Wednesday, October 24, 2012

U.S. Fish & Wildlife: Save the Plovers, Kill the Ravens

Oh, the snowy plover. Such a wee bird to trigger such a spectrum of emotion. At yesterday’s Humboldt County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, reactions to a plan to poison plover predators ranged from concern to outrage. - Jennifer Savage/Lost Coast Outpost

Supervisor Mark Lovelace pressed for more project specifics before agreeing to support the poisoning plan. Before introducing poison into the environment, “we need to have an actual plan to consider,” he said. He made a motion to have Fish and Wildlife staff return with a draft plan that would include the details of the poison’s effectiveness elsewhere.

No one seconded.

Supes delay decision on Clam Beach bird poisoning proposal

A proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to poison predatory birds that are harming the snowy plover population on Clam Beach was met with hesitation Tuesday by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. - Megan Hansen/The Times-Standard

Local Fish and Wildlife biologist Jim Watkins requested support Tuesday from the board on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for permission to conduct a research experiment on the county's land at Clam Beach. He said ravens and crows, known as corvids, are eating Pacific Coast western snowy plover eggs and chicks at the beach. The plovers are a small shorebird that was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1993.