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Testing the Waters: Scientists Train in Arctic Ocean for Oil Spill Response

September 18th, 2014 · by Beth Peluso

800px-USCGC_Healy_(WAGB-20)_north_of_AlaskaNothing beats hands-on experience, especially when dealing with an unpredictable place such as the Arctic Ocean. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just spent several weeks on the US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy to test out what an oil spill response in the Arctic Ocean would entail. Listen to this podcast about the trip as they prepared to depart from Seward, Alaska.

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Categories: Arctic · Audubon Alaska · Pollution · Science · seabirds

First wild-hatched condor in Big Sur dies

September 17th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

Sad news out of Big Sur this week, as word of the passing of California Condor #444, also named Ventana, was made public. While the cause of death apparently hasn’t been confirmed, the bird was treated in May for lead poisoning.

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Categories: Audubon California · Bird conservation · California Condor · Endangered Species Act · Lead ammunition

2nd annual Halloween costume contest

September 16th, 2014 · by Daniela Ogden

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We had such fun during last year’s Halloween costume contest and cannot wait to see this year’s entries. Above is last year’s grand prize winning crow costume created by Olivia Miseroy. She won a signed movie poster from Wes Craven! Here is the contest 411:

We want to see your inner bird and are looking for bird-tacular creations in the following categories:

  • Best kid/pet bird costume
  • Best adult bird costume
  • Scariest bird costume
  • Best group/pair bird costume

Post your photo on our Facebook page, tweet them, Instagram them with the hashtag #bestbirdcostume (or you can email us them at auduboncalifornia[at]audubon[dot]org). Winners will be determined by the number of likes each photo receives on our Facebook album combined with the number of likes it garners on Instagram. Each category winner will receive a prize and and the person who gets the most votes will win something SUPER special. We hope to announce what that is soon.

Submissions will be accepted until October 31 and voting will close November 7.

Good luck!

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Categories: birds and culture · Polls

Are we listening?

September 16th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

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Categories: Audubon California · Bird conservation · Climate Change · Conservation research · Global Warming

Fresno’s Jeff Davis talks about the Yellow-billed Magpie and global warming

September 16th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

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Categories: Audubon California · Audubon Chapters · Climate Change · Global Warming · Yellow-billed Magpie

Help us avoid a disaster for birds in the Klamath

September 16th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

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Lack of water in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge has resulted in dangerous overcrowding at nearby Tule Lake, where thousands of vulnerable birds have already died from disease. What makes this situation even worse is the fact that it is totally avoidable. Our reports tell us that there is water available for the refuges — we just have to put pressure on the Bureau of Reclamation to release it. That’s where you come in. Take a moment to send an email right now to the Secretary of the Interior demanding help for migratory birds. With enough voices, we can make this happen. Send your email today.

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(photos by Lacey Jarrell/Herald and News)

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Categories: Audubon California · Bird conservation · Bird Habitat · fall migration · Important Bird Areas · Pacific Flyway · Water issues

Former Parks Service Superintendent warns about Joshua Tree solar project

September 15th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

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Mark Butler, a former National Parks Service superintendent, writes in the Desert Sun that a proposed solar project for the desert near Joshua Tree shouldn’t be allowed. He is particularly concerned that the technology for the project, similar to that at the controversial Ivanpah project in the Mojave Desert, has shown to be dangerous to birds and other wildlife.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service analyzed bird deaths at the similar Ivanpah project. Although Ivanpah’s towers are 300 feet shorter, numerous burn-related bird deaths were recorded and scientists found that the site functions as a “mega” ecological trap whose heat and light would attract many different species in the food web. It is likely that Palen would also become a mega trap, harming birds, insects, bats and predators that live in and around Joshua Tree National Park.

Audubon California has stated that the threat of climate change to birds is serious, and that because of this we support responsible development of renewable energy. However, the technology used at Ivanpah is untested, and we believe the facts should be known before it is utilized elsewhere.

(photo of Ivanpah project by Jamie Lockard-BrightSource)

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Categories: Alternative energy · Audubon California · Bird Habitat

Western Grebes and global warming

September 15th, 2014 · by Daniela Ogden

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Categories: Audubon Chapters · Bird conservation · Bird Habitat · Bird videos · Climate Change

Makes some calls to raise awareness about birds and global warming

September 13th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

Call your state legislators and ask them what they’re doing to protect birds from global warming.

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Colbert takes on issue of global warming and birds

September 13th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

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Categories: Audubon California · Conservation research · National Audubon Society

Black Oystercatcher lovers care about global warming

September 10th, 2014 · by Daniela Ogden

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Categories: Audubon California · Audubon Chapters · Black Oystercatcher · Climate Change

Brigid McCormack talks about California birds and global warming

September 9th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

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Categories: Audubon California · Climate Change · Global Warming · How to help birds · National Audubon Society

More than 170 California birds threatened by global warming

September 9th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

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Global warming is a serious threat to California birds. A seven-year study from the National Audubon Society released today finds that global warming threatens the survival of more than 170 California species in the coming decades. This includes iconic California birds such as the Brown Pelican, Allen’s Hummingbird, Yellow-billed Magpie, and many others. These are birds that all of us know well from our backyards and from our own experiences in California’s beautiful outdoors. Learn more about what this means for California birds here.

In all, the report showed that 314 North American birds will be imperiled by global warming in the coming decades. Audubon California is addressing this challenge by protecting the habitats that we know birds will need now and into the future, and doing what he can to lessen the severity of global warming. We’ll do this work with a variety of partners on the ground and in the halls of the State Capitol and Washington, D.C.

But we won’t be able to rise to this challenge without the involvement of California residents who care about birds. We need people not only to join us in this important work, but to also raise their voices to call for meaningful policy and legislative action on global warming.

(Bald Eagle photo by Jez)

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Categories: Audubon California · Bird conservation · Climate Change · Conservation research · Global Warming · National Audubon Society

Op-ed: Migratory birds, refuges need our help

September 4th, 2014 · by Garrison Frost

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Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack co-authors a piece in today’s Sacramento Bee about the need for policy makers to consider the needs of migratory birds during the drought. Here’s a key section:

It is time for a change. California needs balanced policy solutions that protect fish, birds, families and farmers alike. Agricultural stakeholders, water managers, elected officials and citizens must work together to protect wetlands and migratory bird habitat for future generations.

Photo of the Merced National Wildlife Refuge by Chuq Von Rospach.

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Categories: Audubon California · Bird Habitat · Brigid McCormack · Water issues

Wilderness Celebrates 50 Years

September 3rd, 2014 · by Beth Peluso

Wilderness Act 50th AnniversaryHappy 50th Anniversary to the Wilderness Act, which has protected our wild heritage across the country! Wilderness areas help protect habitat for birds such as Marbled Murrelets, seabirds which nest in old-growth forest, in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness in Southeast Alaska and Cummins Creek Wilderness in Oregon. The Farallon Wilderness in California protects nesting habitat for birds such as Brandt’s Cormorants and Ashy Storm-Petrels.

The next challenge is Wilderness designation for the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge, important for many nesting birds like this Pacific Loon.

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Categories: Arctic · Audubon Alaska · Bird conservation · seabirds