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Alameda County approves controversial extension for bird-killing wind turbines at Altamont

March 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay, Wind power

Despite opposition from Audubon California and other conservation groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved an extension for a wind company to continue using older generation wind turbines at Altamont Pass that are predicted to kill a number of protected bird species, including Golden Eagles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the […]

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Audubon joins Sen. Leno on legislation to protect marine wildlife affected by mysterious spills

March 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, How to help birds, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, State Policy, Water issues

Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Baykeeper, and Audubon California today announced legislation that would protect wildlife in the event of a marine spill involving a non-petroleum based substance. The legislation was inspired by the recent discovery of a mysterious sticky gray substance, dubbed in press reports as “mystery goo,” in the San Francisco Bay that […]

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While the mystery continues, mystery goo birds get a new lease on life

March 1st, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Great to hear that some of the birds effected by the mysterious goo in San Francisco Bay are all cleaned up and being set free. Huge thanks to International Bird Rescue for that. Now let’s figure out who dumped that goo and bring them to justice. Share on Facebook

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Legislature needs to protect birds from non-oil spills, as well

January 29th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Jordan Wellwood, director of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Tiburon, writes in today’s San Francisco Chronicle that we’re going to see more problems with “mystery goo” spills unless the State Legislature acts to fund state agencies to respond to non-oil spills in the same way that they respond to oil spills: California’s […]

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Meet the birding stars of the 2015 Waterbird Festival

January 28th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

There is still space in a couple of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary Waterbird Festival sessions. Acclaimed birder Peter Pyle, pictured above, will be leading Gull & Waterbird Identification Workshop. Peter works as a biologist for The Institute for Bird Populations. Peter is also a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences in San […]

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We have failed the waterbirds of San Francisco Bay*

January 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment · 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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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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Egging on Sea Duck Recovery: Scientists testing new method for boosting waterbird populations in Richardson Bay

November 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · 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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Celebrate World Oceans Day

June 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Guest post by Jordan Wellwood, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary The first time I remember seeing a Surf Scoter it was living up to its name. I couldn’t tell if it was playing or feeding, but it was in the surf on the north shore of Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore, and […]

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Bay area kids turn out in force to support ocean conservation and birds

May 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

More than 800 students from San Francisco and Marin County schools came to the rescue of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach this morning. They had already learned about the ocean, watersheds, how important it is to keep them clean and healthy (no matter where they live), and their own impact on the marine environment. This morning, […]

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Killing of Bay Area chicks in nest highlights importance of not trimming trees in spring

May 7th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay

Credit to our friends at the Golden Gate Audubon Society for alerting us to this terrible story out of Oakland. On Saturday, tree trimmers hired by the downtown Post Office to trim trees not only broke down nests with chicks, but actually apparently fed several nests with chicks into a wood chipper. The birds in […]

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Spring birds in San Francisco

April 30th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Brigid McCormack, S.F. Bay, spring migration

Audubon California Executive Director has an audio piece on the San Francisco NPR affiliate KQED about spring birds in the city. It starts with an anecdote about seeing a Townsend’s Warbler at her local BART station. Check it out. (photo of a Townsend’s Warbler by Marcel Holyoak) Share on Facebook

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Spring migration in the city

April 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Brigid McCormack, S.F. Bay, spring migration

The sudden flash of yellow in the tree outside the Daly City BART station stopped me in my tracks. I’d been hustling from the parking lot to catch my 8:30 train — who knows what going through my head: a meeting, a lunch, a conference call, another meeting. But all that was erased completely by […]

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San Francisco Chronicle covers the herring run and our efforts to protect it

January 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Resources, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

The Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite writes about our Seabird Program’s efforts to protect forage fish. Also check out the gorgeous photos taken by the Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Michael Macor. Read the article here.   Share on Facebook

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Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary waterbird surveys

January 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

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