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$3.9 Million Allocated for Bird Habitat

From the Associated Press

A top Interior Department official Saturday announced $3.9 million in federal grants to restore wetlands and habitat for migratory birds in California and elsewhere.

Acting Interior Department Secretary Lynn Scarlett made the announcement at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge here to mark International Migratory Bird Day.

“The grants will go internationally for birds that transcend continents,” she said.

Federal funds were given to 43 conservation partnerships in 34 states as well as 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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In California, the Point Reyes Bird Observatory received $171,000 for research and restoration of riparian areas along Stinson Beach, and the Ventana Wildlife Society of Salinas was given $35,000 for monitoring bird populations along the Central Coast.

At the Stone Lakes refuge, Scarlett released two red-tailed hawks that had been rehabilitated by the California Foundation for Birds of Prey after they were injured.

International Migratory Bird Day, featuring bird festivals and bird walks, is celebrated the second Saturday in May in Canada, the United States, Mexico and throughout Central America.


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