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Good News for Bristol Bay, Alaska

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Obama’s gift to Bristol Bay: “no oil and gas development” offshore, protecting the world’s biggest wild sockeye salmon run! Those salmon in turn help support the millions of seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds that rely on the region for migration staging, breeding, and overwintering. Share on Facebook

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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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Wisdom returns

December 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, seabirds

The oldest known wild bird, a female Laysan Albatross named Wisdom, has returned to her nesting ground on Midway Island. According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials, the 63-year-old bird has reconnected with her mate and appears to be preparing a nest. She has already raised between 30 and 35 chicks in her lifetime, including […]

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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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Op-ed: Drought is killing birds in the Klamath

December 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

Audubon California’s Brigid McCormack writes this week in the Eureka Times-Standard about how the drought is harming birds in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important places for birds in North America: Even though it is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the continental Unites States, the Lower Klamath National […]

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Peregine Falcon scatters ducks at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

December 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding

Pretty cool video of Pintail Ducks reacting to a Peregrine Falcon. Share on Facebook

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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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BLM rejects controversial solar project in Mojave Desert

November 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management this week rejected an application for a controversial solar project in the Mojave Desert’s Silurian Valley. Conservation groups, including Audubon California, had raised concerns over the project because it was outside established development areas and included pristine habitat areas. In the end, the BLM found these arguments persuasive: Jim […]

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Snow Geese at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

November 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack shot this quick video of Snow Geese at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge last weekend. Enjoy: Share on Facebook

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Forest Service Throwing Good Money After Bad in Tongass in Alaska

November 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

A new report shows the Forest Service’s Tongass National Forest budget isn’t living up the agency’s 2010 promise to transition out of old-growth logging in the nation’s largest national forest. The Tongass, in Southeast Alaska, is part of the largest swath of temperate rainforest remaining in the world. Instead of the promised transition, the Forest […]

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The challenges of saving the Salton Sea

November 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea, Water issues

Great article in the New York Times about the many challenges of saving the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is considered by Audubon to be an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, and a major migratory stopping point for birds along the Pacific Flyway. (photo of American White Pelicans at the Salton Sea by Charles […]

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Cool wintering birds from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

November 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

We just got this update from ornithologist and educator Holly M. Garrod, reporting from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County: This week proved to be very exciting bird-wise. The other day I watched a Merlin fly right through the canyon! (And no, not the wizard). A Merlin is a small falcon-like bird that often […]

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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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