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With global warming, why bother migrating south for the winter?

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, fall migration, Global Warming, Pacific Flyway

Interesting article noting that increasing numbers of Pacific Black Brant are choosing not to bother flying south from their breeding grounds in Alaska to warming climates during the winter: Scientists have documented that increasing numbers of black brant are skipping that far southern migration and staying in Alaska instead. Fewer than 3,000 wintered in Alaska […]

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Audubon chapters working to ease the drought’s effects on birds

October 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Audubon California is partnering with chapters to visit “at-risk” refuges to monitor waterfowl and shorebirds. This real-time data is provided to refuge managers to inform land management decisions to benefit birds. This program is the first of its kind. The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership provided program design oversight and identified the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey […]

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Vote for birds this Election Day

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Water issues

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How birds will benefit if Prop. 1 passes

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

Willow Flycatcher by Kelly Colgan Azar As the Nov. 4 election approaches, Audubon California has been listing the various benefits to California birds that will come about with the measure’s passage. We’ve talked about the birds of the Central Valley, shorebirds and seabirds, the Klamath, and other areas. Now we just want to list all […]

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Prop. 1 is a big part of the solution for Central Valley birds

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

A key provision of Proposition 1 could provide tens of millions of dollars for the state’s legal obligations to support 19 Central Valley wildlife refuges that provide critically important wetland habitat for ducks, geese and other migratory birds. Federal law requires California to pay 25 percent of the cost to provide sufficient water to meet the […]

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You won’t believe how the sound of this forest has changed

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research

Bernie Kraus is a bio-accoustician who records and studies natural sounds. Check out this KQED story about how he has recorded the same patch of forest in Northern California over time and found dramatic changes in the sounds he hears. You won’t believe your ears. Share on Facebook

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Audubon Bobcat Ranch slowly making its way back from July 4 fire

October 19th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon California Bobcat Ranch, Bird Habitat, Working lands conservation

Above is a short video report from Cari Koopman Rivers, who manages the Audubon Bobcat Ranch, just outside of Winters. The fire she is talking about is the Monticello Fire that swept over more than half of the ranch’s 6,800 acres on July 4 of this year. Since then, Koopman Rivers has not only been […]

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Another illustration of drought’s impact on birds

October 15th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

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Prop. 1 will help us keep our promise to Central Valley birds

October 14th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you will have seen us talk about the failed promise of water to the 19 Central Valley refuges identified in the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Put simply, in 1992, Congress recognized that the conversion of the Central Valley into the agricultural engine that […]

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Growing Tricolored Blackbirds in Kern County

October 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Kern River Preserve, State Policy, Tricolored Blackbird

With the turn of a wrench, the first water is let loose. Only a trickle right now, one day it will lure flocks of Tricolored Blackbirds and create a riparian area in an otherwise very dry environment. Building surrogate habitats, that’s what the Audubon network is doing in Kern County. I had the pleasure of […]

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Channel Islands Peregrine Falcons rebound

October 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Peregrine Falcon

Good news from the Channel Islands! According to a Ventura County Sun Star article, researchers counted 48 pairs of nesting Peregrine Falcons. This is the most to nest there in decades. In the 1950s the bird completely vanished from the islands and it has been struggling to make a comeback ever since. From the article: […]

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Controversial desert solar project dropped

September 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

The backers of a controversial solar energy plant in the desert near Joshua Tree suddenly pulled their application for the project late last week, surprising Audubon California and other environmental groups that were still gathering their forces to oppose the dangerous technology the developers sought to use. The original permit for the Palen solar project […]

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Most people don’t ever make it here

September 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Volunteer

Lake Almanor is a 4.5  hour drive from San Francisco and a 3 hour drive from Sacramento, to say it is remote is to be kind. This tucked-away lake in Plumas County is one of the four lakes included in Audubon’s Western and Clark’s Grebes conservation program. Plumas Audubon Society has managed and staffed grebe monitoring and […]

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A chance to have our cake and eat it, too, with desert renewable energy

September 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Federal Policy, Global Warming

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today is in Palm Springs with federal and state officials to announce the completion of a draft blueprint for solar and wind energy development on 22.5 million acres of public and private land in the California desert. The goal of the plan is to identify areas of the desert […]

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Help us avoid a disaster for birds in the Klamath

September 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, fall migration, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Lack of water in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge has resulted in dangerous overcrowding at nearby Tule Lake, where thousands of vulnerable birds have already died from disease. What makes this situation even worse is the fact that it is totally avoidable. Our reports tell us that there is water available for the refuges […]

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