Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 28, 2018

Jepson Prairie Wildflowers 3/27/18

Jepson Prairie is a top spot for vernal pools. I was fortunate to get a personal tour with volunteer Charlies Russell, who publishes the Wildflower Hikes website. It was nice to be able to go there on a day when the pools were quite wet with good displays of Blennosperma and Meadowfoam in bloom. Some of the other plants in bloom included Fragrant Fritillary, Bicolored Lupine , Blue-eyed Grass, Goldfields, and Fiddleneck. Birds seen in numbers were White-fronted Goose, Canada Goose, American Avocet and Red-winged Blackbird.

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from UC Davis 

Located in the lower Sacramento Valley, Jepson Prairie is an island of remnant natural prairie in a vast agricultural landscape. The reserve protects several seasonal playa lakes and one of the best remaining networks of clay-pan vernal-pool habitat in the Central Valley.  Jepson Prairie also protects remnants of native forb and bunchgrass prairie. The reserve provides wetland habitat for migratory waterfowl and wading birds, and is home to 5 rare and endangered animals.  Altogether over 400 species and 64 families of plants, including 15 rare and endangered plants, are found on site. The reserve land is managed in partnership with the Solano Land Trust –  which owns the property – the Nature Conservancy, and an active docents group.

The Jepson Prairie Docents provide wildflower and natural history tours each spring.  Check this website for updates on tour schedules and opportunities to be trained as a docent.  A short trail is open to those wishing to birdwatch and admire the wildflowers on their own.



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