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Jaymee Marty's team looks into buckets of water collected from the vernal pools on the Howard Ranch near Sacramento for research into the effects of cattle grazing on California's delicate vernal pool habitats. Photo by Ian Shive.
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When predators can keep this voracious purple marsh crab in check, marsh grasses stand a better chance. Photo courtesy of Mark Bertness.
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