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Army Corps moving forward with plan to kill birds in Oregon, Portland Audubon threatens to sue

March 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway

It took the Army Corps of Engineers all of about two days to reject opposition and move forward with its plan to kill 11,000 cormorants and destroy 26,000 nests on East Sand Island in Oregon. The Audubon Society of Portland has already threatened to sue. We’ll be tracking this story closely in the next few […]

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Big win for Least Bell’s Vireo

March 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Orange County Toll Road (241), Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on Monday denied the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) a water quality permit for its Tesoro Extension project. The Board voted unanimously to adopt findings that reinforced its decision of June 2013, when the Regional Board rejected the requested Waste Discharge Requirements permit because the full project […]

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Audubon chapters, advocates step up to fight delisting of Coastal California Gnatcatcher

February 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

This is a photo of a giant stack of letters we put in the mail last Friday, about 4,700 total from Audubon activists to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service voicing their opposition to the proposed delisting of the Coastal California Gnatcatcher. Pretty impressive, but actually just a small fraction of the comments that Audubon […]

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U.S. Interior addressing threats to Sage Grouse habitat

January 6th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Working lands conservation

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel announced today that the Department of the Interior will be creating a task force to create a science-based solution to the fires destroying vital sagebrush and rangelands that comprise the Sage Grouse habitat, including areas of California. Fires have had a devastating impact on these sensitive ecosystems. As recently […]

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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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