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#MySantaAna Border Wall Update–Your Voice is Needed!

ABA President Jeff Gordon joins hands with other refuge supporters representing a broad coalition of interests along the proposed site of the border wall at the Save Santa Ana protest march last month. Photo ©Stan Sterba

If you want to help preserve and preserve access to some of the greatest birding in the entire ABA Area, it’s time to speak up (again)!

Since the protest march last month in opposition to the proposed border wall at Santa Ana NWR, the issue has unfortunately seemed to fall under the radar compared to other recent events. Santa Ana and other border birding hotspots are still at risk, however, and it is still important for the birding community to keep the pressure on our elected officials.

The most important thing you can do is to keep calling or mailing Senators opposing loss of bird habitat and critical birding sites with construction of additional border wall. The goal is to keep border wall funding out of the upcoming Appropriations Bill, because once it is in the bill there will be the momentum to push it through.

There is also, until September 25, the opportunity to email comments to Customs and Border Patrol at [email protected]cbp.dhs.gov You can find much more information on the details of the proposed wall and the very limited public feedback process so far at the web site for the Lower Rio Grande Valley group of the Sierra Club. A shout out to the Sierra Club at the local, state, and national levels: they have provided valuable leadership in pointing out the negative conservation and other impacts of the proposed additional border wall and helped assemble a diverse group of voices in support of our wild spaces. 

Here is a video to show your friends who may not be aware of what is at stake. Thanks to Andres Sanchez for shooting and editing it.

Here are some more links to share if need be.

Thanks for all the work the birding community has done on this issue. There is still reason to believe we can prevent this wall at one of our most special sites.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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