On Tuesday February 28th, the San Jose City Council will prioritize issues for City Staff to work on in the upcoming months.
Many issues that focus on housing, traffic, business, homelessness and city process are competing for a place on the City’s priority list. Only one issue focuses on birds and nature: a work plan to study the expansion of Bird Friendly Design requirements to areas along creeks and open space south of highway 237 in San Jose.
For years, environmental groups have been have advocating for San Jose to officially adopt City-wide Bird Friendly Design Guidelines, especially in areas of ecological sensitivity. We have made some progress: last year, the City adopted citywide riparian corridor protections, but requirement for bird-safe design were limited to baylands and areas north of State Route 237. For the rest of the city, the implementation of the Bird Safe Design guidelines remains purely voluntary.
Please join us in asking your City Council members to cast a vote that prioritizes birds in San Jose, and to develop a work plan to examine the potential of expanding the bird-safe design guidelines to all riparian corridors and open space areas within the City.
Example for an email:
Title: Priority Session of February 28th: Please prioritize birds!
Dear Mayor and Council members,
My name is [ ] and I am a resident of the City of San Jose. I care deeply about the protection of birds and their habitats, and I am especially concerned with the increasing risks to resident and migratory birds in our region. As birds typically concentrate in riparian corridors and open space, requiring bird-safe design near these areas is a step in the right direction for protecting birds that live and migrate through San Jose. I urge you to cast a vote and prioritize the preparation of a work plan that would examine the potential of implementing bird-safe design guidelines along all riparian corridors and open space areas in the City, not just the area north of Highway 237.
[Your name, Address and or District (optional), San Jose]