Thursday, September 24, 2015
Say's Phoebe at the San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge, and a Horrific Weed
It's been a catastrophically dry year in the Great Valley, and the effects were clear at the San Joaquin NWR. The river was barely flowing, and invasive Water Hyacinth plants threatened to cover the river completely. The weed is extremely hard to control, and eradication is probably impossible. For the moment I think there are high hopes for flood runoff to just sweep them out to sea. They've got a "bloat" of hippopotami grazing on hyacinth in part of the river delta near Stockton. I guess they're bringing in some manatees, too.
Postscript: In case there are misunderstandings about the hippos and manatees, check the date of the hippo story...