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Cool time lapse video of American Kestrel readying nest, laying first egg

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Video

Check out this cool video of a female American Kestrel preparing her nest and laying her first egg in a box at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. If you want to know what’s happening right now, check out the Ranch’s live video feed. You can still see the egg in the top […]

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Alameda County approves controversial extension for bird-killing wind turbines at Altamont

March 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay, Wind power

Despite opposition from Audubon California and other conservation groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved an extension for a wind company to continue using older generation wind turbines at Altamont Pass that are predicted to kill a number of protected bird species, including Golden Eagles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the […]

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Audubon California testifies before State Water Board about the Salton Sea

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

The California State Water Board held a special workshop on the Salton Sea last week, and Audubon California’s Mike Lynes was there to outline the importance of the Salton Sea for birds, and outline the many environmental challenges the area faces. As water deliveries to the Salton Sea are expected to dramatically fall in the […]

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Army Corps moving forward with plan to kill birds in Oregon, Portland Audubon threatens to sue

March 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway

It took the Army Corps of Engineers all of about two days to reject opposition and move forward with its plan to kill 11,000 cormorants and destroy 26,000 nests on East Sand Island in Oregon. The Audubon Society of Portland has already threatened to sue. We’ll be tracking this story closely in the next few […]

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Groups line up to support 2013 law requiring nonlead ammunition for hunting

March 19th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Nearly 40 groups from conservation, animal protection, environmental justice, and public health today sent a letter opposing a new bill that would reverse legislation passed in 2013 that will require the use of non-lead ammunition for all hunting in California. Audubon California partnered with the Humane Society of the United State and Defenders of Wildlife […]

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Study: California can embrace renewable energy without wrecking natural habitat

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Wind power

California can power itself three to five times over without embracing industrial-scale renewable energy that wrecks natural habitat, according to a new study by Stanford researchers. Researchers made this determination after reviewing the possibility of a built-out system of distributed generation (such as rooftop solar) and larger projects on already disturbed land, such as former […]

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Tricolored Blackbirds in Yolo County

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Tricolored Blackbird

As our spotters are looking for Tricolored Blackbird nesting colonies in the southern part of the Central Valley, one of our staff members captured this mixed flock of blackbirds on a ranch in Yolo County. She estimated that maybe 70 percent of the birds here are Tricolored Blackbirds. Tricolored Blackbirds tend to breed in the […]

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Administration more than doubles size of marine sanctuaries off California coast

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Michael Sutton, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

The White House announced last week that it was more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the California Coast. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary are both vital places for seabirds: “These newly expanded sanctuaries will work in tandem with California’s network of state marine reserves […]

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L.A. Times op-ed: We should save the Salton Sea

March 15th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea, State Policy, Water issues

An editorial in today’s Los Angeles Times makes the case for saving the Salton Sea. In addition to the hazards of releasing dust from the lake’s bottom onto Southern California, the editorial notes the importance of the Salton Sea to wildlife: Besides, as odd as it may seem, the accidental lake has become a main […]

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Orange-crowned Warbler takes center stage at Starr Ranch

March 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Time for another guest post from Holly M. Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. Spring is certainly in the air! With the warming weather and increased bird song that can only mean one thing…it’s spring migration! Be on the lookout, at this time of year birds begin passing through and some […]

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Small fish receive landmark protections off West Coast

March 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Wisdom, the 63+ year old Laysan Albatross, the oldest known living wild bird (left side).  Photo by Greg Joder Earlier this week the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, responsible for managing fish stocks in federal waters (3 to 200 miles) off of California, Oregon and Washington, took a landmark step to protect the forage fish that […]

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Site visit to the Salton Sea

March 10th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, drought, Pacific Flyway, State Policy, Water issues

About a week ago, Audubon California’s staff and board visited the Salton Sea to see California’s largest lake firsthand — to see the birds and learn more about the many conservation challenges facing this vital stop on the Pacific Flyway. We grabbed a little video while we were there. Share on Facebook

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Judge’s ruling compels Klamath refuges to move forward with conservation plans

March 10th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, drought, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway

Federal managers at vital refuges straddling the California/Oregon border must complete conservation plans that better outline the relationship between bird conservation and agriculture, according to a U.S. District Court ruling issued late last week. The Audubon Society of Portland was the lead plaintiff in the case in which they contended that managers at the Lower […]

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Photos of the L.A. River before it was paved over

March 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Bird L.A., Water issues

As you may know, there’s a movement afoot to bring back the Los Angeles River to something akin to its former glory. But a lot of people might not know what that former glory actually looks like. Well, thanks to Curbed L.A. for sharing these cool photos of the river before it was paved over. […]

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After second-largest cormorant breeding site collapses at Salton Sea, Army Corps moves to destroy the first largest

March 7th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

The recent collapse of a major breeding colony for Double-crested Cormorants at the Salton Sea brings into strong relief the horrible decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to kill more than 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants at another colony in Oregon. The Army Corps says it must kill the birds on Oregon’s East Sand Island, […]

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