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Help us avoid a disaster for birds in the Klamath

September 16th, 2014 · No Comments · 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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Former Parks Service Superintendent warns about Joshua Tree solar project

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

Mark Butler, a former National Parks Service superintendent, writes in the Desert Sun that a proposed solar project for the desert near Joshua Tree shouldn’t be allowed. He is particularly concerned that the technology for the project, similar to that at the controversial Ivanpah project in the Mojave Desert, has shown to be dangerous to birds […]

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Western Grebe and global warming

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Climate Change

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Op-ed: Migratory birds, refuges need our help

September 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Water issues

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack co-authors a piece in today’s Sacramento Bee about the need for policy makers to consider the needs of migratory birds during the drought. Here’s a key section: It is time for a change. California needs balanced policy solutions that protect fish, birds, families and farmers alike. Agricultural stakeholders, water […]

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Inaction on Salton Sea will cost region billions

September 3rd, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea, Water issues

Failure to act on the many problems at the Salton Sea will cost the region billions in the coming decades, says a new report from the Pacific Institute. For years, this globally significant important bird area has been challenged by the poor management of its limited water resources: Failure to revitalize the ailing Salton Sea […]

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Botulism outbreak at Tule Lake made worse by drought

August 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

With drought reducing the amount of water available to migratory birds, we saw this coming. Thousands of birds have died of avian botulism at Tule Lake, a situation made worse by dry habitat areas. With so little water going to the areas around the lake, birds are congregating in the lake, which makes it much […]

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Ask an Auduboner: what makes a good beach docent?

August 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Western Snowy Plover

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Forest Service Old-Growth Timber Sale in Tongass

August 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat

The Forest Service announced it will be moving forward with the Big Thorne timber sale, the largest old-growth timber sale on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska in decades. It certainly doesn’t sound like the transition out of old growth the Forest Service has been promising for the last 4 years! Share on Facebook

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California drought is a dress rehearsal for climate change

August 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Climate Change, Water issues

With more than 80 percent of California in extreme drought, things are tough out there for birds (farmers and people). Already we’ve seen studies linking drought to reduced breeding of waterfowl and raptors. The big question that I frequently get asked is: Is this climate change? Share on Facebook

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Fall migration will be a challenge for refuge managers

August 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

We’ve spoken before on the blog about the problems we might face in our Central Valley refuges this fall when a particularly large number of waterfowl will arrive to find habitat brutally degraded by the drought. Interesting article here about California Fish and Wildlife refuge managers doing their best with the few resources they have. […]

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Critical habitat proposed for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo

August 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today advised the public that it is seeking to designate more than 540,000 acres of critical habitat for the western population of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Last year, the Service proposed listing the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, a move that Audubon California […]

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L.A. Times editorial: Now isn’t the time to delist the California Gnatcatcher

August 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

Great editorial in the Los Angeles Times today regarding the recent petition to remove the California Gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species List. Audubon California opposes this delising effort for a variety of reasons. Here’s the best line from the editorial: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should not be changing wildlife policy based on a single […]

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How to ID a California Gnatcatcher

August 11th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Federal Policy, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, State Policy

The California Gnatcatcher is a distinct subspecies and was confirmed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 1993 as endangered. 77,000 is estimated to be its total global population.* It is emblematic of the rich coastal sage scrub of southern California, an enduring remnant of our wild coast that is now one of the […]

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Ashy storm-petrel nesting on Catalina Island

July 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, seabirds

Cool story this week about researchers finding Ashy storm-petrel nests on Catalina Island off southern California. This is a bird that is struggling to survive, so any foothold it gains is huge. (photo by Glen Tepke) Share on Facebook

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Bald Eagles expanding their range on So. Cal. islands

July 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

Great news out of Southern California that a pair of nesting Bald Eagles have been spotted on San Clemente Island, indicating that the great birds are expanding their range among the Channel Islands. It wasn’t long ago that the Bald Eagles struggled to survive on these islands, as poisoning from DDT brought breeding to a […]

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