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What’s a Little Oil Spill Among Friends?

March 31st, 2015 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Today the Department of Interior approved the contested Oil Lease Sale 193 in the Arctic Ocean, opening the door for Shell to push for drilling this summer. Audubon Alaska’s Jim Adams said, “The agency’s decision to move forward with oil leasing despite a 75 percent chance of a major spill is stunning and does a […]

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Administration more than doubles size of marine sanctuaries off California coast

March 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Michael Sutton, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

The White House announced last week that it was more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the California Coast. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary are both vital places for seabirds: “These newly expanded sanctuaries will work in tandem with California’s network of state marine reserves […]

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Small fish receive landmark protections off West Coast

March 13th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Wisdom, the 63+ year old Laysan Albatross, the oldest known living wild bird (left side).  Photo by Greg Joder Earlier this week the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, responsible for managing fish stocks in federal waters (3 to 200 miles) off of California, Oregon and Washington, took a landmark step to protect the forage fish that […]

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

March 4th, 2015 · Comments Off · 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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What caused the death of all those Cassin’s Auklets?

March 1st, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Science, seabirds

Audubon Magazine takes a closer look at the mysterious die-off of Cassin’s Auklets late last year, trying to find what was causing these small birds to starve to death. (photo by D. Derickson, COASST) Share on Facebook

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Now is a great time to ask fisheries managers to protect food for California seabirds

February 5th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, seabirds

You’ve probably heard about the alarming mass die-off of Cassin’s Auklets on the west coast these past few months. Over 100,000 birds, mostly young of year, have starved to death due to a lack of krill and copepods that is their primary prey. This unusual and worrisome large scale event highlights the need to protect the […]

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Legislature needs to protect birds from non-oil spills, as well

January 29th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Jordan Wellwood, director of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Tiburon, writes in today’s San Francisco Chronicle that we’re going to see more problems with “mystery goo” spills unless the State Legislature acts to fund state agencies to respond to non-oil spills in the same way that they respond to oil spills: California’s […]

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We have failed the waterbirds of San Francisco Bay*

January 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

I was horrified to learn last week that waterbirds were showing up dead or dying in San Francisco Bay contaminated by a mysterious sticky substance. And this problem persists even now. At the time, I was even more horrified when I discovered that most of these birds are being found in an area that we’ve […]

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Researchers warn of mass extinction in our oceans

January 18th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, seabirds

A new report published in the journal Science warns that we may be on the precipice of a mass extinctions of ocean life, including marine birds. The report does come with a measure of hope, however. But there is still time to avert catastrophe, Dr. McCauley and his colleagues also found. Compared with the continents, […]

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First big herring run in San Francisco Bay creates feeding (and birding) frenzy

January 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

This past week marked the first big Pacific herring run of the year in San Francisco Bay. Herring is serious business for many of the birds we love, providing a rich, nourishing winter smorgasbord for hungry waterbirds on the Pacific Flyway. With climate change causing big changes in the availability of prey for waterbirds and […]

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Seabird die-off in northwest continues to baffle researchers

January 7th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, seabirds

The Los Angeles Times weighs in on the mysterious die-off of Cassin’s Auklets in the Pacific Northwest that has baffled researchers, and cause a great deal of concern for conservationists. Audubon California has long said that seabirds are among our most imperiled species. The root cause is almost always related to the food chain, and […]

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All about the California Gull

January 6th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Birding, seabirds

By Pam Huntley of KZYX FM 88.3, 90.7, AND 91.5 Reprinted with permission from The Black Oystercatcher, Mendocino Coast Audubon Society Newsletter January 2015 Birders don’t use the term “sea gull” because many gulls spend most of their lives far from the ocean. The California Gull breeds around Mono Lake, but spends so much of its time […]

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These little fish are a big deal to birds

December 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · seabirds, Uncategorized

The anchovy that flavors your Caesar salad or tops your pizza also happen to be at the top of the list in importance for seabirds in California and Oregon. There are troubling signs that stocks of this small fish are in jeopardy, impacting some of our favorite seabirds. Audubon’s west coast forage campaign is working […]

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Good News for Bristol Bay, Alaska

December 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Obama’s gift to Bristol Bay: “no oil and gas development” offshore, protecting the world’s biggest wild sockeye salmon run! Those salmon in turn help support the millions of seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds that rely on the region for migration staging, breeding, and overwintering. Share on Facebook

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Audubon network helps save Marbled Murrelets in California

December 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments · seabirds, Uncategorized

The outlook is brighter today for the critically endangered central coast population of marbled murrelet, thanks in large part to advocacy by the Audubon network. In the past year, California State Parks- the agency responsible for protecting most of this population’s nesting habitat- has put in place strong on the ground measures to protect nesting […]

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