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Hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits litter Kern County

February 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues

With the California in the grips of a horrible drought, and water quantity and quality so critical in the Central Valley, it’s not great to hear that oil producers have created hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits outside state regulations, threatening both birds and groundwater supplies. Share on Facebook

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Audubon California at the Salton Sea

February 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea

Representatives of Audubon California — staff, leadership, and board — are visiting the Salton Sea today to get a firsthand look at one of the most important places for birds in the state, and to learn about the many challenges this habitat faces. Yesterday, we toured the lake itself and saw a lot of great […]

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Capital Public Radio looks at the crows of downtown Sacramento

February 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding

Pauline Bartolone of Capital Public Radio digs into the story behind the large flocks of crows in downtown Sacramento, interviewing everyone from the local homeless to expert ornithologists to get a broad picture of this fascinating group of corvids: Thousands of crows roost on tree tops along 10th street in downtown Sacramento. Over the years, they’ve been […]

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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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Concerning Apple’s investment in solar energy

February 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

You may have heard the news last week that Apple is investing $850 million in a solar project to power its new headquarters and stores, but you might also have been confused to learn that Audubon California and a bunch of other conservation groups are opposed to the idea. Well, as usual, the reality is […]

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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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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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California Towhee stars in this report from the Audubon Starr Ranch

February 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Just got this very cool update from Holly M. Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County: It feels like this week has been extra birdy! And with the creek flowing, there have been some rather interesting bird sightings. The other day walking up the road I was surprised when two Mallards […]

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Rare coastal sage scrub habitat provides a home for threatened gnatcatcher and many other species

February 5th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

You’re walking on a trail in Southern California in early May – perhaps Palos Verdes or La Jolla or San Bernardino – and suddenly you are surrounded by fifty shades of green, brown, and gray. The strong smell of sage and mint reach your nose.  Shrub flowers of every shape and color. “What is this?” […]

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Now is a great time to ask fisheries managers to protect food for California seabirds

February 5th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, seabirds

You’ve probably heard about the alarming mass die-off of Cassin’s Auklets on the west coast these past few months. Over 100,000 birds, mostly young of year, have starved to death due to a lack of krill and copepods that is their primary prey. This unusual and worrisome large scale event highlights the need to protect the […]

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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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Female American Kestrel checks out our nest box at Starr Ranch

February 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

By now, you have probably heard about the Barn Owl cam at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary. What you may not know is that for the last few years, American Kestrels have made nests in the same eucalyptus tree being used by the Barn Owls. Their nest has been about 25 feet higher. Unfortunately, we […]

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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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