A bird refuge near the Salton Sea has joined the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and an Arizona refuge overrun with illegal immigrant traffic on a list of threatened nature preserves across America.
The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, home to one of the most diverse collections of bird life in North America, is on a list of the nation's most endangered wildlife refuges.
The list released Wednesday by the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife was culled from 545 refuges in 50 states and five territories.
The 10 on the list were selected because they are critical to American wildlife and are also facing clear and present threats to their continued viability.
About 400 species of birds have been spotted at the Sonny Bono refuge, making it the second-most diverse national refuge in terms of birds.
But it is also facing imminent demise if the shrinking sea leaves the shoreline refuge high, dry and facing potentially toxic dust storms.
To me; a Sonny Bono wildlife refuge presumes the existence of a Cher wildlife refuge,...