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Volunteers from Discovery Communications help the L.A. River and the Audubon Center at Debs Park

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird Habitat, Bird L.A.

Discovery Communications recently celebrated its annual “Discover Your Impact Day” with a volunteer event in conjunction with the Friends of the Los Angeles River. After spending the day at the river collecting trash and completing biodiversity surveys, the 80 volunteers got to work building nesting boxes to bring bluebirds and other native species back to their […]

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Steep breeding waterfowl declines highlight major impact of drought on birds and habitat

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, State Policy, Water issues

In yet another sign of the devastating impact of the drought on California waterfowl populations, a new report from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife shows that breeding waterfowl populations in California are down 30 percent from last year. While this decline is being driven by a number of species, breeding mallards show the […]

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Plummeting water level at Mono Lake putting California Gull nests at risk

June 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues

As if we needed more evidence of the drought putting California birds at risk, the Los Angeles Times takes a look at how falling water levels at Mono Lake are putting the massive nesting population of California Gulls at risk. Scary stuff. (photo of California Gull at Mono Lake by S. Rae) Share on Facebook

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If we’re cutting back on oil use, then offshore drilling should be the first to go

June 24th, 2015 · 10 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming, Pollution

With the images of dead and injured birds from the recent oil spill at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara fresh in our minds, Audubon California is stepping up its support of new legislation which will close the last remaining loopholes allowing offshore oil drilling in California waters. Senate Bill 788, authored by State Senator […]

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Audubon chapter joins suit to halt Panoche Valley solar project

June 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

Our friends at the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society have joined with the Sierra Club to file a lawsuit to halt a controversial solar energy project in Panoche Valley. The parties contend that the projects Environmental Impact Report was vastly insufficient. Share on Facebook

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And we are going to save the Snowy Plover

June 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, How to help birds, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

After 25 years of teaching, retiree Renee Racine was looking to combine her love of birds with her passion for education. She found an opportunity to meld both interests through the Sharing Our Shores program at Buena Vista Audubon, teaching children about Snowy Plovers and generating greater visibility and protection for these charismatic little birds. […]

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Drought’s hit on rice farming hurts birds

June 11th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues

We’ve discussed before how rice farming has played an important role for migratory ducks and geese in the absence of good habitat. As water has been diverted from the refuges, these farms have provided essential habitat and food for birds. Today’s Los Angeles Times highlights how the drought has hurt rice farming, and how that […]

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Wintering population of Pacifica Snowy Plovers increasing

June 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, How to help birds, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

A tiny, often overlooked winter visitor to Pacifica State Beach is now enjoying additional protection thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. The Western Snowy Plover is a federally threatened species that relies on Pacifica State Beach (also known as Linda Mar Beach) as a wintering site, usually arriving around mid-August and leaving in March […]

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Climate Change Resilience: Protecting bird habitat and promoting public health

June 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Uncategorized, Yellow-billed Magpie

Last Friday I provided testimony on behalf of Audubon California at an Informational Hearing on “Bay Area Regional Adaptation Efforts to Climate Change Impacts” at the Oakland City Council. Senator Bob Wieckowski, the Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, convened experts from academia, government agencies, and nonprofits to discuss climate change impacts and adaptation […]

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Santa Barbara oil spill highlights need for restricting new offshore oil drilling

May 27th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, seabirds, State Policy

Because oil spills are particularly hazardous to birds and some of their most precious habitat, Audubon California has long been opposed to any new offshore oil drilling in California. We need to look no further than last week’s oil spill at Refugio State Beach, which dumped as much as 105,000 gallons of oil on the […]

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Latest numbers on wildlife harmed by Santa Barbara oil spill

May 27th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Western Snowy Plover

These numbers come via the Oiled Wildlife Care Network: Share on Facebook

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Latest wildlife impacts from the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

May 26th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Western Snowy Plover

Here are the latest numbers from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network from the Santa Barbara Oil Spill. Share on Facebook

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Plovers showing signs of oil at Coal Oil Point Preserve

May 25th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Western Snowy Plover

Apparently, things haven’t improved at Coal Oil Point, where a group of volunteers is trying to protect a breeding colony of Western Snowy Plovers from the oil spill at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara. Apparently, now a number of plovers show evidence of oil. Here’s the latest update from Cristina Sandoval, preserve manager at […]

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First — and hopefully last — oiled Western Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point Preserve

May 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Western Snowy Plover

We’ve heard from Cristina Sandoval at the Coal Oil Point Reserve in Santa Barbara that, while oil from the nearby oil spill at Refugio State Park has been light at the reserve, and even dwindling, there has been at least two Threatened Western Snowy Plovers affected by the oil. In a past post, we expressed […]

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The latest on the Santa Barbara oil spill

May 23rd, 2015 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, State Policy

Here’s the latest information we have on the oil spill, from state officials: In response to the oil spill at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara, state and federal officials have activated something called the Unified Incident Command System which the government organizes to respond to major disasters, such as earthquakes and wildfires. This command […]

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