Refuges closed, too
The nearest federal land to close during the government shutdown is not Yosemite, but rather the national wildlife refuges on the floor of the Central Valley. The refuges are closed just as the winter birding season begins to take off.
I asked local birder David Yee how Stockton’s birding community is dealing with this. Here’s what he had to say:
“Yes, the birding listserves around the state have been full of comments on access issues. Not so much complaints as much as where access is being denied. And it is affecting many of our prime spots during this time of year. The biggest locally is the Cosumnes River Preserve, as much of it is currently managed by BLM. As we move closer to Nov, if the shutdown doesn’t get resolved I’m sure comments on the Sac Refuges, the Merced Refuges and San Joaquin NWR in Stanislaus will be posted as those are the spots for waterfowl and other waterbirds, which become more in the lime light come Nov. At that point it could have direct consequences on the Central Valley Birding Symposium in late Nov, as many of our field trips are to NWRs. Farther abroad, loss of access to famed Pt Reyes National Seashore is a biggie as it is time of year that birders visit the outer Point is droves searching for rarities.
“In San Joaquin County, the shut down mean pretty much nothing from a birding standpoint, as we’re the poor sister when it comes to any kind of lands set aside for wildlife.”
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