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Tricolored Blackbird colony update

April 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Thank you again for your generosity and continued interest in the threatened colony of 50,000 Tricolored Blackbirds. Your contribution has helped delay the harvesting of the field with the Tricolored Blackbird colony until early May while negotiations continue. This should allow enough time for the colony’s young to successfully fledge and for us to reach […]

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Update on Tricolored Blackbird emergency

April 11th, 2014 · No Comments · Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Here is the latest from our Working Lands Program Director: Thank you so much for your tremendous support and continued interest in the at-risk colony of 50,000 Tricolored Blackbirds. Here is the latest update: We asked you to contribute toward an ambitious goal of $40,000 in 24 hours and your response astounded us! You have […]

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Update on Tricolored Blackbird colony in distress

April 4th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Bird conservation, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

To clarify, we did succeed in raising $40,000 (woohoo!) but we still don’t know how much it will ultimately cost to save this colony. We are also making agreements with other farmers who have colonies. All funds raised will go to Tricolored Blackbird conservation. We hope to know more soon. Thank you again for your […]

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April 21: Audubon California presenting talk on native trees & plants for bird habitat

April 1st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Pacific Flyway, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

Interested in hearing more about our Working Waterways hedgerow survey? Bird Conservation Program Manager Karen Velas will be speaking at an Altacal Audubon Society event that is open to the public. Native Trees & Plants for Bird Habitat Presented by Joseph O’Neil and Karen Velas Monday, April 21, 2014 6:30 p.m., Chico Creek Nature Center […]

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Campbell Soup works with Audubon to bring more birds to the farm

February 13th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, How to help birds, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

Guest post by Valerie Calegari, Director of Working Waterways, Audubon California Students from Woodland High, their mentors from the Fish and Wildlife Service, NRCS, and local conservation groups passed around a plug of creeping wild rye, a native grass they are planting, along with wild rose, buckbrush, 3 species of native oak, red bud, and […]

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Working Waterways Program in the news: hedgerows bring birds

February 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Water issues, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

Thanks to the generous support of our private partners: Yocha Dehe Community Fund, Banrock Station and Banrock Station Trust, and PG&E, Audubon California — in partnership with NRCS, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis and UC Berkeley — has learned that farm edges with hedgerows support four times the number of bird […]

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What is a conservation easement?

December 16th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, How to help birds, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Audubon Kern River Preserve Manager Reed Tollefson explains what a land easement is. Share on Facebook

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What is a conservation easement?

September 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Like many others in the conservation world, we are guilty of employing a lot of jargon in our speech. Ever wondered what a conservation easement is? Reed of our Audubon Kern River Preserve explains that it is: Share on Facebook

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Yellow Warblers helping save coffee crops in Costa Rica

September 14th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Working lands conservation

The Yellow Warbler is one of our favorite birds here in California. Audubon California has a number of projects going to help restore its habitat. So we were please to find this report out of Stanford noting that the bird is helping coffee growers in Costa Rica control insects that attack coffee plants. Turns out, […]

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Black-bellied Plovers in Colusa County wheat field

September 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird videos, fall migration, Video, Working lands conservation

Bird survey at farmer Fritz Durst’s flooded wheat crop in Colusa County, a part of the Conservation Innovation grant from NRCS. Share on Facebook

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Federal State of the Birds report highlights work with California rice growers

July 6th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Landowner Stewardship, National Audubon Society, Working lands conservation

The U.S. Department of Interior this week issued its fourth annual State of the Birds report, and this year’s document focused on conservation on private lands. With more than 60 percent of America’s land in private hands, partnerships to make these lands better for birds becomes essential. Audubon’s many such partnerships are highlighted in the […]

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Loggerhead Shrike nest in Central Valley hedgerow

May 25th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Audubon California staff surveying hedgerows in the Central Valley discovered this nest of four Loggerhead Shrike chicks among some Quailbush that had been planted specifically to help birds. Here’s a quick video below — you can hear the adult shrike asking us to leave: Share on Facebook

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First American Avocet nest in rice

May 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration, Working lands conservation

OK, we can’t be certain that this is the first nest that any American Avocets have built in Central Valley rice fields this season, but we can say it’s the first that we’ve found. And it’s always an amazing sight to see these nests built in these fields. The birds themselves travel all the way […]

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Farmers for birds

April 26th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Working lands conservation

We love this pic of Sean Doherty showing Garth Williams and Audubon California’s Kurt Vaughn where he wants to plant native trees and shrubs along a ditch on his property in Colusa County in order to provide food and shelter for birds. Thanks to farmers like Doherty and Williams, riparian birds like warblers and chats […]

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Why Five Dollars Five Birds?

April 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Tricolored Blackbird, Video, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Keiller Kyle explains why Audubon California works with farmers in California’s dairy country to save the Tricolored Blackbird. Share on Facebook

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