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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

 California Gnatcatcher

At a little over four inches in length, the California Gnatcatcher doesnt exactly cast an imposing shadow, but since the early nineties it has become the cannery in the coal mine for coastal sage scrub habitat in California. The gnatcatchers population has plummeted due to its preference for coastal areas, which are prime real estate for the ever increasing human population. Its believed that more than seventy five percent of its potential native habitat has now been developed to some extent. In 1991 they were listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. On the plus side, quite a few coastal areas in San Diego County that have been set aside as natural open space now host resident California Gnatcatchers.

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ID# BGE-048
California Gnatcatcher
species: Polioptila californica
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