News and notes about birds and conservation in California
California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS
National Audubon Society President David Yarnold today expressed concern about the man who has been nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt:
“Scott Pruitt’s nomination as the anti-EPA Administrator causes us deep concern," said David Yarnold (@david_yarnold), Audubon’s president and CEO. "The Environmental Protection Agency's work has always been based on science, but Pruitt is a climate change denier who has worked to dismantle well-grounded protections for clean air and clean water."
Read the whole statement here.
We're glad to see former Audubon California Board Member Cristina Sandoval getting recognition for the amazing work she has led protecting and growing a population of breeding Western Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point near Santa Barbara. The Western Snowy Plover is a federally threatened species that has lost many of its breedings sites along the California coast. The article also highlights the importance of the volunteer work by the Santa Barbara Audubon Society.
California is losing trees at an alarming rate. New research shows that California has lost about 62 million trees to drought and climate change in 2016, which is a higher rate than last year.
In welcome news for those concerns about oil spills on the California coast, President Obama yesterday released a plan for offshore oil drilling in federal waters that bans new permits off the California coast until 2022. Incoming President Trump has made it clear that he intends to open up new offshore oil drilling, but there are numerous hurdles to him moving quickly following Obama's action.