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Originally Posted: May 7, 2012

Protect Thousands More Birds from Death in Oregon

FROM Aubudon Action Center

ACTION

Tell the Secretary of the Interior to direct more water to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (Oregon-California border) to avert more deathly disasters for birds.

More than 20,000 birds have already died in the Refuge as water levels reach dangerously low levels. The Refuge is widely considered the most important habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48, and yet the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has failed to provide adequate water to support the millions of birds arriving for spring migration. With more than two million birds forced to bunch together in the remaining wetlands, an outbreak of avian cholera has caused the massive die-off.

Sign an online petition:
https://secure3.convio.net/nasaud/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1275&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=6xdcji59v2.app306a

Klamath refuge migratory birds Salazar

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950stop
feedback@ios.doi.gov 

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

I am writing to urge you to direct the Bureau of Reclamation to send additional water resources to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and avert a catastrophic disaster for migrating birds. As I write this, the Bureau has not sent adequate water, and the resulting low water levels have caused the deaths of more than 20,000 waterfowl--and that number is rising.

Kalamath refuge, migratory birds, Salazar
Migratory waterfowl like this Greater White-fronted Goose are dying by the tens of thousands in the Klamath Basin.

The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is the most important habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48. 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.

Clearly, the situation in the Klamath is complicated, and a number of interests compete for scarce water resources. In a dry year, all of these interests suffer. But letting the Refuge go completely dry would be an untenable disaster.

The short-term solution to this problem is for the Bureau of Reclamation to release enough water into the Refuge to support the waterfowl journeying north through spring and summer.

The recurring need to ensure water for the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge will continue until a comprehensive plan is put forward to balance all of the interests in the Klamath Basin. Until that plan becomes a reality, the Bureau needs to release enough water to get the birds by for now. Please send the water now to avoid a catastrophic disaster for this incredible natural resource. 


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