MCSD to discuss plovers, ravens & crows

From the 12.12.12 issue

By Jack Durham

Press Editor

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking input on how to protect the struggling snowy plover at Clam Beach, and this week will consult with the McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors.

Nancy Finley, field supervisors with the Arcata office of the Fish and Wildlife Service, is scheduled to give a presentation to the MCSD board at its meeting today, Dec. 12 at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Road, McKinleyville. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The snowy plover is a small shorebird that is federally listed as a threatened species. According to the USFWS, data shows that the leading cause of nest failure and chick loss is predation by ravens and crows.

The agency recently put forth a proposal to kill ravens and crows at Clam Beach. However, after public outcry, the agency rescinded its proposal.

The agency is now seeking other approaches to protect the plover.

“Input on how the district recommends we proceed with this issue would be very helpful,” the USFWS wrote in a memo to the MCSD board.

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2 responses to “MCSD to discuss plovers, ravens & crows

  1. "Henchman Of Justice"

    Jack,

    Hmmm, in your dopish zeal and haste to get something out for viewers to read inaccurate information. Kathy Wilson is the new MCSD Board secretary! Your rag is getting more wrinkled! – HOJ

  2. jackdurham

    I found out why I screwed this up. In the board packet under “presented by” it states “Kathy Wilson/Nancy Finley, Field Supervisor from Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office.” The way that was structured, I assumed both Wilson and Finley were from the USFWS. It kind of makes sense. But, it’s wrong, so I’m editing this article and will repair the problem. I’ll edit a similar mistake on another article. I’ll also run a correction in the next edition.

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