Bird Litigation: “Standing” and the California Gnatcatcher
SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
The coastal subspecies of California Gnatcatcher ( Polioptila californica californica ) can be found in sage scrub that was once abundant from Ventura County to northern Baja California. But its U.S. range largely consists of valuable real estate along the Southern California coast and urban development around San Diego and Los Angeles has eliminated much of its habitat. What was once sage scrub is now suburbs and highways. As a result, the bird has a long history with the Endangered Species Act.