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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 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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Former Parks Service Superintendent warns about Joshua Tree solar project

September 15th, 2014 · Comments Off · 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 Grebes and global warming

September 15th, 2014 · 1 Comment · 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 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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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