Drought takes toll on birds, Pacific Flyway

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By Brigid McCormack, Executive Director of Audubon California

Summer is a relatively quiet time for birds in California?s Central Valley, as most of the ducks and geese are breeding in the north. But this year is more quiet than usual.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Department of Fish Wildlife, the number of breeding ducks remaining in California this season is 23 percent below the long-term average. The decline speaks to the significant degradation of habitat in the Central Valley due to lack of precipitation.

Every corner of the state is feeling the pain of the drought. It is having a devastating effect on birds, just as it is hurting communities and agriculture. As California?s severe drought is felt more keenly, the Legislature?s efforts to approve a water bond for the November ballot have become all the more imperative.

Read the rest of Brigid McCormack?s Op-Ed here: Capitol Weekly, July 15, 2014

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