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Altacal Audubon’s neighborhood habitat program gives birds threatened by global warming a chance

January 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

When the Altacal Audubon Society decided to launch its Neighborhood Habitat Certification Program in 2014, the National Audubon Society was still months away from releasing its groundbreaking study predicting the effects of global warming on birds. Altacal’s goal had always been to create habitat for birds and conserve water, and that was certainly important enough. […]

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We have failed the waterbirds of San Francisco Bay*

January 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

I was horrified to learn last week that waterbirds were showing up dead or dying in San Francisco Bay contaminated by a mysterious sticky substance. And this problem persists even now. At the time, I was even more horrified when I discovered that most of these birds are being found in an area that we’ve […]

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Brigid McCormack talks about Tricolored Blackbirds

January 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack was at the Sacramento Zoo this morning to talk about the new grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that will fund a new partnership between the agency, Audubon California and dairy farmers. Here’s a clip: Share on Facebook

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Researchers warn of mass extinction in our oceans

January 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, seabirds

A new report published in the journal Science warns that we may be on the precipice of a mass extinctions of ocean life, including marine birds. The report does come with a measure of hope, however. But there is still time to avert catastrophe, Dr. McCauley and his colleagues also found. Compared with the continents, […]

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Federal support means more help for Tricolored Blackbirds

January 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Audubon California today received a major federal grant to help grow the population of the Tricolored Blackbird, one of California’s most imperiled species. The funding from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will support a partnership with Farm Bureau, Western United Dairymen, DairyCares, and Sustainable Conservation to work with farmers to protect birds that breed […]

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First big herring run in San Francisco Bay creates feeding (and birding) frenzy

January 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

This past week marked the first big Pacific herring run of the year in San Francisco Bay. Herring is serious business for many of the birds we love, providing a rich, nourishing winter smorgasbord for hungry waterbirds on the Pacific Flyway. With climate change causing big changes in the availability of prey for waterbirds and […]

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U.S. Interior addressing threats to Sage Grouse habitat

January 6th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Working lands conservation

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel announced today that the Department of the Interior will be creating a task force to create a science-based solution to the fires destroying vital sagebrush and rangelands that comprise the Sage Grouse habitat, including areas of California. Fires have had a devastating impact on these sensitive ecosystems. As recently […]

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Snow at Starr Ranch

December 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary got a rare dusting of snow last night. (photo by Sandy DeSimone) Share on Facebook

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National Wildlife Refuges announce fee-free days for 2015

December 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities

Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2015: January 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day February 14-16 – Presidents’ Day Weekend September 26 – National Public Lands Day October 11 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week November 11 – Veterans Day The […]

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Recent rains bring a creek to life at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch

December 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon California Bobcat Ranch, Bird Habitat

The video below shows a lively creek at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch during one of the recent heavy rains. The past two winters, the sanctuary’s dry creek beds have absorbed what little precipitation they’ve received. Creek beds need to be saturated before they will flow. This December’s rains soaked the soils and sent waters running […]

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Tejon Christmas Bird Count in its sixth year

December 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Conservation research, Tejon Ranch

On December 15, Tejon Ranch Conservancy organized the sixth annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Tejon Ranch. I, along with several of my Audubon colleagues and chapter volunteers, have had the pleasure of participating in this newly established count. I have done many counts on both the East and West coasts and tend to favor […]

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Good News for Bristol Bay, Alaska

December 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Obama’s gift to Bristol Bay: “no oil and gas development” offshore, protecting the world’s biggest wild sockeye salmon run! Those salmon in turn help support the millions of seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds that rely on the region for migration staging, breeding, and overwintering. Share on Facebook

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A day at Ivanpah

December 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change

I was as shocked as everybody else when news got out this summer about the number of birds being killed at the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System in the Mojave Desert. All of us at Audubon California were alarmed at reports of “streamers,” birds literally set afire in midair from the intense heat generated by […]

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Wisdom returns

December 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, seabirds

The oldest known wild bird, a female Laysan Albatross named Wisdom, has returned to her nesting ground on Midway Island. According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials, the 63-year-old bird has reconnected with her mate and appears to be preparing a nest. She has already raised between 30 and 35 chicks in her lifetime, including […]

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CA Fish and Game Commission votes in favor of emergency listing for Tricolored Blackbird

December 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Landowner Stewardship, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Responding to an alarming drop in the rare bird’s numbers, the California Fish and Game Commission today approved an emergency listing of the Tricolored Blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act. Representatives of Audubon California say they support the action by the Commission, which comes on the heels of a statewide survey completed this summer […]

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