Bair Island - which contains the largest unbroken chunk of wetlands in the area - is home to dozens of wildlife species, including the endangered California clapper rail
, a shore bird, and the salt marsh harvest mouse, which is an important food for the peregrine falcon.
Migrating waterfowl and shorebirds abound this month, and seasonally high tides are likely to flush into view some selfom-seen marsh denizens such as the clapper rail
and the salt marsh harvest mouse (both endangered).
Mississippi State University -- To monitor and develop baseline data for conservation of "secretive" coastal marshbirds, such as the Least Bittern, King Rail, Clapper Rail
, Black Rail and Purple Gallinule that are found in tidal marshes of coastal Mississippi.
Unlike the native Sierra Nevada red fox and San Joaquin kit fox, the red fox has invaded wetlands to feed on marsh birds, including the endangered California clapper rail
The imperiled California clapper rail
, black rail, western snowy plover and salt marsh harvest mouse live there.
The project is a win for both the salt company and wildlife, including four endangered species: the salt marsh harvest mouse, the least tern, the western snowy plover and the California Clapper Rail
, which live in and around the salt evaporation ponds.
The slough provides habitat for several threatened and endangered species, including the salt marsh harvest mouse, the California black rail, the California clapper rail
, and a plant known as the Jepson pea.
pelican, and the light-footed clapper rail
, as well as
8 to 4 ha) were burned, with substantial loss of habitat for the endangered Yuma clapper rail
(Rallus longirostris yumanensis).
Cienega de Santa Clara supports species such as the Yuma clapper rail
(Rallus longirostris yumanensis) and least tern (Sterna antillarum), which are listed by Mexico as endangered, and the least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) and elegant tern (Sterna elegans), which are listed by Mexico as threatened.
In the cattail marshes of the delta lived the Yuma clapper rail
(Rallus longirostris yumanensis), a chicken-sized bird for which the security of the cattails provided places to rest, hunt, and raise their young.
For clapper rail
, king rail and common moorhens, limit is 15 birds.