WE NEED YOUR HELP BY TOMORROW FRIDAY THE 13TH!

 NEW AB 2422 ACTION ALERT:
WE NEED YOUR HELP BY (THIS)FRIDAY THE 13TH!

AB 2422 goes before the state Water, Parks, and Wildlife (WPW) Committee in a hearing on Friday, April 24. But comments are due TOMORROW, Friday, April 13. We need your help now to contact committee members via email and phone to urge them to support this bill. (Contact info is below.)

If you recently contacted the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee about AB 2422, you can use the text from your call or (especially) from your personal letter; just make sure to change any "ESTM" references to "WPW", and send your updated letters to WPW members and staff only. 

Since the California Department of Pesticide Regulation pulled second generation anticoagulants from consumer shelves in July 2014, there has been no decrease in the rate of wildlife poisoning. Why? Because, despite our ongoing arguments and actions, a giant loophole allowed the pest control industry to continue using them.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), a champion of wildlife who successfully banned the use of these products in state parks, has introduced new legislation, AB 2422, that would ban anticoagulant rodenticides in California once and for all.

AB 2422 would ban first and second generation anticoagulants, both of which are responsible for wildlife deaths and “sublethal” impacts that affect the ability of wildlife to survive and thrive. Northern spotted owls, San Joaquin kit foxes, and Pacific fishers are threatened species being endangered by these poisons. New scientific studies just published this year by UC Davis, the California Academy of Sciences, and others show that 70 percent of Northern spotted owls have been contaminated with anticoagulant rodenticides. A separate 2018 study by UCLA and others found that these poisons are affecting genes that regulate bobcat immune systems.

Please tell WPW Committee members and their staffers that you are tired of seeing our valuable natural predators—hawks, owls, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions—wiped out and sickened by these horrible poisons that have infiltrated California’s ecosystems, and that you strongly support AB 2422 and want the WPW Committee to pass it. If you live in a member’s district, let them know you are a constituent.

Suggestion for call or email (remember your own words are most effective): "As a California resident, I am greatly concerned about the unacceptable impacts rat poison is having on our state's wildlife. Rat poison in the food web is destroying our valuable natural predators—like hawks, owls, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions—all of which control rodents better than any poisons do. I strongly support AB 2422, which would ban the worst of these poisons, and urge the WPW Committee to pass this bill."

WPW Committee Contact Info

Chair

Eduardo Garcia, Dem-56
(916) 319-2056, Eduardo.Garcia@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Mark Rossow, Mark.Rossow@asm.ca.gov

Vice Chair

James Gallagher, Rep-03
(916) 319-2003, James.Gallagher@asm.ca.gov
Staff: David Evans, David.Evans@asm.ca.gov

Committee Members

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PHOTO BY JOE GALKOWSKI

Barn Owl Boxes Are Going Up!

One of our missions in 2018 is to distribute as many Barn Owl Boxes, Western Screech Owl/American Kestrel Boxes and T-perching as possible. T-perches and Kestrel boxes are still in production (all our boxes and perching are volunteer made) but we have had many Barn Owl Boxes go up in the last few weeks. Adding boxes and perching to appropriate areas will help offset the damage of the Thomas fire by giving supplemental nest sites and places to perch and hunt from. 

Happy Ending for the Thomas Fire Barn Owl!

 Photo by Tom Kisken for the VC Star 

Photo by Tom Kisken for the VC Star 

Release back to the wild is always our goal and is the marker of success in wildlife rehabilitation.  As our community rebuilds and puts back together the pieces of what was lost in the Thomas fire, if there was any case that needed a happy ending it was the 'Thomas Fire Barn Owl' who was admitted to our Center in the midst of the catastrophe covered in ash and in critical condition who stole the hearts and hopes of many.  We are so happy to report that on the evening of February 9th just after dusk, that Barn Owl was set free back to the wild.  We released him as close to where he was found as possible as he likely had his own territory and possibly a mate waiting for him.  We hope that he goes on to raise many more of these beneficial and important species that have been on a sharp decline in their population over the past decade.  Check out this article written by Tom Kisken for the VC Star highlighting this joyful event.  Big thanks to all of our volunteers who make these happy endings and all of the work we do possible!