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Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort

April 11th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

California’s birds and wildlife suffered a huge setback today. The California Coastal Commission approved the development of a large hotel and condominium complex sited on beach and dune habitat on Monterey Bay in Sand City. The developer calls this 360-unit complex, with parking for almost 1,000 cars, the “Monterey Shores Eco-resort.” The pacific coast population […]

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Update on Tricolored Blackbird colony in distress

April 4th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Bird conservation, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

To clarify, we did succeed in raising $40,000 (woohoo!) but we still don’t know how much it will ultimately cost to save this colony. We are also making agreements with other farmers who have colonies. All funds raised will go to Tricolored Blackbird conservation. We hope to know more soon. Thank you again for your […]

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New limits on California rodenticide use are a big win for birds and other wildlife

March 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, State Policy

In a huge victory for birds and other wildlife, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation took action to limit the use of a certain kind of rodent poison that has been known to also harm a wide variety of non-targeted birds and other wildlife. The rodenticides in question, known as anticoagulant rodenticides, build up in […]

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Dry spring imperils rare Tricolored Blackbirds

March 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues

Great piece this weekend by Mark Grossi of the Fresno Bee about how the drought is making things particularly tough for the state’s Tricolored Blackbird population. If you’ve been following Audubon California for any length of time, you know that we are heavily invested in saving the Tricolored Blackbird. We’ll have more on this story […]

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Be a good beach goer this nesting season

March 11th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird videos, Endangered Species Act, Western Snowy Plover

The Snowy Plover is one cute beach chick. Unfortunately, the Western Snowy Plover’s population numbers are anything but adorable. There are only about 2,300 birds remaining on our Pacific Coast and we need to make sure that they have a safe nesting season. There are many things you can do to help. Allowing these small […]

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On this day in 1993, the Western Snowy Plover received federal protection under the ESA

March 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, National Audubon Society, Western Snowy Plover

On this day in 1993, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service listed the Pacific Coast population of the Western Snowy Plover as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As anyone who works in conservation knows, listing a species is not easy. Just as the ongoing conservation of this terrific shorebird is a group effort across […]

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Students making a difference for the Western Snowy Plover with their art

March 4th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Western Snowy Plover

One of the coolest aspects of on-the-ground Western Snowy Plover conservation in California is the terrific way that it integrates local communities into the effort. We’ve spoken elsewhere about the incredible value of local volunteers and Audubon chapters in monitoring the nests on beaches, conducting outreach, and taking part in local political advocacy. But perhaps […]

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Ten things you need to know about Western Snowy Plover

February 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Western Snowy Plover

Audubon California and Audubon chapters are heavily invested in saving the Pacific Coast population of the Western Snowy Plover. Here are ten things about this cool bird that you should know: Share on Facebook

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How the drought is affecting birds

February 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues

Severe drought conditions in California are having a big effect on just about everyone, including the birds. Even though we’ve finally received some rain in the last couple of weeks, we’re still a long way from where we need to be – nobody is celebrating the end of the drought. We’ve been speaking with our […]

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Campbell Soup works with Audubon to bring more birds to the farm

February 13th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, How to help birds, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

Guest post by Valerie Calegari, Director of Working Waterways, Audubon California Students from Woodland High, their mentors from the Fish and Wildlife Service, NRCS, and local conservation groups passed around a plug of creeping wild rye, a native grass they are planting, along with wild rose, buckbrush, 3 species of native oak, red bud, and […]

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Birds should not be left out of policy discussions around California’s drought

February 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Brigid McCormack, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Even before Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency, the drought was already on everyone’s mind. Farmers, water districts, conservationists, even skiers, knew that record low precipitation had left us in bad shape. Ducks and geese knew it too. But then, they know drought well, because for a bird in California’s Central Valley, the drought is always. […]

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San Joaquin water bill (HR 3964) is ‘nothing but a step back’

February 4th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, San Joaquin River

Audubon California today voiced strong opposition to a cynical legislative effort to take advantage of the ongoing drought to derail California water policy and environmental protections. House Resolution 3964, which is being rushed to the floor Wednesday without committee debate, would overturn years of negotiations over Central Valley water policy that have balanced the interests […]

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Great win for bird advocates in Petaluma

January 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, spring migration

Great news today that Caltrans will pull the nets off its construction project on 101 near Petaluma, and try to control nesting swallows in a safer manner. Bird advocates have complained that the nets are killing the migrating birds. Share on Facebook

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Lewis and Clark knew birds matter

January 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Bird conservation, Birding

TAKE ACTION: Please tell the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Greater Sage-Grouse along the California-Nevada border as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Share on Facebook

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The sad story of the Passenger Pigeon

January 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation

The New Yorker discusses the sad tale of the Passenger Pigeon, which at one point was the most numerous bird in North American, before it went extinct just a few decades later. In the bird conservation world, we often focus on the most endangered, rare birds. But the story of the Passenger Pigeon reminds us […]

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