US Fish and Wildlife Proposes Federal Protection for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo


From their News Release:

"Sacramento – On October 3, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposed to list the western distinct population segment (DPS) of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico.  In the U.S., the western yellow-billed cuckoo is known to occur in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.


“The western yellow-billed cuckoo is distinct from populations in the east and has different habitat requirements,” said Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Service. “Populations of western yellow-billed cuckoo, and their nesting habitat along rivers and streams, have been declining over the last few decades.  The Service is asking the public to review our proposal to list the western yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species and submit comments.  We need all of the best available scientific information to help us make a final decision that most effectively protects the species." 


The service is requesting public comments.  To read more about the proposal as well as learn how to submit comments, read the full document.  Click here.

Keep the Merced River a Wild and Scenic River
There have been ongoing attempts to remove the Wild and Scenic designation from the Merced River.  In March 2013, Congressman Tom McClintock introduced HR 934 to rollback this protection from the river.  Yosemite Area Audubon Society opposes all efforts to de-designate the Merced River.
The Yosemite Area Audubon has voted to oppose the raising of Lake McClure.  We are concerned about the potential flooding of a designated segment of the Wild and Scenic Merced River.  In addition, we are concerned about the negative impacts that flooding a portion of the wild and scenic Merced River would have on wildlife.
We urge our members and friends as well as other Audubon Society chapters and organizations to oppose this bill and any others that would remove this designation from the Merced.
Read the text of Yosemite Area Audubon Society's letter here.
Read the full text of HR 934 here.
Merced River in February Yosemite National Park
The Merced River in February - Yosemite National Park (Photo Megan Ralph)

Elected Officials Information

US Senator and Representative Contact Info:

Senator Barbara Boxer

112 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3553


Senator Dianne Feinstein

331 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3841


Representative Jeff Denham

1605 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515



California State Senator and Representative Contact Information:


Assembly District 25

Kristin Olsen


Capitol Address

State Capitol

Room 2111

Sacramento, CA 94249-0025

(916) 319-2025


District Address
3719 Tully Road Suite C
Modesto, CA 95356
(209) 576-6425


Senate (District 14)

Tom Berryhill


Capitol Address

State Capitol
Room 3076
Sacramento, CA 94248-0001
(916) 651-4014

District Address

4641 Spyres Way Suite 2
Modesto, CA 95356


Birds and Conservation in the News

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Chris Packham, nature program presenter for the BBC, criticized Malta for bird slaughter.  Read more (The Independent)
April 10, 2014 Scientists publish world's first rankings of evolutionary distinct under threat of extinction, the bird species that have the fewest relatives.  Read more (Science Daily)
April 10, 2014 Several Adirondack bird species are in trouble, due to climate change and habitat loss.  Read more (Science Daily)
See the Conservation Archive Page for previous news items