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Representing the Central Valley effectively in Congress requires listening and learning from all groups in District 21. Tulare-Kings Audubon Chapter would like to thank Representative TJ Cox for welcoming us to his office last week for a meeting with district representative Joseph Lopez. We appreciated the opportunity to discuss how our Audubon chapter protects birds and wildlife through our conservation, education and monitoring programs.

We discussed Atwell Island, Bureau of Land Management property that provides important bird habitat in the district. We also spoke about the water needs of wildlife and how the federal government can support efforts to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. We highlighted the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, an innovative collaboration between farmers, biologists, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to protect breeding colonies of Tricolored Blackbirds. We hope we can take Congressman Cox and his staff on a tour of a breeding colony of Tricolored Blackbirds this spring. We look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Cox’s office on issues to protect birds and the habitat they need in Tulare, Kings and Kern County.

Joan Parker, President

Tulare Kings Audubon Chapter

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