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October 27th, 2014 · No Comments · Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Important Bird Areas, State Policy, Water issues

The Lower Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge is a breathtakingly beautiful place, the Pacific Flyway’s Serengeti for birds. Its landscape is a complex of sage brush, forests, wetlands, and farms – a landscape that was missing something vital the last time I visited it: water. Because of that, hundreds of birds are dying every day there […]

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Map animates Salton Sea shrinkage

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Important Bird Areas, Infographics, Salton Sea

The Los Angeles Times created an animated map that shows the slow decline of the Salton Sea over the past decades. While once a huge resource for California birds, the recent drought and redirection of water resources have made a huge dent in the amount of suitable habitat. Find the map here. Share on Facebook

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Help us avoid a disaster for birds in the Klamath

September 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, fall migration, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

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 […]

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Sandhill Crane Migration Starting in Alaska!

August 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

Sandhill Cranes are calling in the skies over Alaska as they gather for fall migration. The Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival in Fairbanks at the Creamer’s Field Important Bird Area is coming up 8/22-8/24. This Smithsonian Magazine article gives a great overview of Sandhill Crane migration. Share on Facebook

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Bike and BIrd Day 2014 a Success!

August 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway

A rainy morning gave way to a gorgeous sunny day for the 3rd annual Bike and Bird Day on the Anchorage Coastal IBA in Alaska! See the species total and more photos Audubon Alaska Facebook page. 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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April 26: Audubon Kern River Preserve Spring Nature Festival

April 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve, Nature education and activities, spring migration

Spring is here and the birds are moving from their wintering grounds in Central and South America to the breeding grounds North America. Spring will be short this year so get out and enjoy the Kern River Preserve. Share on Facebook

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The herring are running!

January 7th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, seabirds

Right now, the Tiburon peninsula and Richardson Bay within San Francisco Bay are alive with Pacific herring, a silvery fish that spawns in the winter and early spring, provoking a feeding frenzy among wildlife. We witnessed the spectacle yesterday alongside Bay Nature Editorial Director Eric Simons, who just wrote a great story about the return […]

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Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary waterbird surveys

January 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

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Morro Coast Audubon teaching children the importance of healthy oceans

October 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, How to help birds, Important Bird Areas, Pollution

Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) initiated an innovative project over the past year to educate the local residents around Morro Bay about marine debris — any litter that poses a threat to the ocean ecosystem when it enters the current — and the potential harmful impacts on coastal wildlife. Share on Facebook

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Waterfowl dying by the thousands at Tule Lake

September 1st, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, fall migration, Important Bird Areas

Sad news coming out of northern California this week as thousands of migratory waterfowl are succumbing to avian botulism. Making the situation particularly bad is the ongoing drought striking the region, causing birds to gather in what few watered areas there are in the refuge. Water shortages are an ongoing problem for waterfowl in this […]

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Richardson Bay is worth a visit this summer

August 15th, 2013 · Comments Off · Black Oystercatcher, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Although birds and people alike best know Richardson Bay as highly desirable wintertime waterbird habitat, our sanctuary waters are teeming with life during the summer as well. The brackish waters of our bay sustain a multitude of creatures just beneath the surface and many above as well. All summer long, leopard sharks have surprised and […]

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Washington chimneys designated as globally-significant bird habitat

August 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway

We just received word that four roosting sites for the Vaux’s Swifts have been designated as Globally-significant Important Bird Areas by Audubon and BirdLife International. What’s unique about this designation is that, unlike the habitat areas that usually receive this title, these sites are actually man-made chimneys (above, Vaux’s Swifts swarm around a building ni […]

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Audubon volunteers recognized

July 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway

At the National Audubon Convention in July, Mike Sutton, Vice President for the Pacific Flyway, presented the 2013 William Dutcher Award for the Pacific Flyway to two outstanding chapter volunteers, Peter Pumphrey and Mike Prather, both with Eastern Sierra Audubon Society, for their dedicated volunteer work at Owens Lake Important Bird Area.  Pete and Mike […]

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Central Coast IBA art contest

July 25th, 2013 · Comments Off · Important Bird Areas

Founded in 1883, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has long treasured its relationship with landscape painters. (The image above is from a painting by the artist Albert DeRome [1885-1959], who contributed several works to the PG Museum.) The aim of this juried exhibition is to create new relationships between 21st century artists and […]

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