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Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort

April 11th, 2014 · 3 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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Shell Oil continuing to face problems with Arctic drilling plans

August 1st, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Pollution

Audubon is on the record with our opinion that drilling offshore in the Arctic is too big a risk to birds and other wildlife. And the realities of drilling in the Arctic continue to demonstrate that Shell isn’t ready to take this on. For example, this article in today’s Los Angeles Times about how Shell […]

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Fresno Audubon President: ‘I’m for the River. Are you?’

June 12th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Federal Policy, Water issues

As a child growing up in the Central Valley, I was lucky to have a love of nature instilled in me at an early age. For me, rivers were at the center of my world. Not only were they places to see and learn about birds and other wildlife, but they were where friends and […]

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Thanks to you, birds in the Klamath getting much needed water

May 14th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Back in late April, we alerted all of you to a tragedy unfolding in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Because of a shortage of water in the Refuge, thousands of migratory waterfowl were perishing on their way north for spring migration. Our alarm prompted nearly 20,000 of you to send emails to the Secretary […]

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Red-ring around the rosie

May 9th, 2012 · Comments Off · Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, seabirds, spring migration

The Red-necked Phalarope are now in California marshland. The birds, like their name indicates, have a chestnut red ring around their throats. This bird species exhibits reverse sex characteristics. The females are both brighter and larger than males. They also pursue the male to mate and after hatching migrate south leaving their mate to incubate the […]

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Can birds be harassed?

April 30th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Bird conservation, Federal Policy, Pacific Migration, spring migration

A lawsuit filed in Iowa City, Iowa is bringing into question the constutionality of the Airborne Hunting Act. The Airborne Hunting Act prohibits and provides a penalty to any person who “while airborne in an aircraft shoots or attempts to shoot for the purpose of capturing or killing any bird, fish, or other animal; or uses an aircraft […]

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Audubon California’s Jeff Chapman goes to the White House

April 25th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Federal Policy, Nature education and activities

s Last week, I along, with six other Audubon Center Directors, had the honor of attending the first ever White House Summit on Environmental Education (EE).   Throughout the day, we had an opportunity to learn about various movements within the EE field and share our ideas about the future of EE in the country.  While, […]

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Help us stop the disaster for birds in the Klamath

April 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

For the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about a growing disaster for birds at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, where dwindling water supplies have left thousands, if not millions, of migrating waterfowl at risk for disease and starvation. So far, more than 20,000 birds have died, and the number is growing. We’ve been […]

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Massive die-off of migrating birds in the Klamath grows worse

April 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Typically, when we see thousands of dead birds scattered across a natural space, our first thought is an oil spill, something like the recent Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf (the second anniversary of which we recognized this week). But another kind of man-made disaster is taking place in Northern California right now, and it’s […]

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