Monday, April 20, 2009

Birding site earns spot in L.A. Times

I felt delighted to open Sunday's Times and see a bird -- an American Avocet -- on the front page of the California section. This birding article is the second within a month to get big play in the Times (the other one being the Travel section's piece about High Island, Texas). Nice to see birds, birding and birders like Jon Dunn receiving more coverage in a mainstream newspaper!

From the photo gallery

From Sunday's Los Angeles Times:

Reporting from Lone Pine, Calif. -- Teams of biologists fanned out across the vast playa of Owens Lake on Saturday to take a full accounting of one of environmentalism's unintended successes: tens of thousands of migrating waterfowl and shorebirds roosting on a dust-control project.

The 100-square-mile lake just east of Sequoia National Park was transformed into dusty salt flats after 1913, when its cargo of snowmelt and spring water was diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Since 2001, however, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has flooded portions of the lake bed to control choking dust pollution.

Nature quickly responded to the ankle-deep sheet of water delivered by the $500-million dust-control project's plumbing system. First to appear on the sheen of water tinged bright green by algae were brine flies. Then came migrating birds that feed on them and peregrine falcons that feed on the birds.

This year, Audubon California designated Owens Lake one of the 17 most important bird areas in the state and a globally important wetlands in the making.

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Blogger Desmond said...

It's about time! I read that article too and was surprised to see my area on the map for birding! Central Marin County has the best sights.

*I donated to Cornell Ornithology*

April 21, 2009 6:58 AM  
Blogger OpposableChums said...

Nice to see the general media start to catch on to the fact that there are 47.6 million North Americans who spend at least part their year watching birds.

April 21, 2009 9:48 AM  

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