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Dried wetlands

West coast birds are in trouble.

Portland Audubon is sounding the alarm on the situation in the nation’s oldest waterfowl refuge.  “The Klamath National Wildlife Refuges are some of the most important refuges for migratory birds in the Western United States. Today they should be full of water and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. Instead Tule Lake and Lower Klamath Refuges are dry, dusty, barren expanses. There is no water to be found and birds are few and far between. At the peak of migration, the refuges are virtually silent. “

Birds migrating along the Pacific flyway depend on this habitat—especially now that California’s own wetlands have been reduced by more than 80 percent.

The only solution to this immediate emergency is a federal one. Portland Audubon seeks the public’s help in reaching out to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

You can help by following the link below and sending a letter. It will take five minutes. 


Nature doesn’t see the world in terms of west or east coasts. Habitat is without boundaries. The danger to birds is real. If you have ever attended the Klamath Falls Bird Festival or seen this extraordinary phenomenon of migration, will understand the urgency of this request.

Thanks for your help.

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

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