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Entries Tagged as 'Working lands conservation'

Wood ducks, mallards, and sandpipers, oh my!

July 21st, 2015 · 6 Comments · Water issues, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

On a warm day in early September, Emily James, Sales/Logistic Manager at Robbins Rice Company, whisked Audubon staff to a fallow field where they were adding water to create mudflats for shorebirds. Anxious to see the birds the “new” wetlands were supporting, Emily had been there first thing that day and listed the birds she’d […]

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Frank Mendonsa on the Tricolored Blackbird in his fields

May 26th, 2015 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

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Some good news for the Tricolored Blackbird

April 24th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Guest post by Samantha Arthur, Tricolored Blackbird Conservation Program Manager I’m writing you from Merced County with great news. Generous people like you made it possible for a dairy farmer to sign an agreement a few days ago to delay the harvest of a field that has attracted Tricolored Blackbirds. This agreement lessens the economic […]

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Working with duck clubs to provide wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds

April 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Audubon California and The Nature Conservancy are working with duck clubs in the Central Valley to provide wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds whose normal habitat has been hit hard by the drought. Check out the news piece above. Share on Facebook

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Tricolored Blackbirds spotted at San Bernardino Valley Audubon’s restoration site

April 14th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Recently Audubon California was alerted to the exciting news that Tricolored Blackbirds—over 400 males and even more females—descended upon San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society’s marshy pond restoration site, managed by board member and Tricolor champion, Dave Goodward. This event came as a surprise to those involved with the effort since they were not expecting to see […]

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Tricolored Blackbirds spotted through scope

April 6th, 2015 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Tricolored Blackbird Conservation Program Manager, Samantha Arthur, captured these birds while scouting for colonies in Tulare County. Share on Facebook

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Making partnerships to save Tricoloreds

April 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Field tech Amy, out scouting Tricolored Blackbird colonies. We’ve already signed several dairymen up in the NRCS silage buy-out program. These farmers will now be able the baby birds to fledge AND keep their cows fed and healthy. This partnership is supported by our Five Dollars, Five Birds Campaign. Please consider making a donation today. […]

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Saving the Tricolored Blackbird

March 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Guest post by Samantha Arthur, Tricolored Blackbird Conservation Program Manager Last week while surveying in the Central Valley, I saw several flocks of Tricolored Blackbirds searching for nesting sites. In order to set up their massive colonies, they need a specific type of flooded wetland. Sadly, I am not seeing a lot of that habitat this breeding […]

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Wildflower season at Bobcat Ranch

March 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California Bobcat Ranch, Wildlife photos and video, Working lands conservation

One need not look further than these gorgeous wildflower photos to see that Bobcat Ranch is recovering well from the Monticello Fire. Ranch manager and photographer Carissa Koopmann Rivers, “in the top photo we are overlooking Bray Canyon, across the canyon you can see the orange glow of California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) on the south […]

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Brigid McCormack talks about Tricolored Blackbirds

January 21st, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack was at the Sacramento Zoo this morning to talk about the new grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that will fund a new partnership between the agency, Audubon California and dairy farmers. Here’s a clip: Share on Facebook

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Federal support means more help for Tricolored Blackbirds

January 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Audubon California today received a major federal grant to help grow the population of the Tricolored Blackbird, one of California’s most imperiled species. The funding from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will support a partnership with Farm Bureau, Western United Dairymen, DairyCares, and Sustainable Conservation to work with farmers to protect birds that breed […]

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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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CA Fish and Game Commission votes in favor of emergency listing for Tricolored Blackbird

December 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Landowner Stewardship, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Responding to an alarming drop in the rare bird’s numbers, the California Fish and Game Commission today approved an emergency listing of the Tricolored Blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act. Representatives of Audubon California say they support the action by the Commission, which comes on the heels of a statewide survey completed this summer […]

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More partners = more birds

November 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

This past year, Audubon supported staff time for three Resource Conservation Districts (RCD) with funding Audubon secured from four public grants, and two private foundation grants. RCDs are California’s only grassroots conservation delivery system. Each RCD identifies its community’s greatest conservation problems, and guides landowners toward voluntary, and often innovative, solutions. There are 98 Districts […]

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Audubon California secures water for Pacific Flyway’s migrating birds

November 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · fall migration, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Thousands of wintering migratory birds will have more water and habitat thanks to the advocacy of Audubon California and its partners. Responding to the urging of a coalition of bird and conservation groups, USDA-NRCS created the winter waterfowl initiative. This voluntary program will provide financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to […]

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