The Sacramento Valley is a globally important resting and refueling stop for birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. The valley provides habitat for more than 400,000 birds making their way from Alaska to Argentina and back.
A new study shows the amount of flooded habitat available during peak migration for the birds has decreased every year for the last 30 years.
“We estimate on average that we’ve lost an area of about four times the size of Central Park in each year,” says Danica Schaffer-Smith, a doctoral student with Duke University who conducted the study.
After peak migration, the study also found that the amount of water on the landscape increases five-fold.
Read more and listen to story here: Capital Public Radio, April 4, 2017