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Entries Tagged as 'Endangered Species Act'

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

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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Lead from ammo continues to be a major problem for condors

December 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Lead ammunition

A new study out of UC Davis indicates that poisoning from spent lead ammunition continues to be a significant problem for California Condors. Just this week, the California Fish and Game Commission moved forward on a timeline for implementing Assembly Bill 711, which will require the use of nonlead ammunition for hunting throughout California beginning […]

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CA Fish and Game Commission votes in favor of emergency listing for Tricolored Blackbird

December 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Landowner Stewardship, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Responding to an alarming drop in the rare bird’s numbers, the California Fish and Game Commission today approved an emergency listing of the Tricolored Blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act. Representatives of Audubon California say they support the action by the Commission, which comes on the heels of a statewide survey completed this summer […]

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Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo listed as Threatened

October 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act

We just learned today that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has decided to list the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The listing will be effective Nov. 3. While it’s never good news to have to do this, we are greatly pleased that this bird will get the protections it […]

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First wild-hatched condor in Big Sur dies

September 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Lead ammunition

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. Share on Facebook

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Critical habitat proposed for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo

August 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today advised the public that it is seeking to designate more than 540,000 acres of critical habitat for the western population of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Last year, the Service proposed listing the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, a move that Audubon California […]

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L.A. Times editorial: Now isn’t the time to delist the California Gnatcatcher

August 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

Great editorial in the Los Angeles Times today regarding the recent petition to remove the California Gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species List. Audubon California opposes this delising effort for a variety of reasons. Here’s the best line from the editorial: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should not be changing wildlife policy based on a single […]

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