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Birds suffer from air pollution, just like we do

July 23rd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, Pollution, State Policy

We’ve all heard about how air pollution can threaten human health, but how does it impact birds? Over the years, there have been clues. Following Britain’s Clean Air Act of 1956, it was reported that several species of birds returned to London. In 1986, Mexico City’s air pollution levels were so severe that various news […]

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If we’re cutting back on oil use, then offshore drilling should be the first to go

June 24th, 2015 · 10 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming, Pollution

With the images of dead and injured birds from the recent oil spill at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara fresh in our minds, Audubon California is stepping up its support of new legislation which will close the last remaining loopholes allowing offshore oil drilling in California waters. Senate Bill 788, authored by State Senator […]

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Key state committee OKs climate adaptation bill

June 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Climate Change, Global Warming

Legislation that would require a coordinated response from state agencies to the changes brought about by global warming passed a key committee in the State Senate. Assembly Bill 1482, which will require the Natural Resources Agency and the Strategic Growth Council to oversee and coordinate state agency and department actions to adapt to climate change […]

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Climate Change Resilience: Protecting bird habitat and promoting public health

June 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Uncategorized, Yellow-billed Magpie

Last Friday I provided testimony on behalf of Audubon California at an Informational Hearing on “Bay Area Regional Adaptation Efforts to Climate Change Impacts” at the Oakland City Council. Senator Bob Wieckowski, the Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, convened experts from academia, government agencies, and nonprofits to discuss climate change impacts and adaptation […]

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It’s easy to ask your State Senator to vote for climate change bills

June 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Global Warming

Audubon California is supporting a slate of climate change-related bills going before the California State Senate tomorrow. We’re asking people to email their senators, but nothing is more effective than phone calls. In the video below, we demonstrate just how easy it is to call your senator to ask him or her to vote for […]

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California still leading the way on climate

May 19th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Global Warming

California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces, collectively representing more than $4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius – the warming threshold at which scientists say there will likely be […]

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How can we enjoy birds and nature if it’s unhealthy to breathe the air outside?

May 7th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Pollution

The release last week of new data from the American Lung Association about the dangers of air pollution in California puts more urgency into current legislative efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The reality is that while air pollution in the form of greenhouse gas emissions is the leading cause of global warming, air pollution is also […]

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Assembly Bill 498 will help California preserve its most important habitat areas

May 5th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

Because global warming will present new challenges for many of California’s most prized landscapes. Audubon California is co-sponsoring Assembly Bill 498, which seeks to protect wildlife corridors. The bill, authored by Assembly Member Marc Levine, will make it state policy to protect these vital linkages between valuable habitat areas, which is essential for the health […]

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Sandy DeSimone talks about coastal sage scrub

April 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Conservation research, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary Director of Research and Education, Sandy DeSimone, spends a lot of her time studying the best ways to manage land to help coastal sage scrub and the wildlife that relies on it, flourish. Here she talks about how she became interested in the plant community. Share on Facebook

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Audubon chapters in California piloting new climate research project

April 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming

Susan Sheakley remembers that, years ago, she would see American Kestrels throughout her birding walks through Orange County; now she sees very few. Five hundred miles to the north, Nancy Wenninger is seeing changes in her native garden that are curious. “Some plants are blooming earlier, some are blooming more,” Wenninger says. “The timing of the […]

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What is up, Jonathan Franzen?

April 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society

Just got through reading author and birder Jonathan Franzen’s essay in the New Yorker about climate change and conservation. We were hardly a hundred words into the article — thinking “Hey, how cool is it that this super-famous guy is talking about bird conservation in the New Yorker!” — when we suddenly found Audubon taking […]

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What the drought looks like at Half Dome

March 28th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Climate Change, drought, Global Warming, Water issues

Photo courtesy Yosemite National Park. Share on Facebook

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Concerning Apple’s investment in solar energy

February 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

You may have heard the news last week that Apple is investing $850 million in a solar project to power its new headquarters and stores, but you might also have been confused to learn that Audubon California and a bunch of other conservation groups are opposed to the idea. Well, as usual, the reality is […]

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Join us at the Capitol: Audubon California’s March 11th Advocacy Day is fast approaching

February 13th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Global Warming, State Policy

When you are standing out at Consumes River Preserve or Staten Island watching Sandhill Cranes in the foggy wetlands and agricultural fields, it can seem a world away from the white walls of the Capitol Building. However different they may be, these two distant worlds are intimately connected through politics. Those Sandhill Cranes that you […]

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San Diego Audubon Society talks about the impacts of global warming on local birds

January 30th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

Great piece on KPBS concerning the impacts of global warming on San Diego’s local birds, featuring San Diego Audubon Society Executive Director Chris Redfern. Share on Facebook

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