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What caused the death of all those Cassin’s Auklets?

March 1st, 2015 · No Comments · 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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Wisdom returns

December 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, seabirds

The oldest known wild bird, a female Laysan Albatross named Wisdom, has returned to her nesting ground on Midway Island. According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials, the 63-year-old bird has reconnected with her mate and appears to be preparing a nest. She has already raised between 30 and 35 chicks in her lifetime, including […]

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Pelican Dreams showing around the country

October 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, seabirds, Video, Wildlife photos and video

You may have heard us talk about Judy Irving and her wonderful documentary film project, Pelican Dreams. It’s a great movie about the compelling subject of the California Brown Pelican. Please take a look at the calendar on the movie’s website and find a showing near you. Here’s the trailer: Pelican DreamsTrailer from Shadow Distribution […]

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Oil Companies Ask to Skimp on Spill Cleanup Equipment for Arctic Ocean

September 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Pollution, seabirds

Oil companies pushing to drill in the Arctic Ocean in 2015 want to cut spending by skimping on oil spill cleanup equipment. Here’s a review of Shell’s string of careless mishaps during its 2012 Arctic season: its oil well containment dome “crumpled like a beer can” during testing in mild weather near Seattle, it grounded […]

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Testing the Waters: Scientists Train in Arctic Ocean for Oil Spill Response

September 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Pollution, Science, seabirds

Nothing beats hands-on experience, especially when dealing with an unpredictable place such as the Arctic Ocean. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just spent several weeks on the US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy to test out what an oil spill response in the Arctic Ocean would entail. Listen to this podcast about the […]

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