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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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Proposed plan for old growth redwoods in Big Basin State Park would further imperil marbled murrelets in Central California

April 24th, 2013 · 5 Comments · How to help birds, seabirds, State Policy

Last week California State Parks released its new General Plan and Environmental Impact Report for Big Basin State Park in Santa Cruz County. The Park has the largest stand of old growth redwood south of San Francisco, and harbors the vast majority of remaining  central coast marbled murrelet. It is literally the key to the future for […]

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New director of California State Parks named

November 13th, 2012 · Comments Off · California State Parks, State Policy

Gov. Jerry Brown today appointed retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General Anthony L. Jackson to run the beleaguered California State Parks. ”Major General Jackson brings more than thirty years of problem-solving and management experience to Parks, serving most recently as the Commanding General of Marine bases across the Southwestern U.S. and tens of thousands of troops and civilians,” Brown said […]

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Petition to list the Northwest Pacific Great White Shark population as threatened or endangered

August 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, State Policy

Center for Biological Diversity, Oceana, and SharkStewards filed a petition this week to list the Great White Shark as threatened orendangered. From the petition: White sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, of the northeastern Pacific Ocean are in peril. New studies demonstrate that these sharks form a genetically distinct population. Such a population, covering a significant portion of the world’s oceans, urgently […]

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Audubon California applauds selection of Ben Hueso to chair Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee

August 10th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Michael Sutton, State Policy

The leadership of Audubon California today praised this week’s appointment of San Diego Assemblymember Ben Hueso as Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.  Assembly Speaker John Pérez made his choice of Hueso to succeed Assemblymember Jared Huffman as committee chair on Wednesday. ”Ben Hueso is a rising star for wildlife conservation,” said Michael […]

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Hunters show support for Fish and Game official who shot mountain lion

March 7th, 2012 · Comments Off · State Policy

In another twist to the ongoing controversy involving Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards, the hunting community showed its support for the embattled official — as reported in the Los Angeles Times. Share on Facebook

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Most state newspapers calling for removal of Fish and Game Commission President

March 6th, 2012 · 3 Comments · State Policy

The California Majority Report notes today that nearly every California newspaper is calling for the State Legislature to remove Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards from office. The Report notes that even papers from areas one would think would support him are turning against him. Share on Facebook

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Controversy over Fish and Game president continues

March 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off · State Policy

If you follow conservation news, you’ve no doubt heard of the controversy surrounding California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards’ mountain lion hunt in Idaho. The controversy is that he shot a mountain lion in Idaho — where it’s legal to hunt mountain lion — and had his photo taken posing with the carcass. […]

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Assembly members demand resignation of Fish and Game Commission President

February 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment · State Policy

A majority of California Assembly Members have signed on to a letter demanding the resignation of Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards. Although the letter has no legal weight, it could portend a legislative effort to remove the official. Richards, you may recall, drew harsh criticism when he was photographed posing with with a […]

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Get the lead out of California’s environment

February 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Pollution, State Policy

California birds need your help to reduce a dangerous threat to their survival. Poisoning from lead ammunition left behind in the environment poses a grave danger to rare birds such as the California Condor and the Golden Eagle, as well as to more common birds such as the Mourning Dove and the California Quail. Failure […]

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California wildlife official in hot water over mountain lion hunt

February 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment · State Policy

California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards is getting a lot of flack for a mountain lion hunt he recently did in Idaho. It’s not that the hunt was illegal — it wasn’t — rather it was the perception that he was flouting that he was “thumbing his nose” at the California voters that […]

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Speak up for California State Parks

January 18th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, Important Bird Areas, State Policy

Well, they’re at it again. The latest proposed budget from the Governor’s office continues the state down a path toward shutting down 25 percent of our State Parks. Moreover, he also threatens to eliminate lifeguards and fire more rangers if his revenue initiative fails to pass this November. We’ve had enough of this. Let your […]

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