrass_29 Aug 08_aernest Photo: A. Ernest

Above is a picture of plot 3 (a kangaroo rat exclosure plot), showing grasses rippling in the breeze.

Below is a picture taken from outside Plot 1 (control plot) looking in. The dirt in the foreground is one of the paths around the site. The fact that you can still see dirt is why the crew thinks there is less plant cover this year than last year.

Plot1_northfence_29 Aug 08_aernest Photo: A. Ernest

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