They look barren during the summer and fall, but after winter rain they are home to endangered tadpole and fairy shrimp
that are critical food sources for native and migratory birds.
98 USING NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE GENETIC DIVERSITY OF ENDANGERED FAIRY SHRIMP
(CRUSTACEA: BRANCHIOPODA: ANOSTRACA)
The other group, which was generally favoured, thought they came from a class of crustaceans called branchiopods, which include brine shrimp and fairy shrimp
It is also home to 14 threatened and endangered animal species including San Diego fairy shrimp
(Branchinecta sandiegonensis), Riverside fairy shrimp
(Streptocephalus wootori), arroyo southwestern toad (Bufo californicus microscaphus), steelhead salmon (Oncorhynchus mykiss), tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberry), Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi), Pacific pocket mouse (Perognathus longimembris pacificus), and seven species of birds.
Audubon and the Nashua River Watershed Association to offer this program to showcase the many conservation areas that are open to the public, to get residents of all ages out of doors and in the fresh air, and perhaps to learn a little something about wood frogs and fairy shrimp
, a new trail to hike and explore, a vista to be discovered.
These pools are depressions that remain inundated during the rainy season and provide habitat to a unique assembly of plants and animals, such as the federally listed vernal pool fairy shrimp
, that complete their life cycles before the pools dry out during the dry season.
live only in temporary vernal pools, where they have survived through all the major episodes of global extinction that eliminated so much of early life.
It also establishes clear goals and measures for protecting, managing and monitoring 23 wildlife and 42 plant species, including the San Joaquin kit fox, California red-legged frog, vernal pool fairy shrimp
and western burrowing owl.
, tadpole shrimp, and clam shrimp are all capable of this impressive feat, a skill not uncommon among a category of animals called branchiopods.
There are only two other giant predatory fairy shrimp
known to science; one is found in Europe and the Middle East, and one occurs in the Oregon California desert.
Thamnocephalus platyurus is a fairy shrimp
indigenous to the Southern High Plains that is also available commercially.
The airport, the world's fifth busiest, is one of the last refuges for dwindling populations of the Riverside Fairy Shrimp