More than 20,000 birds have died in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon-California border as water levels have become dangerously low. With more than two million birds forced to share dwindling wetlands, an outbreak of avian cholera has caused massive die-off.
You can help these birds. Add your name to the Audubon Society’s call urging water aid from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
- Sign the letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, asking for adequate water to support millions of birds arriving for spring migration.
Why it Matters
Short supply of water makes all competing interests suffer, a complicated situation to be sure, but letting the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge go completely dry, according to the National Audubon Society, “would be an untenable disaster.”
Because the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has failed to provide adequate water to support millions of spring migrating birds, more than 20,000 waterfowl have already died and that number is rising. To release enough water to support the journeying waterfowl offers a temporary albeit important solution to disease, death, and tragic environmental impact.
The Refuge is widely considered the most important habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48. The National Audubon Society explains:
Millions of birds moving north along the Pacific Flyway rely on this Refuge to successfully complete their spring migration. Letting it dry out would break one of the most important links in a migratory chain that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia.
Let’s protect these birds by providing life sustaining water.
Send your letter of support today!
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