Right now, in the Northwest’s high desert, the biscuit root should be ready to bloom.
Pregnant ground squirrels should be up to the surface, munching fresh shoots. But that’s not happening.
On much of Washington’s and Oregon’s eastside, snow has been on the ground for six weeks, and it has some experts wondering how life will shake out for stressed flora and fauna.
Heidi Newsome, is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service out of Burbank, Wash.