The graceful American Avosets in Southern California’s the Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea in Southern California lies 227 feet below sea level. It is the largest lake in California and shelters at various times of the year, half of the variety of bird species found in the United States. Millions of birds visit the sea annually.
American Avocets get their name from the Italian word ‘avosetta,’ which means graceful.
They are slender waders that feed mainly on crustaceans and insects.
Avocets used to be widespread across the United States,
but the species was killed off in much of it’s eastern range by the early 1900’s.
The Salton Sea is a critical habitat for these, and many other bird species, but the sea is shrinking due to climate change and increased human demands for water. Efforts are underway to help save the sea and the birds that rely on it. Time will tell if these efforts will be enough.
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