Now, after less than a year back, "birds of all kinds—pelicans, hawks, waterbirds" are returning. And Underhill notes that "the Tachi also say that they've seen burrowing owls nesting around the shore," a species described as "vulnerable or imperiled" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Tulare Lake was once part of the Pacific Flyway, Underhill says—it was an important stopover area for migratory birds. "The loss of that habitat has been a major issue in bird conservation and bird diversity."