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21 Condors being treated for lead poisoning at L.A. Zoo

October 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Lead ammunition

According to a report from the Associated Press, veterinarians at the Los Angeles Zoo have treated 21 endangered California Condors for lead poisoning this hunting season. Officials correlate the lead poisoning with the increase in lead ammunition being left in the field. Audubon California recently joined with the Humane Society of the United States and […]

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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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San Francisco Chronicle writes about Assembly Bill 711 and the threat of lead ammunition

September 14th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Great article in the San Francisco Chronicle today by Peter Fimrite: The issue is not new. Wildlife officials have said 130 species are at risk of poisoning by spent lead ammunition left behind by hunters. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service outlawed the use of lead shot for duck and goose hunting in 1991 because of evidence […]

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David Yarnold writes about lead ammo myths in The Huffington Post

September 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · California Condor, State Policy

Check out this Huffington Post op-ed by National Audubon Society president David Yarnold about AB 711: A dangerous myth persists in the debate over the use of lead ammunition in hunting. It goes something like this: We can afford a little lead in the wilderness, and a little lead in your blood is just fine. […]

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Audubon Magazine talks about California’s effort to require nonlead ammo for hunting

September 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Audubon Magazine is out with its take on California’s Assembly Bill 711, which seeks to remove a major source of toxic lead from the environment. (photo of California Condor by Jim Bahn) Share on Facebook

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If the past is any indication, AB 711 isn’t the threat to hunting that the opposition says it is

August 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Opponents of Assembly Bill 711 are fond of saying that a law requiring the use of nonlead ammunition for hunting would end hunting in California. Well, one way to verify that claim would be to see how the practice of hunting has responded to earlier restrictions on the use of lead ammunition. A quick check […]

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Leading condor expert: we can get rid of lead ammunition and save the condor

August 17th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Great piece in today’s Monterey County Herald by Kelly Sorenson of the Ventana Wildlife Society, one of the leading agencies doing hands-on rehabilitation of the California Condor in Big Sur. Sorenson notes how strange it is that his organization has been targeted by the NRA as an enemy, and notes that the lead ammunition problem […]

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Continued high lead levels in condors prove the need for nonlead ammo requirement

July 22nd, 2013 · 7 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

In the debate over current legislation that would require nonlead ammunition for all hunting in California, opponents continue to note that lead levels in California Condors continues to remain at high levels despite a 2007 ban on lead ammunition in their range. They tout this fact as proof that Assembly Bill 711 isn’t necessary, but […]

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Bear Valley Springs residents love their condors … not, exactly

June 8th, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

There’s an odd fact that California Condor experts will tell you, and it’s that the endangered birds actually like people. That’s a fact that residents of Bear Valley Springs in Kern County are learning the hard way, as the birds seem to be enjoying their community a little too much. Local officials from the U.S. […]

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Join us in Los Angeles for a free screening of The Condor’s Shadow

June 6th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird conservation, California Condor, Lead ammunition

Attend a free screening on Thursday, June 13, of the year-in-the-life documentary film that follows USFWS biologist Joseph Brandt into the world of endangered species recovery. His mission: To enable the California condor to fly free once again. Beautiful and poignant, The Condor’s Shadow will make you appreciate the challenges faced and the passion brought […]

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Statement from Audubon California on USFWS decision on California Condors and So. Cal. wind project

May 24th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Lead ammunition

Audubon California today issued the following statement from Policy Director Dan Taylor regarding the recent decision from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to essentially allow the lethal take of a California Condor at a proposed wind development in Southern California: “Given Audubon’s decades-long involvement in the protection and restoration of the California Condor, we […]

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Said no bird ever

May 13th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Our bill to require nonlead ammunition for hunting in California goes before the State Assembly this week. Let your leaders know that you want a YES vote on Assembly Bill 711. For more information about the legislation, visit our website. Share on Facebook

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More support for Assembly Bill 711 and a lead-free environment for birds

May 7th, 2013 · Comments Off · California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Great piece about the California Condor and the threat of lead ammunition to both birds and people from Yale Environment 360, which is published by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Share on Facebook

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California Condors continue to suffer from lead poisoning

March 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

ABC7 has put together a great piece talking about the ongoing threat of lead poisoning from ammunition to endangered California Condors: Share on Facebook

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Leading scientists agree that lead from ammunition is significant threat to people and wildlife

March 25th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Late last week, a group of prominent, nationally-renowned scientists in field of lead poisoning released a statement of consensus agreeing that lead from ammunition poses a significant threat to both wildlife and people. The letter opens: We, the undersigned, with scientific expertise in lead and environmental health, endorse the overwhelming scientific evidence on the toxic […]

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