News Flash: Migratory Birds Targeted for Destruction (18 Jan 2018)
For a presidential administration and a Congress that has left professionalism and integrity far behind in the rear view mirror, a proposal to undermine the Migratory Bird Treaty Act would set a new low. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act which prohibits the unregulated killing of birds and was one of our nation’s first environmental laws, has been supported by all previous administrations whether Democrat or Republican. Interior Secretary Zinke’s staff has proposed a bizarre legal interpretation of the Act – namely that killing of migratory birds is prohibited only if the objective was to kill or take the birds. Gross negligence by energy companies that kills birds, such as oil spills, would be allowed. A concurrent bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 4239) would set into concrete this interpretation. This bill, if it passes, would directly lead to the deaths of literally thousands of birds – think oil spills. Anyone who cares about the Earth should write their congressman and tell him or her to vote “no” on H.R. 4239.
For more information, click here, to see the letter of concern written to Secretary Zinke by fourteen former high-level officials in the U.S. Department of the Interior, who served under both Democrat and Republican administrations.
World Scientists’ Issue Second Warning to Humanity (November 2017)
Bioregional Council joins 15,000 other scientists in warning of the imminent and dire threats to the earth posed by on-going environmental destruction. More here.
New Content in News, Our Bioregion, and About Redwoods — Added October 2017
Learn more about SB49, the California senate bill that would protect our rare and endangered species from federal eco-attacks.
Selective harvest is considered to be a "green" alternative to clear-cutting, but it too can cause significant damage to forest lands. Learn how in "Selection Cutting: Panacea or Damage in Disguise."
Summer 2017 Highlight - New Local Podcast
BeProvided Conservation Radio takes you from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Africa with expert interviews in wildlife biology, conservation, environmental education, eco tourism and much much more. Our interviews help bridge the gap between international conservation efforts and local conservation efforts. Learn how you can help close to home and worldwide to save our wildlife, plants, water and environment.
Board Members Jen Michelson, Betsy Herbert and Portia Halbert have been interviewed about their work and passion.
Click on the links below for links to board member podcasts:
Click on "Our Bioregion" above for information on Redwoods ..... Old-growth Forests ..... Sensitive Species and MORE!
The Bioregional Council is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of regional biodiversity over time through education, the dissemination of accurate scientific information and assistance in the planning, coordination and implementation of conservation efforts.
About the Santa Cruz Mountain BIOREGION
The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion covers an area of 3,592 square kilometers (1387 square miles) on the central coast, bounded on the north by the Golden Gate, on the East by San Francisco Bay and the Santa Clara Valley, on the south by the Pajaro River and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. It includes all of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties and the western part of Santa Clara County.
The region is essentially one of heavily populated lowlands surrounding a core of forested uplands, with small to large pockets of everything from salt marsh to chaparral intermixed. It is rich in endemics and many other natural features of special interest, some of whose past and current distributions are well known, others hardly at all.
What is the santa cruz mountains bioregional council?
The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council is a nonprofit public benefit corporation comprising biologists and other natural resource professionals whose objective is to conserve native plant and animal biodiversity in the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion. A nine-member Board of Directors governs the Council.