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04/11/08
Key West Migration Explosion
Filed under: General, Birding & Outdoors, Florida & SE US
Posted by: Ken @ 8:15 pm

More Border Fence Concerns

We received this Alert from the National Audubon Society. We have highlighted this issue earlier (Fear and the Fence), but this message needs to be repeated.

U.S. Waives Environmental Laws On Border Fence;

Audubon’s Own Sabal Palm Sanctuary Threatened


On April 1, the Department of Homeland Security announced it was bypassing dozens of environmental and land-management laws in order to build hundreds of miles of border fence between the United States and Mexico.

Audubon and other conservation groups have said the current design amounts to an impenetrable concrete wall that would prevent wildlife from migrating and fragment habitat. Among the 30-some laws being waived are the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Audubon President John Flicker called the action “unprecedented and extreme.”

Unfortunately, in addition to the implications of the border fence for wildlife and environmental law, Audubon’s own Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Brownsville, Texas may find itself entirely on the Mexico side of the fence. The Department of Homeland Security is currently considering plans to erect the border fence just north of the sanctuary, effectively trimming it from the rest of the country and probably forcing its closure. The situation inspired the New York Times on April 7 to call Audubon’s sanctuary “a natural treasure that may end up without a country.”

National Audubon Society and Audubon Texas are working tirelessly to try to stop the border fence and save Sabal Palm Sanctuary. Stay tuned to learn what you can do to help.

Key West Migration Explosion!

 This one hour loop, from about 8:45 PM this evening, looks very promising, with a VERY LARGE exodus of migrants from Cuba and the Keys. Be sure to check BADBIRDZ to see where they may be stopping for the day!

Key West Radar

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