Heavy Bird Loss in Sanctuary Fire

Heavy Bird Loss in Sanctuary Fire

When flames destroyed a 50-acre Audubon Society bird sanctuary in El Monte, Calif., birds circled among towering columns of smoke and small animals scampered from the flaming woodland.

Officials of the Southern California Audubon Society estimate that 3,500 nests of eggs were destroyed when fire roared through the preserve April 13th. Hundreds of small animals and birds perished.

Nearly 100 children were visiting the sanctuary when the flames spread through the thickly-wooded area. The youngsters were quickly led to safety by attendants, parents and firemen, who saved two of the society’s buildings when flames scorched them.

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