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Sandy DeSimone talks about coastal sage scrub

April 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Conservation research, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary Director of Research and Education, Sandy DeSimone, spends a lot of her time studying the best ways to manage land to help coastal sage scrub and the wildlife that relies on it, flourish. Here she talks about how she became interested in the plant community. Share on Facebook

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Another all star lineup for the Starr Ranch Sanctuary birdathon

April 16th, 2015 · Comments Off · Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

What’s a Birdathon?  Well, here’s how it works: In a single 24 hour period starting the evening of April 17, Starr Ranch Sanctuary Manager Pete and his team will set out to see or hear as many different bird species as possible — not just at Starr Ranch, but also at beaches, marshes, mountains and […]

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Audubon Starr Ranch Great Horned Owl + Barn Owl Banding

April 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Starr Ranch Sanctuary

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 2015. 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM WHERE: Audubon Starr Ranch — Trabuco Canyon, California COST: $100/person Great Horned Owls and Barn Owls are two of eleven species of raptors that nest on Starr Ranch. Among other nests, this year we have Great Horned Owls using an old Red-shouldered Hawk nest and Barn Owls using a […]

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Cool time lapse video of American Kestrel readying nest, laying first egg

March 26th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Video

Check out this cool video of a female American Kestrel preparing her nest and laying her first egg in a box at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. If you want to know what’s happening right now, check out the Ranch’s live video feed. You can still see the egg in the top […]

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Big win for Least Bell’s Vireo

March 19th, 2015 · Comments Off · 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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Orange-crowned Warbler takes center stage at Starr Ranch

March 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Time for another guest post from Holly M. Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. Spring is certainly in the air! With the warming weather and increased bird song that can only mean one thing…it’s spring migration! Be on the lookout, at this time of year birds begin passing through and some […]

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Lots of great birds at the Audubon Starr Ranch

March 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Guest post from Holly Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. It’s starting to feel like spring here at Starr Ranch! More birds have started singing, like Orange-crowned Warblers, Oak Titmice, Song Sparrow to name a few. I even got to see a Black Phoebe territorial display where two Black Phoebes […]

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California Towhee stars in this report from the Audubon Starr Ranch

February 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Just got this very cool update from Holly M. Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County: It feels like this week has been extra birdy! And with the creek flowing, there have been some rather interesting bird sightings. The other day walking up the road I was surprised when two Mallards […]

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Rare coastal sage scrub habitat provides a home for threatened gnatcatcher and many other species

February 5th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

You’re walking on a trail in Southern California in early May – perhaps Palos Verdes or La Jolla or San Bernardino – and suddenly you are surrounded by fifty shades of green, brown, and gray. The strong smell of sage and mint reach your nose.  Shrub flowers of every shape and color. “What is this?” […]

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Female American Kestrel checks out our nest box at Starr Ranch

February 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

By now, you have probably heard about the Barn Owl cam at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary. What you may not know is that for the last few years, American Kestrels have made nests in the same eucalyptus tree being used by the Barn Owls. Their nest has been about 25 feet higher. Unfortunately, we […]

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Snow at Starr Ranch

December 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary got a rare dusting of snow last night. (photo by Sandy DeSimone) Share on Facebook

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This week in birds at the Audubon Starr Ranch

December 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Here’s the latest update on Audubon Starr Ranch birds by ornithologist Holly M. Garrod. Really cool stuff: While migration has slowed down and the rains have decreased bird activity, fear not, the birds are still around! The Christmas Bird Count was successful at Casper’s Park, with volunteers finding 50 species! This month’s MoSI session was a […]

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Bird update from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

November 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Here’s another fun round-up of bird seen at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County, courtesy Ornithologist Holly Garrod: This week, while enjoying a nice morning at the cabin, I had a Red-shouldered Hawk visit the bird bath and perch less than 50 feet from me! He took a drink, we stared each other down […]

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Cool wintering birds from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

November 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

We just got this update from ornithologist and educator Holly M. Garrod, reporting from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County: This week proved to be very exciting bird-wise. The other day I watched a Merlin fly right through the canyon! (And no, not the wizard). A Merlin is a small falcon-like bird that often […]

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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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