Bird Habitat Protection
In response to concern from our local community around the vegetation management practices of Marin County, its contractors, and PG&E, which have resulted in the destruction of multiple active bird nests, EAC is working to advocate for better bird nesting habitat protections. Untimely vegetation removal without proper biological surveys harms nesting birds, young, and eggs. March 16, 2017, EAC sent a letter to the Marin County Board of Supervisors recommending that the County consider an ordinance to protect the diverse bird populations, observe and enforce the federal and state laws that currently protect nesting birds, and restrict vegetation work to the non-nesting season. Point Blue Conservation Science and Audubon Canyon Ranch also signed on to the letter. The federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the California Fish and Game Code currently offer protection to birds, nests, eggs and young, and it is important that these laws are followed.
Wildlife protection and public safety concerns must be balanced to ensure there is a healthy environment for birds, which in turn provides benefits to other wildlife and people. Point Reyes National Seashore was listed at the number 1 birder hotspot of all national parks in 2017, with 405 bird species including the Amerian kestrel. Birdwatchers contribute to Marin County's economy. EAC holds the Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival annually, drawing hundreds of people to Marin County every year, deepening their relationships with the natural world.
Birds are under threat due to climate change, habitat loss, human disturbance, and pesticides. With tremendous worldwide threats to bird populations, and some species having declined by 50-80% since the 1960s the time to act is now! Support our letter by sending your own comments to the Marin County Board of Supervisors today (see information below). With the federal administration prioritizing removal of regulations, it is critical we enact stronger local environmental protections for our beloved birds and their habitat.