Transects in the Babocomari
Here’s Gooch setting up a transect in the Babocomari Ranch, the site of our two largest current projects. We’re working with two grants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) to build rock dams to increase water recharge underground (and hopefully return perennial flow to the Babocomari River) and monitor how the grasslands and the birds who depend on these grasses for overwintering grounds have changed over the last 35 years.
The transect that Gooch is setting up will be used to monitor the activity of birds, specifically Baird’s and grasshopper sparrows. The data collected will then be correlated with vegetation information and compared to data from 35 years ago, before the invasion of the invasive Lehman’s lovegrass into the area. Stay tuned for results!