Scientists are calling this time "The Sixth Great Extinction."
As in: there have been only 5 others in 439 million years.
Rock Creek Rd. Manton, CA 96059
Clearcutting and the subsequent herbicideuse have obvious impacts on endangered and
threatened species, but they affect all species, including our own.
46 species of reptiles (Pictured: California king snake)
There are 4,000 native bee species in the U.S., who pollinate 75% of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown here, along with
pollinating 80% of the flowering plants. Standing dead trees are important nesting habitats for 30% of native bees.
Some bee species' ground-nesting behaviors aerate and enrich soils; their bodies feed other wildlife.
It is believed that there are only 150 to 300 Pacific Fishers left.
Tops of broken or dead large trees provide nesting habitat for many birds
including this species of "special concern", an osprey family.
The Sierra Nevada ecosystem is home to 570 vertebrate wildlife species including:
There may only be 10 to 15 Sierra Nevada Red Foxes left. Some reside in Lassen National Forest,
which borders the clear cut areas in Battle Creek watershed.
The Tehama deer herd is the largest migratory herd in the state, but has been on the decline for some years.
The herd migrates through the Battle Creek watershed each year. (Above)
Battle Creek Alliance members also rescue injured birds of prey.