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22
May
2012

Ring of Flowers

Floristic Monitoring at Van Vleck Mitigation Bank The picture above was taken earlier this month while Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) completed annual floristic monitoring at our Van Vleck Mitigation Bank. The 775 acre site is located in eastern Sacramento County and provides offsite mitigation for impacts to vernal pool habitats and associated grassland species in

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14
Mar
2012

Day in the Field

Hydrologic Monitoring at Van Vleck Mitigation Bank During a recent sunny day I had the privilege of spending time out of the office and in the field helping our senior ecologist complete some hydrologic monitoring at our Van Vleck Mitigation Bank. Although I would never complain about getting to spend the day outside in the

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6
Mar
2012

WES Assists in the Construction of the Southeast’s First “Nature Playground”

The Southeast Office of Westervelt Ecological Services participated in a collaborative effort to build the southeast’s first “nature playground” in Auburn, Alabama. Knowing that children between the ages of 3 and 12 only spend 1% of their time outdoors, the playground was designed to encourage appreciation for the outdoors. Unlike traditional parks, the nature playground

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14
Feb
2012

Soaking Up the Sun

Maintaining Basking Sites for California Red Legged Frog at Big Gun Conservation Bank Back in 2010 we announced the approval by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of our Big Gun Conservation Bank.  The Bank, located in Michigan Bluff, outside Foresthill, is home to what may be the largest remaining documented population of California red-legged frogs

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6
Feb
2012

Endangered Species Monitoring at Burke Ranch

Here at WES we are just weeks away from the first round of sampling for California Tiger Salamander (CTS) larvae at our Burke Ranch Conservation Bank, assuming the rains continue.  The California Tiger Salamander is listed both as a federally threatened and California State threatened species.  It is a terrestrial salamander with a broad, rounded

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26
Jan
2012

Flowers and Fire

Recently, we highlighted our cooperative burn conducted on our Pensacola Bay Mitigation Bank in the Garcon peninsula of Florida.  The site has a number of listed plant species including the carnivorous white-topped pitcher plant, which is a Florida state listed species.  Many other cool (and rare) plants such as the snake mouth orchid, pot of

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13
Jan
2012

Burn Baby Burn!

Prescribed Burn at Pensacola Bay Mitigation Bank Prescribed burning is a complex task best left to experts in the field; and the more experts involved in such a project, the better.  Recently, Westervelt Ecological Services’ John McGuire and the Garcon Point Stewards combined their expertise to jointly burn roughly 200 acres in the Pensacola Bay

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