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Entries Tagged as 'Endangered Species Act'

And we are going to save the Snowy Plover

June 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, How to help birds, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

After 25 years of teaching, retiree Renee Racine was looking to combine her love of birds with her passion for education. She found an opportunity to meld both interests through the Sharing Our Shores program at Buena Vista Audubon, teaching children about Snowy Plovers and generating greater visibility and protection for these charismatic little birds. […]

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Wintering population of Pacifica Snowy Plovers increasing

June 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, How to help birds, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

A tiny, often overlooked winter visitor to Pacifica State Beach is now enjoying additional protection thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. The Western Snowy Plover is a federally threatened species that relies on Pacifica State Beach (also known as Linda Mar Beach) as a wintering site, usually arriving around mid-August and leaving in March […]

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Spread of Santa Barbara oil spill raises concerns about Western Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point

May 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Pollution, Western Snowy Plover

Crude oil from a ruptured pipeline at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara has moved south to Coal Oil Point Reserve, where threatened Western Snowy Plovers are in the middle of their nesting season. The Santa Barbara Audubon Society, which has been working closely with the reserve on protecting the birds, is standing by to […]

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Endangered Species Act is under attack

May 19th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act

America’s strongest and most important law for protecting wildlife, the Endangered Species Act, is under a coordinated assault. Since January, Audubon has tracked more than 30 bills and amendments that have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that would dismantle the Act, including eight extreme bills in the Senate that received a hearing […]

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Audubon California goes to Washington

April 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

California chapters working on renewable energy siting stormed our nation’s capitol to talk about efforts to gut Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Above is our Renewable Energy Director Garry George and Rebecca Schwartz of San Diego Audubon. Their warm but pleasant afternoon on the Hill was punctuated […]

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Big win for Least Bell’s Vireo

March 19th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Orange County Toll Road (241), Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on Monday denied the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) a water quality permit for its Tesoro Extension project. The Board voted unanimously to adopt findings that reinforced its decision of June 2013, when the Regional Board rejected the requested Waste Discharge Requirements permit because the full project […]

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Appeals court strikes down attempt to remove ESA protections for Marbled Murrelet

March 4th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Endangered Species Act, seabirds

In good news for a struggling seabird, a federal appeals court has struck down a logging industry attempt to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the California, Oregon, and Washington population of Marbled Murrelet. Share on Facebook

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Audubon chapters, advocates step up to fight delisting of Coastal California Gnatcatcher

February 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

This is a photo of a giant stack of letters we put in the mail last Friday, about 4,700 total from Audubon activists to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service voicing their opposition to the proposed delisting of the Coastal California Gnatcatcher. Pretty impressive, but actually just a small fraction of the comments that Audubon […]

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Op-ed: Coastal California Gnatcatcher should remain on the Endangered Species List

February 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

In today’s Los Angeles News Group publications across Southern California, Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack attacks the petition to delist the Coastal California Gnatcatcher: It is one thing to argue that a particular species — be it a bird, mammal, fish or amphibian — shouldn’t be listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It […]

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The Coastal California Gnatcatcher is a different bird

February 18th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

As any reader of this blog should know, Audubon California is actively opposing a petition to remove Endangered Species Act protections from the Coastal California Gnatcatcher. The Southern California developers who filed the delisting petition — so that they can build on the coastal sage scrub habitat that the bird needs to survive — contend […]

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Federal protection sought for Tricolored Blackbird

February 5th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, State Policy, Tricolored Blackbird

In further response to the declining numbers of the Tricolored Blackbird, the Center for Biological Diversity this week formally petitioned the Dept. of Interior to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act. The action comes in response to surveys last year that showed the already struggling population has declined as much as 44 percent […]

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New scientific paper undercuts research behind Coastal California Gnatcatcher delisting effort

January 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

A new paper in the latest edition of the scientific journal of the American Ornithologist Union questions the validity of research behind the latest effort to remove the Coastal California Gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species List. Based on research that argues that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is not a valid subspecies, a group of Southern […]

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Help defend the Coastal California Gnatcatcher

January 27th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

The latest attempt by some Southern California developers to have the Coastal California Gnatcatcher removed from protections under the Endangered Species Act is pretty outrageous – they claim the bird doesn’t even exist! The delisting petition sponsored by these developers relies on a single recent study claiming that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is not a […]

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Feds open discussion on potential delisting of the Coastal California Gnatcatcher

January 12th, 2015 · 5 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Endangered Species Act

Responding a petition submitted this summer from California builders associations, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has opened the process for discussing removing Endangered Species Act protections for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher. Audubon California has joined several other conservation organizations and researchers in denouncing the effort. “The fact that the California Gnatcatcher is a distinct […]

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California Condor pair introduce new chick to the surprise of many

January 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Because their species hovers precariously on the edge of extinction, California Condors are watched carefully by wildlife researchers to make sure everything is OK. So it came as a pretty big surprise this week when those same researchers discovered that there was a 9-month-old condor chick out there. Apparently, a pair of condors in a […]

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