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“We couldn’t be prouder of Debs Park”

April 18th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

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As part of the Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Earth Day celebration, Audubon California and the National Parks Conservation Association partnered to make a loud show of support for accessible open space. The NPCA is talking up its #findyourvoice campaign, which is designed to rally people to show support for our National Parks. One of the big topics of conversation today is the proposed Rim of the Valley project, which would include Debs Park.

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Categories: Audubon California · Audubon Center at Debs Park · Bird L.A. · Nature education and activities

Effort to repeal landmark 2013 lead ammunition law quietly fizzles

April 18th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

We got word yesterday that a legislative effort to repeal 2013′s landmark law that will require nonlead ammunition in hunting by 2019 has been quietly withdrawn. Assembly Bill 395 would have repealed Assembly Bill 711, which was co-sponsored by Audubon California, Humane Society of the United States and Defenders of Wildlife. The bill was scheduled to be heard in the Assembly’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on April 29. Earlier this year, nearly 40 groups from conservation, animal protection, environmental justice, and public health wrote a letter to the bill’s author asking that it be withdrawn, citing the proven dangers to wildlife and people from the use of lead ammunition. Just last week, the State Fish and Game Commission enacted regulations to implement AB 711.

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Categories: Audubon California · Bird Habitat · Lead ammunition · Pollution

Working with duck clubs to provide wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds

April 17th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

Audubon California and The Nature Conservancy are working with duck clubs in the Central Valley to provide wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds whose normal habitat has been hit hard by the drought. Check out the news piece above.

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Categories: Audubon California · Bird Habitat · drought · Water issues · Working lands conservation

Sepulveda Basin habitat still struggling from Army Corps mess in 2012

April 17th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

Remember that time in 2012 when the Army Corps of Engineers went in and wrecked a huge amount of bird habitat at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve? According to folks on the scene, including the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, that area has yet to recover.

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Categories: Audubon California · Audubon Chapters · Bird Habitat · Bird L.A.

Another all star lineup for the Starr Ranch Sanctuary birdathon

April 16th, 2015 · by Daniela Ogden

What’s a Birdathon?  Well, here’s how it works: In a single 24 hour period starting the evening of April 17, Starr Ranch Sanctuary Manager Pete and his team will set out to see or hear as many different bird species as possible — not just at Starr Ranch, but also at beaches, marshes, mountains and other Orange County habitats.

Before they set out, Pete asks folks to pledge an amount for every species they see or hear. When the 24 hours are up, they tally what they saw/heard and post a species list and recap. The group is hoping to increase the number of pledges and any support is appreciated. This is an important fundraiser for the Sanctuary and a fun one to follow at that! Pete will be covering the team’s adventures on Instagram.

For more information on the Birdathon, click here.

Joining Pete:

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Categories: Birding · Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Explore the birds of South LA on May 2 Bird LA Day

April 16th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

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Los Angeles is an amazing place for birds, but you don’t have to go up into Santa Monica Mountains for find great examples. There are all kinds of surprises right down in the middle of the urban environment.

Which brings us to one of the more fascinating events for the May 2 Bird LA Day, a massive, decentralized celebration of birds taking place throughout the greater Los Angeles area. This would be the family birding at Ervin “Magic Johnson Park in South Los Angeles from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a section of the city that probably hasn’t been thoroughly explored by area birders, and that adds to the thrill of the place.

“This is one of those nice urban gems that a lot of native birds are using,” says ornithologist Dan Cooper, who will be co-leading the event on May 2. “This is a great opportunity to observe the birds that are coming to the L.A. basin in search of habitat. There’s always something to see there.”

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Categories: Audubon California · Audubon Chapters · Bird L.A. · Birding

Tax day stupid bird humor

April 15th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

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Categories: Audubon California · Birding · stupid bird humor

‘Mystery Goo’ bill passes first legislative hurdle

April 14th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

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In the first test of legislation aimed at protecting wildlife from non-oil spills like the one that killed hundreds of birds in San Francisco Bay in January, Assembly Bill 718 today was approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee by a 6-2 vote. The bill is co-authored by State Sen. Mark Leno, State Sen. Loni Hancock, and Assembly Member Bill Dodd. Audubon California is co-sponsoring the bill with San Francisco Baykeeper.

“While California has one of the best systems to respond to marine oil spills in the country, non-oil spills still fall into the cracks with regard to funding and protocols,” said Jordan Wellwood, Audubon California’s San Francisco Bay program director. “Senate Bill 718 creates clear funding mechanisms and guidelines on how we can best help birds and other wildlife during these non-oil spills like the one that killed so many waterbirds in San Francisco Bay.”

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Birdathon 2015

April 14th, 2015 · by Ariana Rickard

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Do you want to go on a fabulous birding trip while also supporting your local Audubon chapter? Consider joining Audubon for a birdathon. Many of the Audubon chapters are hosting birdathons to raise money and educate the public about local bird species.

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Categories: Audubon Chapters · Birding

Tricolored Blackbirds spotted at San Bernardino Valley Audubon’s restoration site

April 14th, 2015 · by Desiree Loggins

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Recently Audubon California was alerted to the exciting news that Tricolored Blackbirds—over 400 males and even more females—descended upon San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society’s marshy pond restoration site, managed by board member and Tricolor champion, Dave Goodward. This event came as a surprise to those involved with the effort since they were not expecting to see results this season, due to the disturbing commotion that active habitat restoration requires. In this case, the birds proved assumptions wrong and settled in the dried cattail stalks at the pond’s edge. Dave is using opportunity for on the ground outreach, and has already met with multiple private landowners that have begun to notice the birds noisily foraging for nest materials around their properties. This small population, and potential colonies nearby, will be monitored with the hope that they nest successfully, and that this restoration site becomes sustainable habitat for years to come.

San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society began this Tricolored Blackbird restoration project in Newberry Springs last winter with support from Audubon California and funders who believe in the grassroots capabilities of Audubon chapters and conservation. Audubon California will continue to report details as they come. For now, check-out the San Bernardino Audubon website for information about an April 18th tour of the site , led by Dave Goodward.

 

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Categories: Audubon Chapters · Tricolored Blackbird · Working lands conservation

Saving egrets at the Googleplex

April 12th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

Terrific story about how Google is working with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society to protect nesting egrets on the Googleplex campus in Mountain View.

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Categories: Audubon California · Audubon Chapters · Bird conservation · Bird Habitat

So Cal friends, get set for Bird LA Day on May 2

April 12th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

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As we’ve said before, Los Angeles is one of the most amazing places for birds in California, if not the country. On May 2, Angelenos will celebrate the birds of LA in a unique way – with the first Bird LA Day. The day will include more than 30 events throughout the region, all unified through social media (#birdladay). From Debs Park to downtown to the beach to the San Fernando Valley to South LA and Long Beach — there will be events for every level of birder ranging from the uninitiated to the serious and sophisticated.

For a complete listing of events, visit: http://www.birdladay.org.

Events will include birding walks, talks, tours, and other activities in virtually every corner of the county. Participating in the day are: Audubon California, Aquarium of the Pacific, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Friends of Griffith Park, Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, The G2 Gallery, Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles Audubon Society, Theodore Payne Society, Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience, Madrona Marsh, National Park Service, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Occidental College Moore Lab of Zoology, Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society, Pasadena Audubon Society, San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, Simon Tech High School’s Audubon YES Club, UCLA Bruin Naturalists Club, Wild Wings Backyard Nature Store, and Wild Birds Unlimited. And the list keeps growing.

There’s no cost to participate. The spotlight will be on LA’s biodiversity, not film or fashion, celebrity or TV. Just good old fashioned outdoor entertainment. If you can’t attend one of the events, you can still join the fun by connecting with Bird LA Day through social media. Get outside and let everyone know what you’re seeing.

We’ll have more information about this incredible event in the coming days. But mark your calendars now.

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Categories: Audubon California · Bird L.A. · Birding · birds and culture

Audubon chapters: Getting strategic

April 11th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

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Leaders from three Audubon chapters (Ohlone Audubon, Madrone Audubon, and Mt. Diable Audubon) met today at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary with consultant Paquita Bath, who is being provided by Audubon California to help their chapters become even stronger forces for conservation in their communities. This was the first session in a six-month effort to draft new strategic plans for their chapters. Audubon California has enrolled 60 percent of the state’s chapters in this first year of a two-year effort to build the strength of the local Audubon organizations. Chapters are already reporting success reaching their goals of attracting new and younger board members, improving governance, and strengthening their ability to partner with Audubon California and each other on conservation strategies and projects.

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Categories: Audubon California · Audubon Chapters · Bird conservation

Please don’t kill me

April 11th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set to kill more than 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants in Oregon, one bird says, “Please don’t kill me.”

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Categories: Audubon California · Audubon Chapters · Bird conservation · Bird Habitat

Stanislaus Audubon debuts birding documentary this weekend

April 10th, 2015 · by Garrison Frost

Stanislaus Audubon will showcase local birds in a showing of the chapter’s self-produced documentary this Sunday. The chapter will host a benefit screening of its “Wings Over Our Two Counties” and “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” at the benefit.

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Categories: Audubon Chapters · Birding