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Marbled murrelet

Sacramento Bee, March 14, 2014

New plan aims to help Big Basin's endangered birds
By The Associated Press

BOULDER CREEK, Calif. -- State parks officials and environmentalists have agreed on a plan to help protect endangered birds in Big Basin State Park on the Central California coast.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1nUp8mT ) the California Department of Parks and Recreation filed a plan Wednesday to reduce the number of ravens and blue jays at the park. The birds prey upon endangered marbled murrelet eggs.

The murrelets are rare seabirds that nest high in the park's old-growth redwoods.

Ravens and jays in Big Basin are drawn in numbers ten to twenty times above normal by garbage and food left by visitors.

The new plan calls for food lockers, and continued trash pick-ups through the weekend, when trash bins often overflow.

The Center for Biological Diversity's Shaye Wolf says the plan requires further action if improved trash management and visitor education do not produce results.


This article originally appeared here.

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