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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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Gov. Jerry Brown visits Audubon

February 1st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Brigid McCormack, Lead ammunition, Michael Sutton, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway

California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown today dropped in on the National Audubon Society Board meeting in Sacramento and shared his perspective on both the ongoing drought, but also his overall philosophy on environmental responsibility. The Board thanked him profusely for signing Assembly Bill 711 last October, which will require the use of nonlead ammunition for […]

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Huge win for Arctic birds

January 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway

In a major victory for Arctic birds, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that the Department of the Interior violated the law when it sold oil and gas drilling leases in the Chukchi Sea of the coast of Alaska. Audubon President David Yarnold issued the following statement: “We don’t know nearly enough about […]

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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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New interactive map of Pacific Flyway marine Important Bird Areas

December 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon Alaska, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Seabirds are some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife species. In an effort to raise awareness about the plight of these birds and the habitats they depend on, Audubon has released a new interactive map that allows users to explore some of the most important places for these birds. The map extends from the icy […]

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Research in Juneau, Alaska Delves into the Secret Lives of Hummingbirds

August 12th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Pacific Flyway

                Rufous Hummingbirds are the only hummingbirds hearty enough to nest in Alaska. A new research project in Juneau examines how these tiny dynamos survive, even in years when they arrive while snow is still on the ground! (Photo by Beth Peluso) Share on Facebook

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Washington chimneys designated as globally-significant bird habitat

August 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway

We just received word that four roosting sites for the Vaux’s Swifts have been designated as Globally-significant Important Bird Areas by Audubon and BirdLife International. What’s unique about this designation is that, unlike the habitat areas that usually receive this title, these sites are actually man-made chimneys (above, Vaux’s Swifts swarm around a building ni […]

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Audubon volunteers recognized

July 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway

At the National Audubon Convention in July, Mike Sutton, Vice President for the Pacific Flyway, presented the 2013 William Dutcher Award for the Pacific Flyway to two outstanding chapter volunteers, Peter Pumphrey and Mike Prather, both with Eastern Sierra Audubon Society, for their dedicated volunteer work at Owens Lake Important Bird Area.  Pete and Mike […]

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Big trouble for birds in the Klamath

July 15th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Earlier this year, we were warned of severe drought conditions at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, perhaps the most important spot for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48. Well now we’re seeing the results, a refuge that is sadly quiet: Normally, the honks and calls of thousands of ducks, grebes and egrets clustering at […]

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The evangelist of Owens Lake birds

June 20th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird L.A., Pacific Flyway

Eastern Sierra Audubon’s Mike Prather leads a recent birding trip at Owens Lake. Photo by Andrea Jones. To a mudflat on a great inland lake thought dead for decades, the birds came by the thousands. Observers this April were stunned to see that this particular group of Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers, journeying from as […]

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Far from Baltimore

May 28th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

Saw a post on one of the listservs this morning about a sighting of a male Baltimore Oriole in San Mateo County. Now, you would think that the best place to find a Baltimore Oriole would be, well, Baltimore (or Camden Yards). But while this is a predominantly East Coast bird, we do have a […]

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Not-so-common beauty

May 28th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

Despite its name, the looks of the Common Yellowthroat are anything but. The male of the species sports a unique black mask that gives it an air of mystery. That, combined with its distinctive yellow throat and olive body, makes for a pretty attractive warbler. The bird can be seen throughout North America, but here […]

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Summer Tanagers in time for summer

May 24th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

One of the more colorful birds to grace California during spring migration is the Summer Tanager. This bird spends its winters in Central American and northern South America and comes up into the Lower 48 in great numbers. The breeding range covers a large crescent of forest habitat from the middle of the East Coast […]

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