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

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments · 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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Legislature needs to protect birds from non-oil spills, as well

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Jordan Wellwood, director of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Tiburon, writes in today’s San Francisco Chronicle that we’re going to see more problems with “mystery goo” spills unless the State Legislature acts to fund state agencies to respond to non-oil spills in the same way that they respond to oil spills: California’s […]

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New scientific paper undercuts research behind Coastal California Gnatcatcher delisting effort

January 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

A new paper in the latest edition of the scientific journal of the American Ornithologist Union questions the validity of research behind the latest effort to remove the Coastal California Gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species List. Based on research that argues that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is not a valid subspecies, a group of Southern […]

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Help defend the Coastal California Gnatcatcher

January 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

The latest attempt by some Southern California developers to have the Coastal California Gnatcatcher removed from protections under the Endangered Species Act is pretty outrageous – they claim the bird doesn’t even exist! The delisting petition sponsored by these developers relies on a single recent study claiming that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is not a […]

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Brigid McCormack talks about Tricolored Blackbirds

January 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack was at the Sacramento Zoo this morning to talk about the new grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that will fund a new partnership between the agency, Audubon California and dairy farmers. Here’s a clip: Share on Facebook

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Federal support means more help for Tricolored Blackbirds

January 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Audubon California today received a major federal grant to help grow the population of the Tricolored Blackbird, one of California’s most imperiled species. The funding from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will support a partnership with Farm Bureau, Western United Dairymen, DairyCares, and Sustainable Conservation to work with farmers to protect birds that breed […]

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Mass die-offs of birds and fish are on the rise, say researchers

January 13th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Conservation research

Mass die-offs for birds, fish and marine invertebrates have been steadily increasing for the past 70 years, according to a new study published Monday. The study, published Monday, Jan. 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was led by researchers at UC Berkeley, the University of San Diego and Yale University. Overall, disease was […]

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Feds open discussion on potential delisting of the Coastal California Gnatcatcher

January 12th, 2015 · 5 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Endangered Species Act

Responding a petition submitted this summer from California builders associations, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has opened the process for discussing removing Endangered Species Act protections for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher. Audubon California has joined several other conservation organizations and researchers in denouncing the effort. “The fact that the California Gnatcatcher is a distinct […]

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California Condor pair introduce new chick to the surprise of many

January 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Because their species hovers precariously on the edge of extinction, California Condors are watched carefully by wildlife researchers to make sure everything is OK. So it came as a pretty big surprise this week when those same researchers discovered that there was a 9-month-old condor chick out there. Apparently, a pair of condors in a […]

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California’s emissions goals are for the birds

January 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society, Pollution

California Gov. Jerry Brown stunned many political observers when, during his unprecedented fourth inaugural speech Jan. 5, called for the Golden State to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by as much as 50 percent in the next 15 years. Many applauded. Others heaped criticism. But I’ll tell you one group that was fully in […]

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Seabird die-off in northwest continues to baffle researchers

January 7th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, seabirds

The Los Angeles Times weighs in on the mysterious die-off of Cassin’s Auklets in the Pacific Northwest that has baffled researchers, and cause a great deal of concern for conservationists. Audubon California has long said that seabirds are among our most imperiled species. The root cause is almost always related to the food chain, and […]

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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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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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