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Reports suggest that Duke Energy is behind the latest attack on Migratory Bird Treaty Act

June 26th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Wind power

Audubon Magazine report shows that the first wind energy producer fined for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act may be the force behind Congress’s latest effort to gut the nearly 100-year-old law. Share on Facebook

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If we’re cutting back on oil use, then offshore drilling should be the first to go

June 24th, 2015 · 10 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming, Pollution

With the images of dead and injured birds from the recent oil spill at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara fresh in our minds, Audubon California is stepping up its support of new legislation which will close the last remaining loopholes allowing offshore oil drilling in California waters. Senate Bill 788, authored by State Senator […]

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Audubon chapter joins suit to halt Panoche Valley solar project

June 21st, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

Our friends at the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society have joined with the Sierra Club to file a lawsuit to halt a controversial solar energy project in Panoche Valley. The parties contend that the projects Environmental Impact Report was vastly insufficient. Share on Facebook

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Ivanpah fails to deliver on energy promise

June 16th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy

Bird-killing solar plant Ivanpah is producing only 40% of the energy NRG Energy Inc. promised. From a MarketWatch article: The sprawling facility uses “power towers”–huge pillars surrounded by more than 170,000 mirrors, each bigger than a king-size bed–to capture the sun’s rays and create steam. That steam is used to generate electricity. Built by BrightSource Energy […]

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A new conservation tool for Burrowing Owls

June 4th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Science

Guest post by Katie Krieger, GIS Analyst, Important Bird Areas Audubon California has created an interactive map tool to shed light on risks to Burrowing Owls and help illuminate possible conservation solutions. The tool consolidates Burrowing Owl survey observations (both individual owls and burrows) from the past decade in the Imperial Valley. To help researchers […]

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It’s easy to ask your State Senator to vote for climate change bills

June 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Global Warming

Audubon California is supporting a slate of climate change-related bills going before the California State Senate tomorrow. We’re asking people to email their senators, but nothing is more effective than phone calls. In the video below, we demonstrate just how easy it is to call your senator to ask him or her to vote for […]

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How can we enjoy birds and nature if it’s unhealthy to breathe the air outside?

May 7th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Pollution

The release last week of new data from the American Lung Association about the dangers of air pollution in California puts more urgency into current legislative efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The reality is that while air pollution in the form of greenhouse gas emissions is the leading cause of global warming, air pollution is also […]

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Brown’s executive order on carbon pollution is not only good for people, but also birds and nature

April 29th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Global Warming

Today’s executive order from Gov. Jerry Brown will not help secure the quality of life for current and future Californians, but also safeguard birds and other natural treasures, said representatives of Audubon California. Brown seeks to reduce carbon pollution to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, putting California at the lead of any North […]

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State Senate climate bills will help birds and people

April 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Global Warming, Pollution

With the national discussion on climate change stalled (to say the least), California is now leading the way in addressing this important issue. Gov. Jerry Brown stunned many political observers January when he called for the Golden State to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by as much as 50 percent in the next 15 […]

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Plant’s consultants say Ivanpah solar facility likely killed 3,500 birds in its first year

April 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

A new study by consultants hired by the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert estimate that the plant killed somewhere between 2,500 and 6,700 birds in its first year. Their best guess is the actual number is around 3,500. The facility got a lot of attention from bird conservationists when observers reported seeing birds […]

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What is up, Jonathan Franzen?

April 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society

Just got through reading author and birder Jonathan Franzen’s essay in the New Yorker about climate change and conservation. We were hardly a hundred words into the article — thinking “Hey, how cool is it that this super-famous guy is talking about bird conservation in the New Yorker!” — when we suddenly found Audubon taking […]

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Alameda County approves controversial extension for bird-killing wind turbines at Altamont

March 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay, Wind power

Despite opposition from Audubon California and other conservation groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved an extension for a wind company to continue using older generation wind turbines at Altamont Pass that are predicted to kill a number of protected bird species, including Golden Eagles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the […]

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Garry George recognized by Sea and Sage Audubon for his work on behalf of birds

March 21st, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters

Audubon California’s Garry George was recognized last night for his efforts to protect birds and habitat, and in particular his “efforts to ensure more rational use of alternative energy sources such and wind and solar power.” As renewable energy director, George advocates for proper siting of projects to minimize impacts on birds and habitat. George […]

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Study: California can embrace renewable energy without wrecking natural habitat

March 18th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Wind power

California can power itself three to five times over without embracing industrial-scale renewable energy that wrecks natural habitat, according to a new study by Stanford researchers. Researchers made this determination after reviewing the possibility of a built-out system of distributed generation (such as rooftop solar) and larger projects on already disturbed land, such as former […]

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Concerning Apple’s investment in solar energy

February 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

You may have heard the news last week that Apple is investing $850 million in a solar project to power its new headquarters and stores, but you might also have been confused to learn that Audubon California and a bunch of other conservation groups are opposed to the idea. Well, as usual, the reality is […]

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