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.
The Merced River in February - Yosemite National Park (Photo Megan Ralph)