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Audubon California secures water for Pacific Flyway’s migrating birds

November 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · fall migration, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Thousands of wintering migratory birds will have more water and habitat thanks to the advocacy of Audubon California and its partners. Responding to the urging of a coalition of bird and conservation groups, USDA-NRCS created the winter waterfowl initiative. This voluntary program will provide financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to […]

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With global warming, why bother migrating south for the winter?

October 30th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, fall migration, Global Warming, Pacific Flyway

Interesting article noting that increasing numbers of Pacific Black Brant are choosing not to bother flying south from their breeding grounds in Alaska to warming climates during the winter: Scientists have documented that increasing numbers of black brant are skipping that far southern migration and staying in Alaska instead. Fewer than 3,000 wintered in Alaska […]

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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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Shorebirds Headed Your Way from Arctic Refuge!

August 1st, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, fall migration, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

Keep an eye out for shorebirds, such as this Semipalmated Plover. Shorebirds that nest in the Arctic Refuge are already starting their journey south! Females tend to depart first, then males, followed by juveniles about 2-4 weeks after the adults. Amazingly, the young birds undertake their first migration without adult supervision. Share on Facebook

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Audubon’s Richardson Bay sanctuary ready for the waterbirds to return

September 20th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, fall migration, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

The San Francisco Chronicle notes today that the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary is ready to welcome huge numbers of wintering birds: The annual winged migration of waterfowl and shorebirds to Richardson Bay in Marin will soon start, meaning more than 900 acres of the historic area will be closed to boat traffic, including […]

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Black-bellied Plovers in Colusa County wheat field

September 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird videos, fall migration, Video, Working lands conservation

Bird survey at farmer Fritz Durst’s flooded wheat crop in Colusa County, a part of the Conservation Innovation grant from NRCS. 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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Record sightings of Broad-wing Hawks in Marin

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, fall migration

Caught an interesting post on the listservs from Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in the Marin Headlands. Hawk-counters at the GGRO yesterday apparently recorded 295 sightings of Broad-winged Hawks from Hawk Hill during a 4-hour count period. This is a higher one-day Broad-wing count by a factor of five than has ever […]

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Turkey Vultures are awesome — go check ‘em out

September 25th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, fall migration, Kern River Preserve, Video

We’ve all seen the movie. Our hero, lost in the desert, unscrews the cap from his canteen and pours his last drop of water into his parched mouth. He stumbles on under a relentless sun. Ominous shadows on the ground prompt him to look skyward. Circling overhead are one, then two, then three vultures. We […]

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Salton Sea remains critical for migrating birds

September 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, fall migration, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

We know this, but the Desert Sun provides a nice reminder of how important the Salton Sea remains for birds along the Pacific Flyway: It’s one of the last rest stops and breeding grounds left for millions of migrating birds, representing more than 400 species, that travel the Pacific Flyway — a bird superhighway that […]

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Rare bird alert: Red Crossbills near Morro Bay

September 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Bird Habitat, Birding, California State Parks, fall migration

We saw some reports today of Red Crossbills making a surprising appearance over the last few days at Montana del Oro State Park near Morro Bay. They typically  live in coniferous forests, but wander widely in some years looking for a good cone crop.  They happened to find just a couple trees here, and have been […]

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Vaux’s Swifts are back in L.A.

September 12th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Birding, fall migration

Jeff Chapman, who runs the Audubon Center at Debs Park in Los Angeles, snapped this cool photo of about 5,000 Vaux’s Swifts diving into the brick chimney of the Chester Building on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles last night. Bigger photo below the fold. Share on Facebook

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Here they come: fall migration underway

September 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Audubon Alaska, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, fall migration

As we’ve already noted elsewhere on this blog, fall migration is underway. A really good example of are the Greater Sandhill Cranes which, after a long spring and summer in Alaska, have already been spotted at their wintering grounds in Central California. Beth Peluso of Audubon Alaska recently videotaped Sandhill Cranes staging at the Cramer’s Field […]

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Rough-legged Hawk arriving soon

September 4th, 2012 · 1 Comment · fall migration, Pacific Flyway

We talk a lot about songbirds and seabirds when we talk about migration, but many raptors also migrate. One raptor migrant that should be flying south along the Pacific Flyway is the Rough-legged Hawk. In Spring, the hawk breeds in the Arctic Tundra. Their nests are usually found in Trees or on cliffs. The nest’s […]

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