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The Sierra snowpack is about 125 percent of average, according to the Department of Water Resources snow measuring team. That's about twice as much snow as there was last year at this time. However, because last year was so dry, more precipitation is needed to bring the reservoirs up to average. The water outlook for the summer is for a dry year for both the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins. Percentage-wise there is more snowpack in the southern Sierra with 130 percent of average compared to 120 in the north and 110 in the central.
All 50 hives of a noted collection of honeybees will be returned to the UC Davis Harry Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. The 750,000 bees are now pollinating an almond orchard near Dixon. They are the most studied stock of bees anywhere. They represent 32 generations of genetic stock. They'll be used in research seeking to find the cause of colony collapse disorder as well as resolving other bee health issues. They had been housed at Arizona State University since 2004.
There are more nutrients in red cabbage than scientists previously thought. Researchers identified eight anthocyanins that had never before been detected to add to the 28 already known. Those are healthful compounds that are thought to improve brain function, promote heart health and may provide cancer protection. The scientists had volunteers eat red cabbage and other vegetables. Those consuming the red cabbage had more of the anthocyanins absorbed into their blood than did the volunteers consuming other vegetables.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced an additional review of the greater sage grouse to determine if the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. The birds are found in several states including eastern California at elevations above 4,000 feet. Cattle ranchers are concerned their leases of federal rangeland could be in jeopardy should the bird be listed. The comment period ends May 27, 2008.Top