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With global warming, why bother migrating south for the winter?

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, fall migration, Global Warming, Pacific Flyway

Interesting article noting that increasing numbers of Pacific Black Brant are choosing not to bother flying south from their breeding grounds in Alaska to warming climates during the winter: Scientists have documented that increasing numbers of black brant are skipping that far southern migration and staying in Alaska instead. Fewer than 3,000 wintered in Alaska […]

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Audubon chapters working to ease the drought’s effects on birds

October 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Audubon California is partnering with chapters to visit “at-risk” refuges to monitor waterfowl and shorebirds. This real-time data is provided to refuge managers to inform land management decisions to benefit birds. This program is the first of its kind. The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership provided program design oversight and identified the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey […]

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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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Sandhill Crane Migration Starting in Alaska!

August 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

Sandhill Cranes are calling in the skies over Alaska as they gather for fall migration. The Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival in Fairbanks at the Creamer’s Field Important Bird Area is coming up 8/22-8/24. This Smithsonian Magazine article gives a great overview of Sandhill Crane migration. Share on Facebook

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Bike and BIrd Day 2014 a Success!

August 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway

A rainy morning gave way to a gorgeous sunny day for the 3rd annual Bike and Bird Day on the Anchorage Coastal IBA in Alaska! See the species total and more photos Audubon Alaska Facebook page. Share on Facebook

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Shorebirds Headed Your Way from Arctic Refuge!

August 1st, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, fall migration, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

Keep an eye out for shorebirds, such as this Semipalmated Plover. Shorebirds that nest in the Arctic Refuge are already starting their journey south! Females tend to depart first, then males, followed by juveniles about 2-4 weeks after the adults. Amazingly, the young birds undertake their first migration without adult supervision. Share on Facebook

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McCormack: Bond needs to include water for birds and habitat

July 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack argues in today’s Capitol Weekly that any water bond approved by the legislature for the November ballot must include resources for birds and habitat: Every serious bond proposal to emerge from negotiations in the legislature accepts California’s responsibility to provide water to these refuges, as well as the need […]

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Huge numbers of Sooty Shearwaters in Monterey Bay

July 9th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway

We’ve been seeing reports all week of huge numbers of Sooty Shearwaters off California. Check out this amazing video from Monterey Bay. Lots of people don’t believe us when we say that the Sooty Shearwater is California’s most numerous bird. This video might change their mind. This video is courtesy the Monterey Bay Whale Watch. […]

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California wind energy project set to receive fed permit allowing eagle deaths

July 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Pacific Flyway

A California wind energy facility will be the first in the United States to operate under a new federal permit allowing it to avoid penalties and prosecution in the event of accidental deaths of Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced last week. The 3,500-acre Shiloh IV Wind Project near […]

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Army Corps wants to kill 16,000 cormorants in Oregon

July 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway

The Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward with a plan to kill 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants next spring near the mouth of the Columbia River in an effort to protect juvenile salmon and steelhead populations. The action is planned for East Sand Island, home to the largest Caspian Tern colony in the world, the largest […]

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Pacific Flyway thanks Secretary of Interior for Izembek Decision

June 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Uncategorized

Audubon chapters and state offices in the Pacific Flyway, joined by the California Waterfowl Association and Washington Brant Foundation, thanked Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell for her science-based decision to keep Izembek National Wildlife Refuge intact. Nearly the entire world population of Pacific Brant rely on Izembek during spring and fall migration. Share on Facebook

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Attempt to defund water for refuges in House is an attack on California’s migratory birds

June 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

A new effort in the House Appropriations Subcommittee to divert nearly all funding for Central Valley wildlife refuge water to water contractors could have devastating results for migratory birds, according to representatives of Audubon California. The move is being made on the Water and Energy Appropriations bill. Audubon California asserts the move would subvert the […]

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April 21: Audubon California presenting talk on native trees & plants for bird habitat

April 1st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Pacific Flyway, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

Interested in hearing more about our Working Waterways hedgerow survey? Bird Conservation Program Manager Karen Velas will be speaking at an Altacal Audubon Society event that is open to the public. Native Trees & Plants for Bird Habitat Presented by Joseph O’Neil and Karen Velas Monday, April 21, 2014 6:30 p.m., Chico Creek Nature Center […]

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Expected water allocations to refuges are lowest since 1992

February 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon at Home, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Today brought bad news for many in the Central Valley. While many farmers were already on notice that water allocations from the federal Central Valley Water Project would be very low due to the drought, many learned today that they should expect to receive no water at all due to the drought. Birds also got […]

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Birds should not be left out of policy discussions around California’s drought

February 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Brigid McCormack, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Even before Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency, the drought was already on everyone’s mind. Farmers, water districts, conservationists, even skiers, knew that record low precipitation had left us in bad shape. Ducks and geese knew it too. But then, they know drought well, because for a bird in California’s Central Valley, the drought is always. […]

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