California’s Mediterranean grasslands are a biodiversity hotspot, despite their domination by non-native grasses. Through science-based management of these habitats, we can help save birds at risk of extinction. Our speakers will explain how grazing practices affect birds such as the Burrowing Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Western Meadowlark, and Grasshopper Sparrow, and will share examples of positive grasslands management.
Lawrence D. Ford is Principal of LDFord Rangeland Conservation Science and Research Associate in environmental studies at U.C. Santa Cruz. Michele Hammond is Staff Research Associate of the Range Ecology Lab in the Environmental Science Policy and Management Department at U.C. Berkeley.