From The High Country News (Helen Santoro): The key mission of the Refuge System — to protect and restore wildlife habitat — may be falling by the wayside. The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is nestled between the boggy wetlands and glistening ponds of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Inside, near a cluttered display of taxidermy birds […]

via Wildlife refuges suffer under budget cuts and staff shortages — @HighCountryNews — Coyote Gulch

Here’s the release from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Vanessa Kauffman): The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $28 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects. Marking its 30th anniversary since enactment, the 2019 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to […]

via Secretary Bernhardt Announces Over $100 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects — @USFWS — Coyote Gulch

From Colorado Parks & Wildlife (Jason Clay): Ahead of the start of the waterfowl migration into Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife technicians and officers are finishing up construction for a habitat improvement project at the Jackson Lake State Wildlife Area (SWA). The habitat improvement project starts by being more efficient with its water. Crews are […]

via Habitat improvement project at Jackson Lake State Wildlife Area will benefit waterfowl — @COParksWildlife — Coyote Gulch

BACKYARD BIRD FEEDERS REALLY DO HELP

As climate change puts increasing pressure on the world’s bird populations, we can all help from our homes to provide life-sustaining feed to birds caught by unreliable and shifting seasons, drought, wildfires, and any manner of changing world climate conditions. Some species may adapt if they have enough transition time, others may not.
In the meantime, we can all help by putting out and maintaining feeders in suitable seasons and conditions. Farmers can leave two or three rows of unharvested crops at the edge of the field for birds to find over the winter. Even table scraps can be useful for some species.
Serious population and species reductions have been projected; like up to a two- thirds decline in some bird numbers in some parts of the planet. Species types, too, will be seen where they never may have been before, as these move to more comfortable environments. Others may not be seen in some areas again…
You can help!

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