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Cinnamon Teal at Klamath Refuge

How Teddy Roosevelt benefited Cinnamon Teal!

In 1908, Theodore Roosevelt established the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, the nation's first for waterfowl. Benefiting today from Roosevelt's foresight are Cinnamon Teal. For them, the refuge is an important breeding area. The female builds her nest near water and conceals it completely. She comes and goes through tunnels in the vegetation. Cinnamon Teal are one of the least abundant dabbling ducks in North America. Their future is tied to the availability and quality of water and wetlands in the arid West.

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Cinnamon Teal at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

Written by Todd Peterson

 This is BirdNote.
 [Sounds of a lively marsh]
Teddy Roosevelt said of America that no other nation on earth has been blessed with so great a wealth of natural bounty, and in our care of nature, we become worthy of this gift. In that spirit, in 1908, Roosevelt established the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge the nation’s first for waterfowl.
Benefiting today from Roosevelt’s foresight are Cinnamon Teal. [Cinnamon Teal] For them, the refuge is an important breeding area. [Cinnamon Teal] The male teal is gorgeous, with bright coppery breeding plumage, [a bronze-green speculum, turquoise-cobalt upperwing-coverts] and scarlet-red eyes.
The female builds her nest near water and conceals it completely. She comes and goes through tunnels in the vegetation. [The ducklings feed themselves from their first day of life.] Extremely agile in flight, Cinnamon Teal are one of the least abundant dabbling ducks in North America. Their future is tied with the availability and quality of water and wetlands in the arid West.
[Calls of Cinnamon Teal]
 The Lower Klamath Refuge lies between mountain ranges in northeastern California and southern Oregon. Fall and winter bring hundreds of Bald Eagles and huge flocks of Tundra Swans and Snow Geese, all beneficiaries of our providing a place for birds to thrive.
(Calls of massive gathering of Snow Geese)
Today’s show brought to you by The Lufkin Family Foundation.  For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.
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Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Oregon marsh ambient 129030 recorded by M.J. Anderson; calls of Snow Geese recorded by W.W.H.Gunn; call of Cinnamon Teal 3406-07 recorded by M.P. McChesney.
Calls of huge flock of Snow Geese recorded by C. Peterson.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org     September 2013   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID#    SotB-klamath-01-2011-09-27

* The Lower Klamath Refuge lies between mountain ranges in northeastern CA and southern OR.

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