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First wild California Condor chick of 2015

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, California Condor

Thanks to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff at the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, we have this amazing photo of the first California Condor chick of 2015. This shot was taken by Joseph Brandt who rappelled down a cliff to visit the condor family’s cave. More on the Condor Cave Facebook […]

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Birding with Sally Jewell

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Federal Policy

Everybody likes birding. Spectacular Oregon morning with Gov Brown, Dep Under Secretary Mills at a sage grouse lek.SJ #conservation pic.twitter.com/Kk4LXMf713 — Sally Jewell (@SecretaryJewell) March 28, 2015 Share on Facebook

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Cool time lapse video of American Kestrel readying nest, laying first egg

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Video

Check out this cool video of a female American Kestrel preparing her nest and laying her first egg in a box at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. If you want to know what’s happening right now, check out the Ranch’s live video feed. You can still see the egg in the top […]

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Tricolored Blackbirds in Yolo County

March 18th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Tricolored Blackbird

As our spotters are looking for Tricolored Blackbird nesting colonies in the southern part of the Central Valley, one of our staff members captured this mixed flock of blackbirds on a ranch in Yolo County. She estimated that maybe 70 percent of the birds here are Tricolored Blackbirds. Tricolored Blackbirds tend to breed in the […]

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Island Scrub Jay is evolving in a weird way

March 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird videos, Birding, Conservation research

Cool story out of Wired Magazine talks about how the California endemic Island Scrub Jay is evolving in a very strange way. The birds, which live exclusively on Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California Coast, seem to be developing into two very distinct types of birds, despite being in close proximity. Share on Facebook

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Orange-crowned Warbler takes center stage at Starr Ranch

March 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Time for another guest post from Holly M. Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. Spring is certainly in the air! With the warming weather and increased bird song that can only mean one thing…it’s spring migration! Be on the lookout, at this time of year birds begin passing through and some […]

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Lots of great birds at the Audubon Starr Ranch

March 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Guest post from Holly Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. It’s starting to feel like spring here at Starr Ranch! More birds have started singing, like Orange-crowned Warblers, Oak Titmice, Song Sparrow to name a few. I even got to see a Black Phoebe territorial display where two Black Phoebes […]

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Capital Public Radio looks at the crows of downtown Sacramento

February 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding

Pauline Bartolone of Capital Public Radio digs into the story behind the large flocks of crows in downtown Sacramento, interviewing everyone from the local homeless to expert ornithologists to get a broad picture of this fascinating group of corvids: Thousands of crows roost on tree tops along 10th street in downtown Sacramento. Over the years, they’ve been […]

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Raven at Levi’s Stadium

February 20th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird videos, Birding

Lots of people are raving about this cool video captured by a webcam capturing the transformation of Levi’s Stadium to an outdoor hockey rink. We like anything with a Raven in it, but there’s something about this video that isn’t quite right. Why is the stadium construction in time-lapse, but the Raven isn’t? Anyway, we’re […]

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Owens Lake Bird Festival, April 24 – 25

February 20th, 2015 · Comments Off · Birding, Owens Lake

Each year in spring and fall Owens Lake, at the terminus of the Owens River near Lone Pine, CA, supports hundreds of thousands of shorebirds during their annual migrations between continents. Dried by drastic diversions to bring water to the people of Los Angeles, today dust mitigation and restoration efforts have returned water, creating habitat […]

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An evening of fishing off the Santa Barbara Pier

February 14th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding

photo by Eric Wat. Share on Facebook

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Now you know how to draw an owl

February 14th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, birds and culture

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California Towhee stars in this report from the Audubon Starr Ranch

February 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Just got this very cool update from Holly M. Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County: It feels like this week has been extra birdy! And with the creek flowing, there have been some rather interesting bird sightings. The other day walking up the road I was surprised when two Mallards […]

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Officials ask residents to empty bird baths, take down feeders

February 4th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

State wildlife officials are now asking residents to empty bird baths and not feed wild birds to help stop the spread of a parasite that is harming native Band-tailed Pigeons. Share on Facebook

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Female American Kestrel checks out our nest box at Starr Ranch

February 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

By now, you have probably heard about the Barn Owl cam at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary. What you may not know is that for the last few years, American Kestrels have made nests in the same eucalyptus tree being used by the Barn Owls. Their nest has been about 25 feet higher. Unfortunately, we […]

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