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How birds will benefit if Prop. 1 passes

October 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

Willow Flycatcher by Kelly Colgan Azar As the Nov. 4 election approaches, Audubon California has been listing the various benefits to California birds that will come about with the measure’s passage. We’ve talked about the birds of the Central Valley, shorebirds and seabirds, the Klamath, and other areas. Now we just want to list all […]

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They need you

October 27th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Important Bird Areas, State Policy, Water issues

The Lower Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge is a breathtakingly beautiful place, the Pacific Flyway’s Serengeti for birds. Its landscape is a complex of sage brush, forests, wetlands, and farms – a landscape that was missing something vital the last time I visited it: water. Because of that, hundreds of birds are dying every day there […]

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Prop. 1 is a big part of the solution for Central Valley birds

October 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

A key provision of Proposition 1 could provide tens of millions of dollars for the state’s legal obligations to support 19 Central Valley wildlife refuges that provide critically important wetland habitat for ducks, geese and other migratory birds. Federal law requires California to pay 25 percent of the cost to provide sufficient water to meet the […]

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Add shorebirds and seabirds to those benefiting from Prop. 1

October 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Salton Sea, State Policy, Water issues

While Proposition 1 on the November ballot will help birds of all types throughout the state, two types of birds that you might not expect to benefit from a water bond stand to gain a great deal. Shorebirds and seabirds – including endangered or imperiled species – will directly benefit from funding to state agencies […]

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The birds need you to vote for them

October 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, State Policy, Water issues

Tell us that you’re voting for the birds this Election Day. Share on Facebook

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Another illustration of drought’s impact on birds

October 15th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

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Prop. 1 will help us keep our promise to Central Valley birds

October 14th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you will have seen us talk about the failed promise of water to the 19 Central Valley refuges identified in the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Put simply, in 1992, Congress recognized that the conversion of the Central Valley into the agricultural engine that […]

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Growing Tricolored Blackbirds in Kern County

October 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Kern River Preserve, State Policy, Tricolored Blackbird

With the turn of a wrench, the first water is let loose. Only a trickle right now, one day it will lure flocks of Tricolored Blackbirds and create a riparian area in an otherwise very dry environment. Building surrogate habitats, that’s what the Audubon network is doing in Kern County. I had the pleasure of […]

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Vote for Birds this Election Day

October 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Federal Policy, State Policy, Water issues

You may not see the Allen’s Hummingbird, Long-billed Curlew, or Brown Pelican on your ballot Nov. 5 – but that doesn’t mean you can’t vote for them. This November, tell our leaders that birds matter to you. Share on Facebook

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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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Potential amendments to Feinstein drought bill would create disaster for Central Valley birds and wildlife

May 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Federal Policy, Resources, State Policy, Water issues

Drought legislation sponsored by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein today continued to move quickly through the Senate, prompting concerns that compromises to assure its passage could have disastrous results for birds and other wildlife in the Central Valley. While Senate Bill 2198 had a number of considerations for birds and habitat as necessary for comprehensive drought […]

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New limits on California rodenticide use are a big win for birds and other wildlife

March 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, State Policy

In a huge victory for birds and other wildlife, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation took action to limit the use of a certain kind of rodent poison that has been known to also harm a wide variety of non-targeted birds and other wildlife. The rodenticides in question, known as anticoagulant rodenticides, build up in […]

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A win for Central Coast Marbled Murrelets

March 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments · California State Parks, seabirds, State Policy

Last week the Center for Biological Diversity reached a settlement agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation that will substantially increase protections in the Santa Cruz Mountains for the Marbled Murrelet, an endangered seabird that nests in old-growth forests. Much of the strength of the settlement can be attributed to advocacy on the part […]

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Bill from state legislative leaders is a balanced step in the right direction on California drought

February 19th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, State Policy, Water issues

Audubon California today expressed support for new legislation authored by California Senate Leader pro tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Pérez to address impacts from the California drought. The legislation would allocate about $680 million toward a variety of programs to alleviate the impacts of the drought on communities, farmers and the environment that […]

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David Yarnold writes about lead ammo myths in The Huffington Post

September 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · California Condor, State Policy

Check out this Huffington Post op-ed by National Audubon Society president David Yarnold about AB 711: A dangerous myth persists in the debate over the use of lead ammunition in hunting. It goes something like this: We can afford a little lead in the wilderness, and a little lead in your blood is just fine. […]

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