We treasure our Davis ponds and greenbelts. With climate change, will they become an unaffordable luxury? Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
Snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada runs into the Sacramento River and helps meet the needs of about 35 percent of the agriculture and urban water demands of the state. A temperature rise of 3 degrees Celsius is likely to decrease snowpack runoff by one-third. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
Burrowing owls are enjoyed in Davis, especially along the Wildhorse buffer lands. However, the populations have declined in Davis and elsewhere. Will burrowing owls be here at the end of this century, or will they go the way of the grizzly bear and the pronghorn antelope — mammals that once were here in abundance? Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
Canada geese and their goslings make their home in Davis' ponds. Will we have the luxury of ponds as water becomes more scarce? Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
Swainson's hawks are currently nesting in Davis, and many watch for their return from Mexico and South America in the spring. The hawks' population has been reduced by an estimated 90 percent from its historical levels. What will climate change do to their numbers? Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo

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