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

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments · 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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California’s emissions goals are for the birds

January 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society, Pollution

California Gov. Jerry Brown stunned many political observers when, during his unprecedented fourth inaugural speech Jan. 5, called for the Golden State to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by as much as 50 percent in the next 15 years. Many applauded. Others heaped criticism. But I’ll tell you one group that was fully in […]

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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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Birds are warning us about climate change

August 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Global Warming, Pollution

Back in the spring of 2010, as oil began pouring from a damaged undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico, the news media searched for stories that could illustrate the environmental damage for the American public. Just a few days into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, such a story ran, announcing the discovery and subsequent rescue […]

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Another loss for the lead lobby

July 13th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Lead ammunition, Pollution

The New York Times editorial board takes note of yet another loss for those who will argue that lead from ammunition in our environment is just fine: So much for another hard workweek in the Senate. The one accomplishment was the unintended protection of the E.P.A.’s authority over lead. Now the agency should protect the […]

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Morro Coast Audubon teaching children the importance of healthy oceans

October 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, How to help birds, Important Bird Areas, Pollution

Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) initiated an innovative project over the past year to educate the local residents around Morro Bay about marine debris — any litter that poses a threat to the ocean ecosystem when it enters the current — and the potential harmful impacts on coastal wildlife. Share on Facebook

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Local Audubon chapters across California voice support for nonlead ammunition bill

October 10th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Lead ammunition, Pollution

From the Oregon border, south to San Diego, and east through the Central Valley and Eastern Sierra – local Audubon chapters are voicing strong support in their communities for a bill that will remove toxic lead from the environment. Assembly Bill 711, recently approved by the State Legislature and now awaiting the Governor’s signature, would […]

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The sad legacy of toxic lead in the wild continues

October 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Following the transmitter’s signal, it didn’t take me long to find the body of the three-year-old California condor, lying sprawled in the grass beneath a giant pine snag, its nine-and-a-half foot wings half-opened from its body. The date was March 22, 1984 and the foothills of southern Tulare County were spectacular with lush green fields […]

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Former Assemblyman Pedro Nava prods Governor to sign AB 711

October 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Former Assemblyman Pedro Nava this past Sunday penned an opinion piece in his local paper, the Santa Barbara News-Press, encouraging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 711, which will require the use of nonlead ammunition for all hunting in California, beginning in 2019. Unfortunately, the piece is behind the newspaper’s paywall, but here are […]

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Why Audubon California is tackling the issue of lead ammunition

October 1st, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

We knew going into the 2013 legislative session that a lot more people in Sacramento would be talking about the California Condor than usual. With the introduction of Assembly Bill 711 – which will require the use of nonlead ammunition for all hunting – Audubon California and our partners are taking on one of the […]

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L.A. News Group comes out in favor of a lead-free environment

September 27th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Great to see the L.A. News Group newspapers come out in favor of Assembly Bill 711, which will remove a major source of toxic lead from the environment. The editorial today comes out in all of the LANG properties, including the L.A. Daily News: The governor should sign the bill before the Oct. 13 deadline […]

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L.A. Times backs Assembly Bill 711 and a lead-free environment

September 23rd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Great opinion piece from Carla Hall of the Los Angeles Times today supporting Assembly Bill 711. After being passed by the State Legislature, the bill is now sitting on Gov. Brown’s desk awaiting his signature. A bill that would ban the use of lead ammunition by all hunters throughout California awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. There’s […]

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Of goblets and lead

September 23rd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Lead ammunition, Pollution

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