Open Space Preserve Aquatic Habitat Surveys
VNLC conducted pond and stream surveys for special-status reptiles and amphibians at six large preserves owned or managed by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. At each site, we evaluated potential habitat, and conducted species surveys. We prepared profiles of each of the more than 50 ponds, summarizing species presence and potential. For each preserve, we analyzed species distribution, potential improvements, and management concerns, and made recommendations for the Authority to protect and enhance their species’ habitat and populations. We collaborated with Authority staff to create a database to summarize and track the results of our initial surveys and the Authority’s ongoing monitoring and management.