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Discover Solano Spring 2014: Jepson Prairie

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Alkali Milk-vetch wildflowers, mixed in a bed of goldfield flowers at Jepson Prairie Reserve. Vernal pool habitat areas northeast of Travis Air Force Base are being looked at as part of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Solano County. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file 2010)

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Jepson Prairie preserve bursts into life for a few weeks each spring. Take a walk on the preserve amid the colorful wildflowers and observe the past as the site is home to more than 400 plant species, including those considered rare and endangered.

It is owned by the Solano Land Trust and protects one of the last of the clay-lined vernal pool grassland habitats, which are found in only a handful of places in the world including the western U.S. It is also home to native bunchgrass, the metallic green Delta green ground beetle and endangered Solano grass.

Docent-led tours from mid-March through early May 2014 were canceled due to the effects of the California drought and may resume in the spring of 2015. Visitors in spring 2014 may visit Jepson Prairie on their own to see how the vernal pools and prairie are responding to the drought.

Location: From Interstate 80 take Highway 113 south toward Dixon, go 10 miles, when highway takes a 90 degree turn, continue straight onto Cook Lane.

More information: 707-432-0150 (Solano Land Trust) or http://www.solanolandtrust.org/JepsonPrairie.aspx

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