the

Endangered Clapper Rails Released

right make sure it's not upside down so

I answers that's a female doing that a

lot today we released and dangerous

species of light-footed clapper rail and

san elijo lagoon this is an ongoing

release effort we've put more than 300

Birds back into the wild the purpose is

to restore them back into their native

habitat the clapper rail is a local

endemic species it is a very small less

than a foot in height very secretive

that's why people don't know much about

them but they're primarily terrestrial

and it's because of that very nature is

why we have to release them in various

lagoons because they are reluctant to

fly to these other places because of the

development that occurred in san diego

county with homes and freeways and

communities so but we're able to offset

that by taking and doing releases as we

did today one two three go go sit lower

and so the purpose of these releases is

to be able to put birds in various

lagoons that um they normally wouldn't

have access to any more and that helps

distribute their genetic information

amongst the population which which

allows him to thrive participating with

the release like this is the settings of

Safari Park SeaWorld San Diego the

Living Coast Discovery Center California

Fish and Game US Fish my serves a lot of

partners that participate in a program

like this and it takes it takes all of

them to make something like this today

happen which is a very rare opportunity

to take animals from a zoo and actually

put them back in the wild the population

survey I did in this year 2012 is the

highest number of klappa rails on record

its historic high right now 512 breeding

pairs from

Madhu lagoon on the north to Tijuana

Slough on the south and which is really

exciting because it's because of this

program that we're achieving those

numbers