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‘Mystery Goo’ bill passes first legislative hurdle

April 14th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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 […]

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Voices of the San Joaquin River: Capturing the stories of community members who work, live, and thrive in the Central Valley.

March 26th, 2015 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

January welcomed the New Year with thick layers of fog that crept through agricultural fields, stretched over glassy wetland waters, and clouded the busy highways of the Central Valley. Under a sky washed out with textured gray that stubbornly masked the sun, three determined Audubon California staff set out from Sacramento—with warm coffee and a camera—to […]

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Amazing hummingbird nest cam

March 15th, 2015 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

We recently ran into San Fernando Valley Audubon member Jackie Wollner, who told us about her terrific hummingbird nest webcam. Now the webcam has been picked up by Explore.org, which features dozens of high-quality cams from around the world. Share on Facebook

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Do spiders have nightmares about birds?

February 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · birds and culture, Science, Uncategorized

Who doesn’t enjoy an early morning snack of spiders? Birds like the Northern Mockingbird pose a serious threat to a spider’s survival. Most deaths occur when spiders hunt. Researchers recently studied how dangerous it can be for spiders by looking at three different strategies, including: free-hunting, two-dimensional web, three-dimensional web. From the published paper: Free-hunting […]

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These little fish are a big deal to birds

December 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · seabirds, Uncategorized

The anchovy that flavors your Caesar salad or tops your pizza also happen to be at the top of the list in importance for seabirds in California and Oregon. There are troubling signs that stocks of this small fish are in jeopardy, impacting some of our favorite seabirds. Audubon’s west coast forage campaign is working […]

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Audubon network helps save Marbled Murrelets in California

December 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments · seabirds, Uncategorized

The outlook is brighter today for the critically endangered central coast population of marbled murrelet, thanks in large part to advocacy by the Audubon network. In the past year, California State Parks- the agency responsible for protecting most of this population’s nesting habitat- has put in place strong on the ground measures to protect nesting […]

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Makes some calls to raise awareness about birds and global warming

September 13th, 2014 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

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

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Kudos for Pacific Flyway Marine IBA map!

July 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Congrats to the team that produced the interactive Pacific Flyway Marine IBAs map: it won 3rd place in the national Storytelling with Maps contest sponsored by mapping software giant Esri! Take a little Friday break and play with the award-winning map. Share on Facebook

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Pacific Flyway thanks Secretary of Interior for Izembek Decision

June 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Uncategorized

Audubon chapters and state offices in the Pacific Flyway, joined by the California Waterfowl Association and Washington Brant Foundation, thanked Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell for her science-based decision to keep Izembek National Wildlife Refuge intact. Nearly the entire world population of Pacific Brant rely on Izembek during spring and fall migration. Share on Facebook

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Audubon network helping troubled Brown Pelicans

June 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · seabirds, Uncategorized

This week has brought some much-needed good news for California Brown Pelicans. In the past year we’ve mobilized the Audubon network to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to better track and protect pelicans which are experiencing unprecedented breeding failures in the U.S. and Mexico, and die-offs in the U.S., linked to low abundance of […]

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Chicks With Steve Buscemeyes

June 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

When we heard about the popular Tumblr Chicks With Steve Buscemeyes, we couldn’t resist. Here are ACTUAL chicks with Steve Buscemeyes: Great Horned Owl chick by Jean Kohut. Duckling by Philip Yabut. Share on Facebook

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Forage species poised for enhanced protection on the west coast

April 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · seabirds, Uncategorized

  Common Murre with a baby octopus, northern California. Most of you have heard of sardine, anchovy, and herring- the small fish that sustain our coastal and pelagic seabirds and other marine wildlife. Turns out, there are many other species of “forage fish” such as squid, saury, smelt, sand lance and even octopi that can […]

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Ornithologists discover flight causes genome shrinkage

March 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

We wonder what George from Seinfeld would think of this headline. Jokes aside, according to phys.org, University of New Mexico researchers just released a paper that proves a bird’s genome shrinks over time in birds that use a lot of their energy while in flight.  The paper is ”Metabolic ‘engines’ of flight drive genome size reduction in […]

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Halloween costume contest winners

December 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Yes, we are extremely tardy on announcing this (does the excuse that we were too busy saving birds work?) BUT here they are, the winners of our first-ever Halloween costume contest: Grand prize: Crow by Olivia Miseroy Share on Facebook

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U.S. Representatives stand strong for Arctic wildlife

November 20th, 2013 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

On November 20, the US House of Representatives passed a terrible bill, HR 1965, which tears down the recent broadly-supported Department of Interior management plan balancing protection of 11 MILLION ACRES important for birds, wildlife, and subsistence with development in other areas of the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska. Many thanks to Representatives Rush Holt, Betty McCollum, […]

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