Elsewhere, disappearing rabbits can signal declining health of grassland and sagebrush ecosystems.
The garden is situated on the undeveloped edge of a large city park, among the muted tones of sagebrush , oak and eucalyptus.
Left to itself, it would be sagebrush and cactus, but American capital and hydro-engineering wizardry have made it greener than wet Seattle.
Wide open spaces beckon hikers to the slopes of Peavine Mountain, where jackrabbits and aromatic sagebrush still thrive.
From base camp with vans in the rugged Smoke Creek Desert north of Reno, we will day-hike in these sweeping expanses of sagebrush and juniper.
They also typically wore animal-skin moccasins sometimes ankle high or woven yucca or sagebrush bark sandals on their feet.
They inhabit dense forests, open sagebrush country, and alpine parklands.
Among the other new small champions you may recognize are the Texas redbud, yellow paloverde, mountain-laurel, and big sagebrush .
Cheatgrass, sagebrush , manzanita, and ponderosa pine are all part of the volatile ground fuels mix that surrounds the fast-growing city.
In summer months they eat cacti, sagebrush , mesquite, alfalfa, clover, other grasses, and herbaceous vegetation.