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Op-ed: Coastal California Gnatcatcher should remain on the Endangered Species List

February 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

In today’s Los Angeles News Group publications across Southern California, Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack attacks the petition to delist the Coastal California Gnatcatcher: It is one thing to argue that a particular species — be it a bird, mammal, fish or amphibian — shouldn’t be listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It […]

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Federal protection sought for Tricolored Blackbird

February 5th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, State Policy, Tricolored Blackbird

In further response to the declining numbers of the Tricolored Blackbird, the Center for Biological Diversity this week formally petitioned the Dept. of Interior to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act. The action comes in response to surveys last year that showed the already struggling population has declined as much as 44 percent […]

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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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National Wildlife Refuges announce fee-free days for 2015

December 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities

Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2015: January 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day February 14-16 – Presidents’ Day Weekend September 26 – National Public Lands Day October 11 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week November 11 – Veterans Day The […]

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Feinstein pulled the plug on secret drought bill

November 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Federal Policy, Water issues

Good news! The terrible drought bill that Senator Feinstein was drafting in secret has been dropped. Thank you to everyone who sent an action alert — she heard you. Share on Facebook

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Forest Service Throwing Good Money After Bad in Tongass in Alaska

November 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

A new report shows the Forest Service’s Tongass National Forest budget isn’t living up the agency’s 2010 promise to transition out of old-growth logging in the nation’s largest national forest. The Tongass, in Southeast Alaska, is part of the largest swath of temperate rainforest remaining in the world. Instead of the promised transition, the Forest […]

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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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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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A chance to have our cake and eat it, too, with desert renewable energy

September 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Federal Policy, Global Warming

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today is in Palm Springs with federal and state officials to announce the completion of a draft blueprint for solar and wind energy development on 22.5 million acres of public and private land in the California desert. The goal of the plan is to identify areas of the desert […]

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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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Attempt to defund water for refuges in House is an attack on California’s migratory birds

June 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

A new effort in the House Appropriations Subcommittee to divert nearly all funding for Central Valley wildlife refuge water to water contractors could have devastating results for migratory birds, according to representatives of Audubon California. The move is being made on the Water and Energy Appropriations bill. Audubon California asserts the move would subvert 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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Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort

April 11th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

California’s birds and wildlife suffered a huge setback today. The California Coastal Commission approved the development of a large hotel and condominium complex sited on beach and dune habitat on Monterey Bay in Sand City. The developer calls this 360-unit complex, with parking for almost 1,000 cars, the “Monterey Shores Eco-resort.” The pacific coast population […]

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Expected water allocations to refuges are lowest since 1992

February 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon at Home, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Today brought bad news for many in the Central Valley. While many farmers were already on notice that water allocations from the federal Central Valley Water Project would be very low due to the drought, many learned today that they should expect to receive no water at all due to the drought. Birds also got […]

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Birds should not be left out of policy discussions around California’s drought

February 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Brigid McCormack, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Even before Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency, the drought was already on everyone’s mind. Farmers, water districts, conservationists, even skiers, knew that record low precipitation had left us in bad shape. Ducks and geese knew it too. But then, they know drought well, because for a bird in California’s Central Valley, the drought is always. […]

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