Awesome Article by Kathleen M. Wong
Amid the Central Valley’s vast sea of grasses lie some of the oddest ecological islands in California. Known as vernal pools, they are home to dozens of tiny plant and animal species that live nowhere else in the world. From microscopic fairy shrimp to dainty white popcorn flowers, each has adapted to a world that floods in winter and dries to a crisp by summer.
Continue reading here: California Wild Winter 2006 – Hotspot: Vernal Pools.