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Forage species poised for enhanced protection on the west coast

April 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · seabirds, Uncategorized

  Common Murre with a baby octopus, northern California. Most of you have heard of sardine, anchovy, and herring- the small fish that sustain our coastal and pelagic seabirds and other marine wildlife. Turns out, there are many other species of “forage fish” such as squid, saury, smelt, sand lance and even octopi that can […]

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A win for Central Coast Marbled Murrelets

March 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments · California State Parks, seabirds, State Policy

Last week the Center for Biological Diversity reached a settlement agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation that will substantially increase protections in the Santa Cruz Mountains for the Marbled Murrelet, an endangered seabird that nests in old-growth forests. Much of the strength of the settlement can be attributed to advocacy on the part […]

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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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New interactive map of Pacific Flyway marine Important Bird Areas

December 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon Alaska, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Seabirds are some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife species. In an effort to raise awareness about the plight of these birds and the habitats they depend on, Audubon has released a new interactive map that allows users to explore some of the most important places for these birds. The map extends from the icy […]

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Laysan Albatross is a mom again at 62 (at least)

December 7th, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding, seabirds

Fascinating news out of Midway Island that Wisdom, the world’s oldest banded bird, has laid another egg and appears to be well on her way to being a mom again. (photo courtesy the USFWS) Share on Facebook

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Drop in sardines prompts worry about Brown Pelicans

November 29th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, seabirds

Good article running from the Associated Press about how a drastic drop in sardines could be impacting Brown Pelicans. We’ve really got to keep an eye on this. Share on Facebook

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Seabird and marine mammal feeding frenzy in Monterey Bay

November 23rd, 2013 · 6 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, seabirds

Monterey Bay, a global marine Important Bird Area, has for months been teeming with seabirds, whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife. Predators from all over the Pacific have come here to feed on a reported “wall of anchovies.” This past weekend Audubon California’s Andrea Jones and I were fortunate to witness this wildlife spectacle […]

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Keeping watch over Brown Pelicans

October 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, seabirds

The Brown Pelican is California’s iconic coastal bird and one of the great success stories of the Endangered Species Act. While pelicans have dramatically recovered in the last 30 years, they have since suffered unprecedented breeding failures and starvation events in California and Oregon, likely due to poor availability of prey. Audubon California is leading […]

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Wildlife agencies must address Brown Pelican woes

September 18th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, seabirds

 Two leading conservation organizations this week called upon the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to follow through with statutory monitoring and protection for the iconic California Brown Pelican. The organizations specifically note that the Service was obliged to monitor breeding and roosting pelican populations following its delisting of the species in 2009, and that this […]

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Big decision pending on food resources for seabirds and other wildlife

July 16th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, seabirds

The Pacific herring is a diminutive fish with an outsized role supporting marine wildlife on the Pacific Flyway, such as the gorgeous surf scoter, above. Due to the foundational importance of herring to birds and other wildlife, Audubon California is spearheading a program  focused on conserving herring in California and the Pacific Flyway.  Now, the California […]

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July 1st, 2013 · Comments Off · seabirds

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Lawsuit filed over Marbled Murrelets at Big Basin Redwoods

June 19th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California State Parks, seabirds

Today the Center for Biological Diversity (Center) filed suit against California State Parks over its refusal to take steps to protect the critically imperiled central coast population of the Marbled Murrelet in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. We understand why the Center has brought this case and we agree with many of their concerns. The […]

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Make it a Seabird Summer

June 18th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Bird conservation, seabirds

Terns standing watch on wet sand. Albatrosses soaring over blue waves. Pelicans diving for fish beyond the breakers, while masses of shearwaters offshore plot their next 10,000-mile journey. Humans won’t be the only ones flocking to California waters this summer. Our seabirds and shorebirds will be there, too – and we want to see more of […]

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15 cool and interesting things about Brown Pelicans

June 18th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, seabirds

Since we’re talking about seabirds these days, let’s give some time to one of California’s most fascinating ones — the Brown Pelican. Ah, but where to begin? The crazy dives into the water? That beak? There are so many cool things about this bird that we just threw them into a list. Please add any […]

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How do seabirds drink saltwater?

June 15th, 2013 · Comments Off · seabirds

If drinking saltwater is so bad for you, how do seabirds survive on pretty much nothing but? Well, it turns out that seabirds have a gland above their eyes that desalinates the water for them. Audubon Magazine has more. Share on Facebook

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