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Thanks to you, birds in the Klamath getting much needed water

May 14th, 2012 · by Garrison Frost

Back in late April, we alerted all of you to a tragedy unfolding in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Because of a shortage of water in the Refuge, thousands of migratory waterfowl were perishing on their way north for spring migration. Our alarm prompted nearly 20,000 of you to send emails to the Secretary of the Interior asking for more water at this critical time. Soon after your emails hit, the Bureau of Reclamation started new releases of water into the Refuge, and it looks like the the birds will have what they need through the summer. Clearly, public attention and involvement can make a difference, and we thank all of those who took a moment to speak out. The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is widely considered the most important place for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48, and it deserves our attention. As we noted in our alert, ad hoc water releases are only a temporary solution, and we’ll have to remain watchful in the fall when birds will be need water in the Refuge. (photo of a Cinnamon Teal at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge by Dave Menke/USFWS)

Categories: Audubon California · Bird Habitat · Federal Policy · Important Bird Areas · National Audubon Society · Pacific Flyway · Pacific Migration · spring migration

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  • Anonymous

    Save a bird, save a child, save a veteran of our wars; uh,”Conflicts.” ” Five Dollars For Five Birds.” The simple fact is that it takes money to save these birds and all other birds and animals, and children too. The biggest givers in the written history of the world has been the “middle-class” of America. Sadly, so many are tapped out and feel unable to give. So; save just one bird and send one dollar. You get it: if one million people did just that and did it from time to time it would make the difference. Factor in the 49 cents to post a check and off it goes. Relatively speaking, let us consider the sum that has and will be spent on the political elections. They say it will add-up to at least two billion smackers. That is one hell of a lot of money. Send a dollar, save the beauty of our world, send another buck to a group like Focus Adolescent Services and save an American child, send a buck to Wounded Warriors and help one of our troops. That comes to $3.00 plus postage and an envelope; the same that many spent today for a cup of coffee, a soda pop, or that tasty extra hamburger at lunch. This is small when we know that the few bucks will be used honestly. Break out your check book, save a bird, save a child in America, and help a veteran. When we all do this at a dollar at a time, just a dollar; a can of Coca Cola costs that or more, ( I know they are no longer that 5 cent green bottle). This is doable. This most all of us can do without having to turn the piggy-bank up-side down.

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  • diana minton

    This is great news! What a good motivator.