California is one of the few states that has its own endangered species law, which means that the state's most sensitive birds have the potential for an addition layer of legal protection. With talk of weakening or eliminating the Endangered Species Act filtering through Congress, we took a look at which California birds could find themselves left out. We were able to identify five species that would lose endangered species protections if the federal Endangered Species Act is rolled back. Here they are:
- Short-tailed Albatross
- Coastal California Gnatcatcher
- Western Snowy Plover
- San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike
- San Clemente Sage Sparrow
It is important to note that, in the event of the loss of the federal Endangered Species Act, these birds would still enjoy a number of protections, such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
By Garrison Frost
A New Colony of Caspian Tern Decoys on Aramburu Island
Richardson Bay Audubon Center is attacting breeding pairs of Caspian Terns with these newly painted tern decoys—a strategy successfully used by previous tern relocation efforts.