The Salton Sea is a key stop on the Pacific flyway for more than 400 species of migratory birds.
As wetlands in California suffer from the ongoing drought, the lake has become a lifeline for certain bird species. For instance, the Salton Sea is home to 30% of the remaining population of the American white pelican.
But finding food for birds like the American white pelican is becoming harder with each passing year. Those involved with the park point to the growing salinity of the water.
ìWe are at the point where salinity is limiting fish reproduction,î said Chris Schoneman, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge manager. ìThe impact on birds of limited fish reproduction is devastating as there is insufficient food to survive the seasonal migration.î
Restoring the ecosystem of the Salton Sea is key to prevent the extinction of rare bird species, a mission we are proud to contribute to by replanting native shrubs around the shoreline.