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Western Water News | May 2017
Organ Mountains. Photo: BLM New Mexico
Organ Mountains.
For more than 100 years, U.S. Presidents of both parties have protected sensitive wildlife habitat and historic sites as National Monuments, including monuments that protect vital bird habitat dependent on rivers and wetlands in the West. Now, a new executive order could place millions of acres of our public lands and waters at risk by threatening to eliminate or shrink as many as 30 national monuments.

We need your help to stand up for iconic monuments such as the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, which links the Colorado River and habitats for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher to the high plateau with outstanding biological resources, and California’s Sand to Snow National Monument, famous for its oases and desert riparian habitats frequented by over 240 species of birds, including the endangered Least Bell's Vireo, Yuma Ridgway’s Rail, and threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher. Many of you helped Audubon in the past decade to advocate for establishment of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico as part of a vital migration and breeding corridor for birds. If you haven’t already, take action today by urging the Department of the Interior not to undo or limit America’s national monuments.
Wildflowers bloom on the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Photo: David Tyra
California Monuments Among Dozens of Designations That May Be Shrunk or Reversed
California has a great deal to lose if national monument designations are reversed. The Golden State has seven national monuments that fall into this review. Read more.
Wildflowers at the Carrizo Plain National Monument this spring.
American White Pelican. Photo: Georgia Wilson/GBBC
Your Observations Can Help American White Pelicans
How much do we really understand about American White Pelicans in the face of changing environments? You can add to the knowledge base of how the pelicans react to varying water levels and climate change simply by observing these magnificent birds with 9-foot wingspans and bright orange bills. Read more.
American White Pelican.
Around the West
Photos (from top): Organ Mountains - BLM New Mexico, Carrizo Plain National Monument - David Tyra, American White Pelicans - Georgia Wilson/Great Backyard Bird Count
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