New plan aims to help Big Basin's endangered birds

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Updated: 3/13/2014 6:42 pm

BOULDER CREEK, Calif. (AP) — State parks officials and environmentalists have agreed on a plan to help protect endangered bids in Big Basin State Park.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports the California Department of Parks and Recreation filed a plan Wednesday to reduce the number of ravens and blue jays, which prey upon endangered marbled murrelet eggs.

The Murrelets are rare seabirds that nest high in the park's old-growth redwoods.

Ravens and jays in Big Basin are drawn in numbers 10-to-20 times above normal by garbage and food left by visitors.

The new plan calls for food lockers, and continued trash pick-ups through the weekend when trash dumpsters often overflow.

The Center for Biological Diversity's Shaye Wolf says the plan requires further action if improved trash management and visitor education do not produce results.

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