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2020 Botulism Outbreak at The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

In 2020 we traveled to The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, one of the Pacific Flyway’s critical waterfowl breeding, molting and migration staging area. There we learn about the serious lack of water the area is receiving in part by water being withheld from the refuge from upstream to safe endangered fish and agriculture. This lack of water has condensed the breeding ground and has created a serious botulism outbreak. Thankfully organizations like California Waterfowl Association, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Merlo Waterfowl have stepped in to fight with boots on the ground and work legislatively to bring awareness and positive action to save the Klamath Refuge.

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