Lane Audubon Action Alert: Crisis in the Lower Klamath Basin

The refuges in the lower Klamath Basin are a key stop on the Pacific Flyway. Drought and water diversion for irrigation has led to a crisis for tens of thousands of shorebirds that migrate through the lower Klamath. The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is practically dry and the birds pack into Tule Lake.  As the birds crowd into this very small area, they contract avian botulism. So far volunteers have picked up 4,500 dead birds and refuge biologists estimate that twice that number have been killed this year by the outbreak.
Please contact your senators and urge them to promote legislation that provides more water to the refuge.
US Senator Contact Information:
Jeff Merkley
Ron Wyden
Questions? Contact Debbie at dschlenoff (at)
Lane County Audubon Society
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