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Egging on Sea Duck Recovery: Scientists testing new method for boosting waterbird populations in Richardson Bay

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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With global warming, why bother migrating south for the winter?

October 30th, 2014 · Comments Off · 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 effect on birds

October 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · 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 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Water issues

Vote for birds this Election Day. Share on Facebook

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How birds will benefit if Prop. 1 passes

October 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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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