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A day at Ivanpah

December 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change

I was as shocked as everybody else when news got out this summer about the number of birds being killed at the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System in the Mojave Desert. All of us at Audubon California were alarmed at reports of “streamers,” birds literally set afire in midair from the intense heat generated by […]

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CA Fish and Game Commission votes in favor of emergency listing for Tricolored Blackbird

December 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Landowner Stewardship, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Responding to an alarming drop in the rare bird’s numbers, the California Fish and Game Commission today approved an emergency listing of the Tricolored Blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act. Representatives of Audubon California say they support the action by the Commission, which comes on the heels of a statewide survey completed this summer […]

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Fish and Game Commission to consider second emergency listing for Tricolored Blackbird

December 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird

Representatives from Audubon will be in Van Nuys tomorrow to argue before the California Fish and Game Commission in support of an emergency listing of the rare Tricolored Blackbird. Our message will be that this is an appropriate step to arrest the rapid decline of this near endemic species, but that listing alone won’t reverse […]

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Egging on Sea Duck Recovery: Scientists testing new method for boosting waterbird populations in Richardson Bay

November 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

In an effort to find new ways to support the spectacular waterbirds of San Francisco Bay, ecologists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are working with the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary to test out a potentially new way to provide food for declining Surf Scoters, a large sea duck that was once much […]

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USGS: Habitat loss and development will impact birds as much as climate change

November 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming

Fascinating (read: scary) new study from the U.S. Geological Survey. ”Changing landscape patterns such as deforestation and urban growth are likely to have at least as large of an impact on future bird ranges as climate change for many species.” Share on Facebook

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Uncovered toxic ponds at solar plant kill dozens of birds

October 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

The headline pretty much says it all. Share on Facebook

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Vote for birds this Election Day

October 29th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Water issues

Vote for birds this Election Day. Share on Facebook

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How birds will benefit if Prop. 1 passes

October 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

Willow Flycatcher by Kelly Colgan Azar As the Nov. 4 election approaches, Audubon California has been listing the various benefits to California birds that will come about with the measure’s passage. We’ve talked about the birds of the Central Valley, shorebirds and seabirds, the Klamath, and other areas. Now we just want to list all […]

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They need you

October 27th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Important Bird Areas, State Policy, Water issues

The Lower Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge is a breathtakingly beautiful place, the Pacific Flyway’s Serengeti for birds. Its landscape is a complex of sage brush, forests, wetlands, and farms – a landscape that was missing something vital the last time I visited it: water. Because of that, hundreds of birds are dying every day there […]

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You won’t believe how the sound of this forest has changed

October 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research

Bernie Kraus is a bio-accoustician who records and studies natural sounds. Check out this KQED story about how he has recorded the same patch of forest in Northern California over time and found dramatic changes in the sounds he hears. You won’t believe your ears. Share on Facebook

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Prop. 1 will help us keep our promise to Central Valley birds

October 14th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you will have seen us talk about the failed promise of water to the 19 Central Valley refuges identified in the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Put simply, in 1992, Congress recognized that the conversion of the Central Valley into the agricultural engine that […]

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Growing Tricolored Blackbirds in Kern County

October 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Kern River Preserve, State Policy, Tricolored Blackbird

With the turn of a wrench, the first water is let loose. Only a trickle right now, one day it will lure flocks of Tricolored Blackbirds and create a riparian area in an otherwise very dry environment. Building surrogate habitats, that’s what the Audubon network is doing in Kern County. I had the pleasure of […]

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Channel Islands Peregrine Falcons rebound

October 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Peregrine Falcon

Good news from the Channel Islands! According to a Ventura County Sun Star article, researchers counted 48 pairs of nesting Peregrine Falcons. This is the most to nest there in decades. In the 1950s the bird completely vanished from the islands and it has been struggling to make a comeback ever since. From the article: […]

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Kern River Preserve partner named finalist for California Leopold Conservation Award

October 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

One of the finalists announced for this year’s prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award, which honors private landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources, is Hafenfeld Ranch of Kern County. Hafenfeld Ranch is owned by Bruce and Sylvia Hafenfeld and operated with their son and his wife, Eric and Jamie. They manage certified […]

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View the Vaux’s Swifts in downtown Los Angeles

October 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird L.A., Birding

After the Vaux’s Swifts put on a spectacular show in Northern Calfornia, we’re starting to see them turn up at their downtown Los Angeles roost. If you’re in the area, please join us tomorrow night, Oct. 3, to watch these amazing birds come in for the evening. We’ll be watching this amazing happening from two […]

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