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  • Yellow Billed Cuckoo Proposed Habitat Designation Will Impact Sacramento Valley The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have announced the proposed designation of 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. Key areas impacting California will be along the Sacramento, Eel, Kern, Colorado, and Owens Rivers, the Prado Flood Control Basin and the Sutter Bypass. The yellow-billed Cuckoo is a greyish brown bird around “12 inches in length that is sometimes mistaken for a dove.” (1). It breeds and nests in North America and travels to South America for the winter. They prefer a large area for breeding. A secretive and shy bird, they are not often seen. In 2013 the yellow-billed Cuckoo was proposed to be listed under the Endangered Species Act as endangered. Landowners and other impacted entities have until October 14, 2014 to comment. FWS states that numbers for the endangered bird on the Sacramento River have gone from 60 in 1972, 0 in 2013, but on the Colorado River the numbers have increased from 2 pair in 2007 to 56 pair in 2013. (2) “The Service is seeking information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect the bird. The Service also seeks information on the incremental economic effects of the proposed critical habitat designation. Comments on the proposed critical habitat rule will be accepted through October 14, 2014. Comments may be submitted online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. The docket number for the proposed rule is FWS–R8–ES–2013-0011. Comments can also be sent by U.S. Mail or Hand Delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–ES–R8–2013–0011; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Headquarters, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.” For a link to the map of the Sacramento and Sutter Bypass see # 3 and 4 below. (1) http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/Public-Advisories/WesternYellow-BilledCuckoo/docs/WYBC-factsheet-southwestlearning.pdf (2) http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/Public-Advisories/WesternYellow-BilledCuckoo/docs/PlightCuckoo2014-vertical.pdf (3) http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/Public-Advisories/WesternYellow-BilledCuckoo/maps/CA/EA_YBCUunit2_CA_2.pdf (4) http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/Public-Advisories/WesternYellow-BilledCuckoo/maps/CA/EA_YBCUunit3_CA_3.pdf

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