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Audubon’s position on wind power (and eagles)

December 11th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, National Audubon Society, Wind power

Audubon believes that climate change will be the greatest threat to birds that we will see in our lifetimes. The science supporting this notion (much of it researched by Audubon) is conclusive that unless we do something we could see serious negative impacts on birds. For this reason, our organization strongly supports the development of […]

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Speak out to protect eagles

December 7th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Wind power

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Department of Interior just approved a rule allowing a 30-year permit for killing Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles at wind energy developments across the country. We’re all for renewable energy, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Tell the Department of Interior that […]

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Audubon’s Yarnold slams federal decision to put eagles at risk

December 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Wind power

Audubon President David Yarnold this evening came out strong against a Department of Interior rule creating a 30-year permit that will allow for the killing of Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles at wind energy sites: “Instead of balancing the need for conservation and renewable energy, Interior wrote the wind industry a blank check,” said Audubon […]

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Wind energy company pleads guilty to killing protected Golden Eagles

November 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Wind power

In a landmark case, a wind energy company operating in Wyoming has pleaded guilty to killed Golden Eagles. Golden Eagles are a protected species, and this is the first time the law has been enforced against a wind farm. In its plea agreement with the federal government, Duke Energy has agreed to pay a $1 […]

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Singed feathers

November 21st, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California

We’ve heard a great deal about how these massive solar plants in the desert could be harming birds, but we’ve never seen a photo like the one accompanying this USA Toda story of a bird’s singed feathers. Wow. Share on Facebook

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Endangered bird found dead at desert solar plant

July 17th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Endangered Species Act

A Riverside solar power plant in May reported that an endangered Yuma Clapper Rail was found dead at its Desert Sunlight solar facility near Joshua Tree National Park in Riverside County. Audubon California takes this very seriously and will be working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to determine exactly what happened (photo by USFWS) […]

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Bird deaths on the decline at Altamont

January 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, S.F. Bay, Wind power

If you’ve been following this issue, you know that the Altamont Pass wind energy farm has long been a black eye on the alternative energy industry because of the massive numbers of birds that are killed in the turbines. The fight against this outrage has been led by Golden Gate Audubon and a coalition of […]

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Imperial Valley agricultural fields becoming increasingly important for rare Mountain Plover

January 15th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

A rare and secretive grassland bird that migrates between the Great Plains and California’s grassy valleys is increasingly turning up in Imperial Valley agricultural fields (south of the Salton Sea in southern California), according to a recent survey organized by Audubon California. If this trend continues, the Mountain Plover’s shifting habitat could have implications for […]

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Audubon reaches across country to make a wind project better for birds

August 22nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Bird Habitat

This is a great story of a wind energy developer working with conservation groups to find a solution that meets both our needs for alternative energy and wildlife protection. But there’s a little more to the story. Montana Audubon initially reached out to Garry George, Audubon California’s renewable energy project director, with its concerns about […]

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Audubon joins other conservation groups to help craft vision for solar energy on public lands

July 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway

For the last several years, Audubon and other conservation groups have watched alternative energy development in the West with mixed emotions. On the one hand, we well understand that climate change presents a serious through to wildlife and habitat. But on the other hand, it’s difficult to get behind projects that tear up prime swaths […]

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Condor sighting expected to rise in the Tehachapis

July 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

More and more we’re seeing California Condors pushing into their historical range, including the Tehachapi Mountains. While it’s great to see the population expanding its range, this expansion comes with some worries. First, there’s the increased interaction with humans, which never seems to be a good thing for the endangered species. But then there’s the […]

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Fears over possible condor loss prompt wind farms to search for ways to avoid bird collisions

May 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

According to the Los Angeles Times, wind energy developers in the Tehachapi Mountains are looking to science to avoid what would be a catastrophic collision between an endangered California Condor and a wind turbine. The issue is more critical than ever as the California Condor continues to expand further into its historical range, which includes […]

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Audubon California joins other groups in supporting Imperial Valley solar project

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California

Four major conservation groups today announced their support for a set of proposed large-scale solar power projects in Imperial County, Calif., because of the project meets the need to promote well-located clean energy development, demonstrate the care taken to address wildlife concerns, and create good union jobs. The Sierra Club, Audubon California, Defenders of Wildlife […]

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Watch out, Swainson’s Hawks

March 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Couldn’t help but flag this listserv post the East Bay Birds board last night from Dominik Mosur: “While driving back from a morning of birding San Joaquin County I spotted a Dark-morph SWAINSON’S HAWK flying over HWY 580 just west of the sign for Altamont Pass. This was around 1:45 p.m. Nice to see one in […]

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Spring migration and wind turbines

March 19th, 2012 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

If you follow bird conservation, particularly out West, you have undoubtedly heard about the controversy involving bird deaths due to wind power turbines. There certainly isn’t room in this post to discuss the issue at length, but we do want to highlight it as an important consideration related to spring migration. According to most research, […]

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