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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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Audubon Bobcat Ranch slowly making its way back from July 4 fire

October 19th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon California Bobcat Ranch, Bird Habitat, Working lands conservation

Above is a short video report from Cari Koopman Rivers, who manages the Audubon Bobcat Ranch, just outside of Winters. The fire she is talking about is the Monticello Fire that swept over more than half of the ranch’s 6,800 acres on July 4 of this year. Since then, Koopman Rivers has not only been […]

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Kern River Preserve partner named finalist for California Leopold Conservation Award

October 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

One of the finalists announced for this year’s prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award, which honors private landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources, is Hafenfeld Ranch of Kern County. Hafenfeld Ranch is owned by Bruce and Sylvia Hafenfeld and operated with their son and his wife, Eric and Jamie. They manage certified […]

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Fire at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch

July 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Over the holiday weekend, a brush fire hit the Audubon Bobcat Ranch, located just outside of Winters. The blaze burned through 3,500 of the sanctuary’s 6,800 acres. No Audubon staff members were injured in the fire, nor were any structures damaged. Audubon California currently leases the property for grazing; none of the livestock on the […]

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Scientists Call for End to Old-Growth Logging in the Tongass

June 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Working lands conservation

Yesterday, two former Chiefs of the Forest Service and more than 70 other top scientists called on President Obama to end old-growth logging. In particular, the scientists said that the best strategy for Pacific rainforests such as the Tongass National Forest in Alaska is “to establish conservation reserves and leave them alone.” The scientists included […]

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Survey reveals 44% decline in rare Tricolored Blackbirds

June 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues, Working lands conservation

A comprehensive survey of Tricolored Blackbirds in California has confirmed that the population of the rare species has declined 44 percent since 2011. The 2014 survey – led by UC Davis, in partnership with Audubon California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service — counted 145,000 Tricolored Blackbirds, down […]

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Yolo County restoration project brings back Grasshopper Sparrows

May 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Working lands conservation

The Grasshopper Sparrow is easier heard than seen. Earlier this month, our colleagues at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch heard the furtive bird’s signature two staccato notes followed by the long whistling buzz, and followed the sounds to two separate breeding pairs. This was cause for celebration, and a vindication of Audubon California’s efforts to restore […]

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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 · Comments Off · 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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