It is nothing short of amazing that Topanga has any Southwestern pond turtles and steelhead trout surviving after our roller coaster rides of drought and rain! (Conserving WaterOne Turtle Pond at a Time, Messenger, Vol. 37, No. 15, July 25, 2013.) Unfortunately, our drought cycle, combined with increased global warming, appears to be more severe than any in decades. The year-round creek on my property (the old Jan Moore homestead) has always had two feet of water beneath the waterfall for the last 22 yearsuntil last year, when it went bone dry in September. That water was vital for deer, quail, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons and frogs. The deer are eating the apples two months early this year, and have even been crunching on the ice plant in their quest for water. This year the water hole went dry on July 15th! The frog chorus here was almost silent this spring, but I was pleased that the chorus was still in full throat behind Roccos.