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The ESA in SF

Now if that was a Swainson's hawk nest anywhere in the San Joaquin Valley all human activity within a radius of up to 1 mile would have to come to a dead screeching halt

Aug 20, 2011

 

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AUGUST 20 2011

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The ESA in SF

   So let's see if I have this right.  A pair of endangered birds, thought to be extinct in SF, is found nesting in an urban park.  And what does the US Fish & Wildlife Service and California DFG do?  Nothing.  And life in SF just goes on unabated.  Now if that was a Swainson's hawk nest anywhere in the San Joaquin Valley all human activity within a radius of up to 1 mile would have to come to a dead screeching halt until the chicks hatched and had flown the nest.  Maybe we should demand equity in enforcement of the ESA.  And see how San Franciscan's like it.

Lance Johnson



 

Endangered bird seen nesting in SF

 The Associated Press 

SAN FRANCISCO Bird enthusiasts are celebrating the first time in decades that the endangered California clapper rail has been spotted breeding in San Francisco.


A pair of the birds and their two chicks are nesting in Heron's Head Park in the city's Bayview district.


The chicken-like bird has been under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife recovery plan since 1984. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/r3pptm) that it was thought to be extinct in San Francisco until a single clapper rail was spotted last year.


The latest sighting of the two chicks was made on Aug. 8. Experts determined the chicks were 6 weeks old at the time, so they must have been born in the park.


Fish and Wildlife officials say people should avoid the park wetlands so the chicks, which cannot fly yet, are not disturbed.


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