Over the course of thousands of years of geological and environmental development, the Eastern Sierra and adjacent valleys have become home to many rare species. These species have adapted to their changing conditions and face a new world that includes rapid human development, a changing climate, and invasive species.
Recently, a podcast produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlighted one of these unique species, the Long Valley speckled dace, and the challenges and successes of biologists who work to conserve it and other small desert fish in California.
You can read (or hear) about these success stories and challenges here: Conserving small desert fish is no small feat.