News Release

For Release:  February 17, 2009     
Contact:  David Christy (916) 985-4474
CA-CC-09-33

New BLM Webcam at Cosumnes Preserve Offers Bird's Eye View

If you can't go to the birds, the birds will come to you over the internet, courtesy of a new webcam at the Cosumnes River Preserve.

"The preserve is one of the prime destinations for birdwatchers in the Sacramento area," said Bill Haigh, manager of the Bureau of Land Management's Folsom Field Office. "With the webcam, anyone with internet access will be able to see what birds are at the preserve."

To access the webcam, go to http://www.blm.gov/ca/folsom/cosumpres_cam/

The webcam website includes several recent photos captured by the camera and a large photo that is updated every 30 seconds.

The Cosumnes River Preserve is home to California's largest remaining valley oak riparian forest, and is one of the few protected wetland habitat areas in the state. The preserve includes 46,000 acres of central valley grasslands, vernal pools, wetlands and valley oak forests. It is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl. More than 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the preserve, including the state-listed threatened Swainson hawk, greater and lesser sandhill cranes, Canada geese, and numerous ducks.

Best wildlife viewing occurs October through February, when waterfowl and other water birds spend their winters at the preserve.

The webcam operates 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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