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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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Wilderness Celebrates 50 Years

September 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird conservation, seabirds

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Wilderness Act, which has protected our wild heritage across the country! Wilderness areas help protect habitat for birds such as Marbled Murrelets, seabirds which nest in old-growth forest, in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness in Southeast Alaska and Cummins Creek Wilderness in Oregon. The Farallon Wilderness in California protects nesting habitat for […]

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Ashy storm-petrel nesting on Catalina Island

July 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, seabirds

Cool story this week about researchers finding Ashy storm-petrel nests on Catalina Island off southern California. This is a bird that is struggling to survive, so any foothold it gains is huge. (photo by Glen Tepke) Share on Facebook

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Stupid bird humor

July 7th, 2014 · Comments Off · Science, seabirds, stupid bird humor

  For more information, please read this Washington Post article. Share on Facebook

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San Diego Audubon Society volunteers helping endangered California Least Terns

June 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, seabirds

Check out this great coverage of the San Diego Audubon Society’s efforts to protect endangered California Least Terns: Share on Facebook

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Celebrate World Oceans Day

June 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Guest post by Jordan Wellwood, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary The first time I remember seeing a Surf Scoter it was living up to its name. I couldn’t tell if it was playing or feeding, but it was in the surf on the north shore of Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore, and […]

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Audubon network helping troubled Brown Pelicans

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

This week has brought some much-needed good news for California Brown Pelicans. In the past year we’ve mobilized the Audubon network to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to better track and protect pelicans which are experiencing unprecedented breeding failures in the U.S. and Mexico, and die-offs in the U.S., linked to low abundance of […]

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Black Oystercatcher nesting season in full swing

May 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Black Oystercatcher, seabirds

Black Oystercatcher nesting season has begun in California, and a network of Audubon and agency observers are tracking the success of breeding birds from Mendocino to Morro Bay. All told, over 80 people in nine counties visit one or more nest sites at least once a week to check the status of oystercatcher nests. The […]

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Troubling news on Pacific Brown Pelicans

May 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, seabirds

A survey recently conducted by experts suggests that for the fifth straight year, California Brown Pelicans are failing to breed successfully at the U.S. Channel Islands. This unprecedented multi-year breeding failure has alarmed pelican experts as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and highlights the importance of monitoring the status of seabirds in […]

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Pelican Dreams on Kickstarter

May 7th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, seabirds

Although we like all California birds, the Brown Pelican has a special place in our hearts here at Audubon California — we consider the species an integral part of our beautiful California coastlines. Although the bird came off the Endangered Species List in 2009, the Brown Pelican still doesn’t have it easy. Its plight is […]

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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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