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Birds of the Salton SeaStatus, Biogeography, and Ecology$
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Michael Patten

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520235939

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520235939.001.0001

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Biogeography of the Salton Sea

Biogeography of the Salton Sea

(p.12) Biogeography of the Salton Sea
Birds of the Salton Sea

Michael A. Patten

Guy McCaskie

Philip Unitt

University of California Press

The Salton Sink has typically hot and dry weather. The capacious waters of the Salton Sea are home to only four species of fish. A hybrid tilapia (Oreochromis mossambica -O. urolepis) is the most common. Long before the Salton Sea was formed, lagoons, playas, and marches along the New and Alamo Rivers hosted numerous water birds, particularly herons, ducks, and shorebirds. The presence of the sea increased waterbird and seabird use of the area substantially, so much so that in 1930, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge at the south end. The Salton Sea is immensely different from all other inland bodies of water in North America. What makes it unique are its location and the geography.

Keywords:   Salton Sink, species, lagoons, playas, herons

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