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Malibu Lagoon Project Update 9 Oct., plus a Bonus Yellow-legged Tinamou

October 11, 2012

Progress on the winter ramp tidal clock (J. Kenney 10/10/12)

A Malibu Patch blog of 9 October relates that about one-half of the 70,000 plants have been planted and that California State Parks received a 15-day extension to 31 Oct. to work in the wetland area of the channels in order to finish planting.   Dike removal, originally scheduled to begin on 2 Oct. is now planned for 15-17 Oct.   They are also hoping for rain, which will benefits the new plants.

View to South Bay across channels & Santa Monica Bay (J. Kenney 10/10/12)

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This video of a Yellow Legged Tinamou by Gustavo Magnago of Linhares in SE Brazil proves three things: this endangered bird still exists, not all tinamous are boringly brown, and this little bird works hard to make his woo-woo call.
Handbook of Birds of the World (1992) reports this species status as “insufficiently known.”  Formerly widespread throughout the Atlantic Forest from NE Brazil to NE Argentina, deforestation and hunting has reduced this bird to hanging on at a few sites, of which Linhares is one. In fact, the Atlantic Forest itself – home to several hundred endemic bird species –  is vastly reduced.
[Chuck Almdale]

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4 Comments
  1. E Vahan permalink
    October 13, 2012 11:44 am

    I love the woo woo tinamou – EV

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    • Chukar permalink
      October 13, 2012 12:05 pm

      Should that be capitalized and hyphenated as Woo-woo Tinamou?

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  2. October 11, 2012 8:06 pm

    I love how many birds have been inhabitating the project area well before it is completed.

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    • Chukar permalink
      October 12, 2012 11:48 am

      Nearly all the ones we counted last month were on the new ‘island’ which I believe will be the foot of ‘the boot’, a peninsula formed largely from the current dike. The rain we had yesterday will likely benefit the new plants.

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