The ongoing drought in California means less habitat, fewer ducks and reduced hunting opportunities as a result. This could create a vicious cycle that continues to have an impact on habitat for years to come. Water Deeply discussed it with Mark Hennelly of the California Waterfowl Association
The drought has disrupted bird migration, diminished food sources and may lead to ill health when birds crowd into the limited habitat that remains viable during drought. This is particularly true for ducks, geese and other waterfowl and wading birds, which rely on vast areas of shallow standing water for food and protection.It also disrupts conservation funding, because hunting opportunities are restricted. Hunters, through the fees and taxes they pay on licenses, equipment and land access, fund a lot of the conservation activity that keeps migratory birds healthy and allows the purchase of additional habitat lands.
Read more here: Water Deeply, November 12, 2015