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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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Think Twice before Releasing a Balloon

June 13th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Important Bird Areas, Pollution, Uncategorized, Western Snowy Plover

It’s graduation season which means celebrations. It’s breeding season along our coast which means plovers scurrying along the beaches, seabirds bringing fish to their young, and sea lions and elephant seals growing and learning to swim. Snowy Plover monitors in San Luis Obispo county recently alerted us to the fact that while they were out […]

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Final Decision on Proposed Road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Delayed

March 21st, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas

  Today Secretary of interior Salazar announced he would delay the final decision on a proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. This means the preferred alternative—no road—won’t be finalized before he leaves office. In some years, virtually all of the world’s Pacific Brant and Emperor Geese stop at Izembek to feed and rest. Both […]

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Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Will Remain Wild

February 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Uncategorized

The US Fish & Wildlife Service announced that it supports keeping Wilderness intact in Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. A proposed road plan involved a land swap to build a road through Wilderness between two remote Alaska villages. The refuge is part of a global Important Bird Area where hundreds of thousands of migratory birds […]

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What is a Waterbird, and why should you care?

February 4th, 2013 · Comments Off · Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Guest blog post by Kerry Wilcox, Sanctuary Manager, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary The term waterbird gets used a lot by biologists and naturalists, but it can seem a bit vague and too general. Clearly all birds (let alone life on this planet) depend on water, but even if we just look at the variety […]

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L.A.Times story on the Kulluk highlights Important Bird Areas

January 10th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas

Check out this L.A. Times update on the ongoing trials and tribulations of Shell’s drill rig the Kulluk, which ran aground near Kodiak Island on New Year’s Eve. (Photo: Black Scoter by Beth Peluso. Black Scoters are one of the species that winters in the Important Bird Area where the Kulluk ran ashore.) Share on […]

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Shell’s Drill Rig Grounded in an Important Bird Area

January 7th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway

When Shell’s drill rig the Kulluk ran aground on New Year’s Eve, it was in a globally significant Important Bird Area. Now that Shell and the Coast Guard have towed the Kulluk off the rocks and to a bay…it’s still in the Important Bird Area where more than 100,000 seabirds overwinter, including Black Scoters and […]

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When a river dies

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, San Joaquin River

When a river dies, we lose a lot more than the water. We lose all the greenery, all the fish, all the birds and other wildlife. And we lose the community that grows up around a healthy waterway – the economy, the recreation. Everything turns to sand. The San Joaquin River is California’s second longest […]

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