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Audubon chapters, advocates step up to fight delisting of Coastal California Gnatcatcher

February 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

This is a photo of a giant stack of letters we put in the mail last Friday, about 4,700 total from Audubon activists to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service voicing their opposition to the proposed delisting of the Coastal California Gnatcatcher. Pretty impressive, but actually just a small fraction of the comments that Audubon […]

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Op-ed: Coastal California Gnatcatcher should remain on the Endangered Species List

February 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

In today’s Los Angeles News Group publications across Southern California, Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack attacks the petition to delist the Coastal California Gnatcatcher: It is one thing to argue that a particular species — be it a bird, mammal, fish or amphibian — shouldn’t be listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It […]

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The Coastal California Gnatcatcher is a different bird

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

As any reader of this blog should know, Audubon California is actively opposing a petition to remove Endangered Species Act protections from the Coastal California Gnatcatcher. The Southern California developers who filed the delisting petition — so that they can build on the coastal sage scrub habitat that the bird needs to survive — contend […]

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Chemical contaminants suspect in mystery of Alaska chickadee beak deformities

February 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon Alaska, Bird conservation, Pacific Flyway

Chickadees and other birds with beak deformities first started appearing in Anchorage, Alaska in the 1990s. The problem is spreading, with deformities now in Fairbanks, Alaska, south to Puget Sound, and even as far away as Great Britain. New research shows contaminants may be the cause. Share on Facebook

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

February 13th, 2015 · No Comments · 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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Restoring California Least Tern habitat with the San Diego Audubon Society

February 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, How to help birds

I grew up in San Diego and recall seeing images of animals coated in oil after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Ever since that time, I have wanted to work on protecting animals and the environment. I looked for local opportunities to take action on issues that were important to me when I was in […]

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Federal protection sought for Tricolored Blackbird

February 5th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, State Policy, Tricolored Blackbird

In further response to the declining numbers of the Tricolored Blackbird, the Center for Biological Diversity this week formally petitioned the Dept. of Interior to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act. The action comes in response to surveys last year that showed the already struggling population has declined as much as 44 percent […]

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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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State Fish and Wildlife officials warn about new threat to Band-tailed Pigeons

February 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation

State Fish and Wildlife Department officials are warning of a new parasitic threat to Band-tailed Pigeons, California’s only remaining native pigeon, and cousin to the now-extinct Passenger Pigeon. The public is being asked to keep an eye our for sick or dead birds, and to report them to wildlife officials. (photo by Carla Kishinami) Share […]

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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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Legislature needs to protect birds from non-oil spills, as well

January 29th, 2015 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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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