As we continue to experience drought conditions here in California, our biologists are noticing its impact on the local wildlife. The biology staff has seen a decline in the number and diversity of animals when conducting small mammal and pitfall trapping in recent weeks. This could potentially have an effect on how regulatory agencies view biological survey results when looking for special-status species. Meaning they may question negative specific special-status species survey results, and making it more important than ever to be sure that you are working with an experienced biology team.