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Ask an Auduboner: what makes a good beach docent?

August 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Western Snowy Plover

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How to ID a California Gnatcatcher

August 11th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Federal Policy, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, State Policy

The California Gnatcatcher is a distinct subspecies and was confirmed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 1993 as endangered. 77,000 is estimated to be its total global population.* It is emblematic of the rich coastal sage scrub of southern California, an enduring remnant of our wild coast that is now one of the […]

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Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort

April 11th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

California’s birds and wildlife suffered a huge setback today. The California Coastal Commission approved the development of a large hotel and condominium complex sited on beach and dune habitat on Monterey Bay in Sand City. The developer calls this 360-unit complex, with parking for almost 1,000 cars, the “Monterey Shores Eco-resort.” The pacific coast population […]

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What Audubon California is doing to protect the Burrowing Owl

December 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation

As shown by its winning the 2013 Bird of the Year designation, the Burrowing Owl is a favorite California bird. Unfortunately, the Burrowing Owl has been designated a Species of Special Concern, mostly due to threats to habitat from agriculture and development. The Burrowing Owl finds its home in dry open areas with low vegetation, […]

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California chapters working to save the Burrowing Owl

December 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation

Want to get involved in Burrowing Owl conservation? Check-out what your local Audubon chapter is up to. Here is a list of some great programs being held around the state: Share on Facebook

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Los Angeles Teen Recognized for Audubon Volunteerism

May 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird L.A., Nature education and activities, Uncategorized

Long time Audubon Center at Debs Park volunteer Patty Cortes has been recognized by the Highland Park Ebell Club for her efforts to make her community a better place. Currently a senior in high school, Patty will be attending Humboldt State University in the fall, studying ecology.  She will be the first person in her […]

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FWS Expands Critical Habitat for Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

January 16th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has substantially expanded the critical habitat for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, adding 490 stream miles and 88,149 acres of land to the designation. The Southwestern Willow Flycatcher is a small songbird that nests in vegetation along rivers and streams or other wetlands; is known to occur only in […]

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Our beloved Island Scrub Jay is one of the rarest birds in the US

November 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation

According to a statement from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the population of Island Scrub Jays puts it into the top ten rarest US birds. The bird is endemic to Santa Cruz island off the Ventura County coast. From an NBC News report: The study estimates that there are 2,500 scrub jays living in the […]

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Rare California seabird reported breeding off Mendocino Coast for the first time since the 1920s

August 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, seabirds

Scientists surveying rocky islands this week off the Mendocino County coast within the California Coastal National Monument made a remarkable discovery – several breeding sites for the Ashy Storm-Petrel, a rare and declining seabird not reported nesting in this area since 1926. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there may be as few as […]

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California Endangered Species Act protections restored to Black-backed Woodpeckers

June 4th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Endangered Species Act

According to a press release from CBD, a California superior court judge has ratified a settlement between the John Muir Project, Center for Biological Diversity and the California Fish and Game Commission that restores California Endangered Species Act protections to Black-backed Woodpeckers. The rare woodpecker lives in coniferous forests in the northwest, it particularly enjoys […]

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Grasshopper Sparrow threatened by loss of habitat

May 14th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, How to help birds, Pacific Migration, Resources, Working lands conservation

Reports of Grasshopper Sparrows have been constant this Pacific Migration. This small sparrow does indeed eat grasshoppers, as well as other insects, seeds, and other vegetation they forage for on the ground. The Sparrow can be hard to spot because it spends so much time on the ground, but males will perch on top of […]

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A special sighting in San Francisco

May 10th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, S.F. Bay

A Bald Eagle was reported on the California birding list serve as being seen in the Richmond district of San Francisco. This bird rarely makes an appearance in the City by the Bay, which makes this spotting special. Anyone else see it? (Photo by Peter LaTourrette) Share on Facebook

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The Red Knot in breeding plumage

May 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments · Audubon Watchlist, Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Well, we told you we’d be talking a lot about shorebirds in April, and that is apparently spilling over into May. But it’s hard to talk about migrating shorebirds without mentioning the Red Knot, renowned as one of the most intrepid migrating birds of them all. Seriously, some of these sandpipers fly from Tierra del […]

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Protecting Malibu’s Western Snowy Plovers

April 12th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, California State Parks, Western Snowy Plover

(Photo by USFWS) Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society volunteers, along with California State Parks staff, erected a symbolic fence along the beaches of Malibu. The fence will serve as a reminder that area is home to the threatened Western Snowy Plover. Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society spoke to Jimy Tallal of The Malibu Times: “It’s […]

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The Black Turnstone on the Pacific Flyway

April 5th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

If you didn’t know birds and heard the phrase Black Turnstone, you might be inclined to think that it was the name of some northern California microbrewery IPA. The name has a certain poetry to it. Odd then that this North American shorebird arrived at this name in most prosaic fashion. “Black” because it’s mostly […]

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