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What’s a Little Oil Spill Among Friends?

March 31st, 2015 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Today the Department of Interior approved the contested Oil Lease Sale 193 in the Arctic Ocean, opening the door for Shell to push for drilling this summer. Audubon Alaska’s Jim Adams said, “The agency’s decision to move forward with oil leasing despite a 75 percent chance of a major spill is stunning and does a […]

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Audubon California testifies before State Water Board about the Salton Sea

March 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

The California State Water Board held a special workshop on the Salton Sea last week, and Audubon California’s Mike Lynes was there to outline the importance of the Salton Sea for birds, and outline the many environmental challenges the area faces. As water deliveries to the Salton Sea are expected to dramatically fall in the […]

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Army Corps moving forward with plan to kill birds in Oregon, Portland Audubon threatens to sue

March 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway

It took the Army Corps of Engineers all of about two days to reject opposition and move forward with its plan to kill 11,000 cormorants and destroy 26,000 nests on East Sand Island in Oregon. The Audubon Society of Portland has already threatened to sue. We’ll be tracking this story closely in the next few […]

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Administration more than doubles size of marine sanctuaries off California coast

March 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Michael Sutton, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

The White House announced last week that it was more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the California Coast. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary are both vital places for seabirds: “These newly expanded sanctuaries will work in tandem with California’s network of state marine reserves […]

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Small fish receive landmark protections off West Coast

March 13th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Wisdom, the 63+ year old Laysan Albatross, the oldest known living wild bird (left side).  Photo by Greg Joder Earlier this week the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, responsible for managing fish stocks in federal waters (3 to 200 miles) off of California, Oregon and Washington, took a landmark step to protect the forage fish that […]

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Site visit to the Salton Sea

March 10th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, drought, Pacific Flyway, State Policy, Water issues

About a week ago, Audubon California’s staff and board visited the Salton Sea to see California’s largest lake firsthand — to see the birds and learn more about the many conservation challenges facing this vital stop on the Pacific Flyway. We grabbed a little video while we were there. Share on Facebook

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Judge’s ruling compels Klamath refuges to move forward with conservation plans

March 10th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, drought, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway

Federal managers at vital refuges straddling the California/Oregon border must complete conservation plans that better outline the relationship between bird conservation and agriculture, according to a U.S. District Court ruling issued late last week. The Audubon Society of Portland was the lead plaintiff in the case in which they contended that managers at the Lower […]

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After second-largest cormorant breeding site collapses at Salton Sea, Army Corps moves to destroy the first largest

March 7th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

The recent collapse of a major breeding colony for Double-crested Cormorants at the Salton Sea brings into strong relief the horrible decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to kill more than 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants at another colony in Oregon. The Army Corps says it must kill the birds on Oregon’s East Sand Island, […]

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Chemical contaminants suspect in mystery of Alaska chickadee beak deformities

February 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird conservation, Pacific Flyway

Chickadees and other birds with beak deformities first started appearing in Anchorage, Alaska in the 1990s. The problem is spreading, with deformities now in Fairbanks, Alaska, south to Puget Sound, and even as far away as Great Britain. New research shows contaminants may be the cause. Share on Facebook

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State Parks completes purchase of 25,000 acres of prime bird habitat in Kern County

February 11th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, California State Parks, Kern River Preserve, Pacific Flyway, State Policy

California State Parks in December completed the purchase of approximately 25,000 acres in Kern County – ranging from the Mojave Desert to the Southern Sierra. The land in the Kelso Valley includes Butterbredt Springs and Jawbone Canyon, both of which are highly prized bird habitat within the Southern Sierra Desert Canyon Important Bird Area. Audubon supported […]

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Rare Birds in the Aleutians

January 16th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Audubon Alaska, Birding, Pacific Flyway

Have you ever seen Far Eastern Curlew? A Taiga Bean Goose? Shemya Island is out near the end of Alaska’s Aleutian Chain. This US Fish and Wildlife Service report hot off the presses gives a great look at the rare and regular birds that visit there, including photos! Share on Facebook

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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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Audubon California secures water for Pacific Flyway’s migrating birds

November 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · fall migration, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Thousands of wintering migratory birds will have more water and habitat thanks to the advocacy of Audubon California and its partners. Responding to the urging of a coalition of bird and conservation groups, USDA-NRCS created the winter waterfowl initiative. This voluntary program will provide financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to […]

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

October 30th, 2014 · Comments Off · 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 effect on birds

October 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · 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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