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Administration more than doubles size of marine sanctuaries off California coast

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Michael Sutton, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

The White House announced last week that it was more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the California Coast. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary are both vital places for seabirds: “These newly expanded sanctuaries will work in tandem with California’s network of state marine reserves […]

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Small fish receive landmark protections off West Coast

March 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Wisdom, the 63+ year old Laysan Albatross, the oldest known living wild bird (left side).  Photo by Greg Joder Earlier this week the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, responsible for managing fish stocks in federal waters (3 to 200 miles) off of California, Oregon and Washington, took a landmark step to protect the forage fish that […]

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Judge’s ruling compels Klamath refuges to move forward with conservation plans

March 10th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, drought, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway

Federal managers at vital refuges straddling the California/Oregon border must complete conservation plans that better outline the relationship between bird conservation and agriculture, according to a U.S. District Court ruling issued late last week. The Audubon Society of Portland was the lead plaintiff in the case in which they contended that managers at the Lower […]

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After second-largest cormorant breeding site collapses at Salton Sea, Army Corps moves to destroy the first largest

March 7th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

The recent collapse of a major breeding colony for Double-crested Cormorants at the Salton Sea brings into strong relief the horrible decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to kill more than 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants at another colony in Oregon. The Army Corps says it must kill the birds on Oregon’s East Sand Island, […]

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

February 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off · 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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