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Feinstein pulled the plug on secret drought bill

November 20th, 2014 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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San Joaquin water bill (HR 3964) is ‘nothing but a step back’

February 4th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, San Joaquin River

Audubon California today voiced strong opposition to a cynical legislative effort to take advantage of the ongoing drought to derail California water policy and environmental protections. House Resolution 3964, which is being rushed to the floor Wednesday without committee debate, would overturn years of negotiations over Central Valley water policy that have balanced the interests […]

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Speak out to protect eagles

December 7th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Wind power

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Department of Interior just approved a rule allowing a 30-year permit for killing Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles at wind energy developments across the country. We’re all for renewable energy, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Tell the Department of Interior that […]

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Audubon’s Yarnold slams federal decision to put eagles at risk

December 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Wind power

Audubon President David Yarnold this evening came out strong against a Department of Interior rule creating a 30-year permit that will allow for the killing of Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles at wind energy sites: “Instead of balancing the need for conservation and renewable energy, Interior wrote the wind industry a blank check,” said Audubon […]

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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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