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Spread of Santa Barbara oil spill raises concerns about Western Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point

May 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Pollution, Western Snowy Plover

Crude oil from a ruptured pipeline at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara has moved south to Coal Oil Point Reserve, where threatened Western Snowy Plovers are in the middle of their nesting season. The Santa Barbara Audubon Society, which has been working closely with the reserve on protecting the birds, is standing by to […]

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Audubon California calls for full investigation into Santa Barbara oil spill

May 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pollution, State Policy

Representatives of Audubon California today called on state agencies to fully investigate the cause of the oil spill that has blackened Santa Barbara beaches and is killing an unknown number of birds and other wildlife. Also at issue is the fact that officials reportedly alerted to the spill by a private citizen walking the beach […]

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Brigid McCormack on Santa Barbara oil spill

May 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Pollution

The following is a statement from Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack regarding yesterday’s oil spill at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara: “Anytime you have oil spilled into the marine ecosystem it’s a major threat for birds and other wildlife. As we learned in the Gulf Spill, and in the 1969 spill not far […]

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Oil spill in Santa Barbara

May 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pollution

About 21,000 gallons of oil have been spilled into the ocean near Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara. Share on Facebook

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Endangered Tricolored Blackbirds foraging in the Central Valley

May 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Tricolored Blackbird

Audubon California’s Samantha Arthur spotted some endangered Tricolored Blackbirds foraging in the Central Valley late last week. Share on Facebook

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The dying sea

May 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea

In case you missed it, the New Yorker recently offered a stunning primer on the environmental issues surrounding the Salton Sea. Heavy stuff. Share on Facebook

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How can we enjoy birds and nature if it’s unhealthy to breathe the air outside?

May 7th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Pollution

The release last week of new data from the American Lung Association about the dangers of air pollution in California puts more urgency into current legislative efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The reality is that while air pollution in the form of greenhouse gas emissions is the leading cause of global warming, air pollution is also […]

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Assembly Bill 498 will help California preserve its most important habitat areas

May 5th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

Because global warming will present new challenges for many of California’s most prized landscapes. Audubon California is co-sponsoring Assembly Bill 498, which seeks to protect wildlife corridors. The bill, authored by Assembly Member Marc Levine, will make it state policy to protect these vital linkages between valuable habitat areas, which is essential for the health […]

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Sandy DeSimone talks about coastal sage scrub

April 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Conservation research, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary Director of Research and Education, Sandy DeSimone, spends a lot of her time studying the best ways to manage land to help coastal sage scrub and the wildlife that relies on it, flourish. Here she talks about how she became interested in the plant community. Share on Facebook

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Plant’s consultants say Ivanpah solar facility likely killed 3,500 birds in its first year

April 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

A new study by consultants hired by the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert estimate that the plant killed somewhere between 2,500 and 6,700 birds in its first year. Their best guess is the actual number is around 3,500. The facility got a lot of attention from bird conservationists when observers reported seeing birds […]

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Feds deny protections for Bi-state Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

April 21st, 2015 · 2 Comments · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

Thank you to those of you who added your voice to the fight for Endangered Species Act protections for the for Bi-state Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse. Sadly, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decided today to remove protections from this species. While we applaud the Department of the Interior for stepping up to help […]

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Effort to repeal landmark 2013 lead ammunition law quietly fizzles

April 18th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Lead ammunition, Pollution

We got word yesterday that a legislative effort to repeal 2013′s landmark law that will require nonlead ammunition in hunting by 2019 has been quietly withdrawn. Assembly Bill 395 would have repealed Assembly Bill 711, which was co-sponsored by Audubon California, Humane Society of the United States and Defenders of Wildlife. The bill was scheduled […]

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Working with duck clubs to provide wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds

April 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Audubon California and The Nature Conservancy are working with duck clubs in the Central Valley to provide wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds whose normal habitat has been hit hard by the drought. Check out the news piece above. Share on Facebook

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Sepulveda Basin habitat still struggling from Army Corps mess in 2012

April 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Bird L.A.

Remember that time in 2012 when the Army Corps of Engineers went in and wrecked a huge amount of bird habitat at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve? According to folks on the scene, including the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, that area has yet to recover. Share on Facebook

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Saving egrets at the Googleplex

April 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

Terrific story about how Google is working with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society to protect nesting egrets on the Googleplex campus in Mountain View. Share on Facebook

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