Mountain Meadows and Aspen
Aspen stands and meadows are to the forests of the Sierra Nevada as networking and a healthy savings are to a successful career, respectively. These two habitats are critical in providing and maintaining diversity and resilience to existent and predicted changes. They both are also instrumental in providing clean water storage and fresh air for human communities.
High-elevation meadows are vital for birds and other wildlife and also for people. Because they can store and filter so much water, and can reduce peak flood flows, meadows make downstream water more reliable for farms, communities, and hydropower facilities. These ecological services will become more crucial as snow- and rainfall patterns shift due to climate change. Restoring ecological function to heavily degraded meadows in the Sierra Nevada is one of the best ways to safeguard our water supplies, protect wildlife—and ensure that birds like the Rufous Hummingbird will continue to find the emerald habitats they need, when they need them.
Aspen is the single most species-rich avian habitat in the Sierra Nevada. Several bird species of management interest are associated with aspen including Northern Goshawk, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Warbling Vireo, and Mountain Bluebird.
Point Blue is monitoring bird communities and guiding management, In both meadow and aspen habitats in the the Sierra Nevada, in partnership with the US Forest Service and other key groups. We have had a key role in conservation of these areas since the early 2000's.
Download a copy of our factsheet, Restoring Sierra Meadows.