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February 1, 2006                                                                                                                

Another 105 acres Protected as  Alexander Ranch becomes part of the Kern River Preserve

Strategic Piece of River Frontage

Staff of the Kern River Preserve secured another 105 acres on January 31, 2006. The Alexander Ranch property, famous for its nesting Vermilion Flycatchers, is now owned by Audubon.

This property includes excellent riparian and wetland habitat. Federally Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatchers as well as many other sensitive species have been documented to nest on the property. The property has a border common with the current Kern River Preserve and by preserving it we will help protect the preserve from rural encroachment. Looking west from the Fay Ranch Road bridge the preserve now owns 1/4 mile more of river frontage.
Even more special, there is a beautiful pond that has at least three Southern Pacific Pond Turtles living in it. The population of this shy turtle continues to decline so this adds an important sanctuary for these ancient creatures.

About Audubon Kern River Preserve
The Kern River Preserve is managed by Audubon California for the preservation of one of California’s largest contiguous cottonwood-willow riparian forests and the wildlife it supports.
Audubon Kern River Preserve supporters provide financial and volunteer support for Preserve outreach, education, wildlife habitat protection & stewardship.

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