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What is a conservation easement?

December 16th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, How to help birds, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Audubon Kern River Preserve Manager Reed Tollefson explains what a land easement is. Share on Facebook

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Horror movie fans urge you to vote Loggerhead Shrike this fall

October 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Birding, Landowner Stewardship

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What is a conservation easement?

September 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Like many others in the conservation world, we are guilty of employing a lot of jargon in our speech. Ever wondered what a conservation easement is? Reed of our Audubon Kern River Preserve explains that it is: Share on Facebook

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Federal State of the Birds report highlights work with California rice growers

July 6th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Landowner Stewardship, National Audubon Society, Working lands conservation

The U.S. Department of Interior this week issued its fourth annual State of the Birds report, and this year’s document focused on conservation on private lands. With more than 60 percent of America’s land in private hands, partnerships to make these lands better for birds becomes essential. Audubon’s many such partnerships are highlighted in the […]

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Loggerhead Shrike nest in Central Valley hedgerow

May 25th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Audubon California staff surveying hedgerows in the Central Valley discovered this nest of four Loggerhead Shrike chicks among some Quailbush that had been planted specifically to help birds. Here’s a quick video below — you can hear the adult shrike asking us to leave: Share on Facebook

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Thank you to our farmer bird heroes

March 6th, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Millions of birds depend on habitat provided by California’s farms and ranches. Audubon California works with landowners to protect birds without diminishing the economic value of the land. We worked with over 100 partners last year, folks we like to call our farmer bird heroes. In appreciation for all that these heroes do, we asked […]

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Acorn collecting at Bobcat Ranch

October 5th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon California Bobcat Ranch, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship

The Audubon Bobcat Ranch on Sept. 15 welcomed a fun group of volunteers to help collect acorns that our staff will later use for restoration projects. The volunteers included a few Girl Scouts, as well as graduate students from Kenya. The acorns from blue oaks and live oaks will be refrigerated and used to restore […]

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Northern Pygmy Owl at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch

September 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California Bobcat Ranch, Audubon Chapters, Birding, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Richard Cimino snapped this cool photo of a Northern Pygmy Owl this week at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch, while leading a birding walk through the property. Cimino was leading a group from the Ohlone Audubon Society, where he is conservation chair. A total of 20 species were seen on the hike, including Black-throated Grey Warbler and […]

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Blue Grosbeaks, just sayin’

August 3rd, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Landowner Stewardship

It’s always great when we go out to one of our habitat restoration sites and see something special. This morning, our team spotted a pair of Blue Grosbeaks singing at an Landowner Stewardship Program sites in Yolo County that we planted in 2006. Once a lifeless corner, the site is now lush with tall cottonwoods […]

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Savannah Sparrows heading to their agrarian summer digs

May 8th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California Bobcat Ranch, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

The Savannah Sparrow is arriving to its California summer digs in large numbers. The bird was discovered in Savannah, Georgia — hence the name — but the passerine is found all over the US. In the winter the songbird lives in the south and in the summer can be found as far north as Barrow, Alaska. […]

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Don’t forget about the trees this spring

May 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Audubon at Home, Audubon California, Bird videos, Landowner Stewardship, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

When we talk about spring migration, obviously we talk a lot about birds. So sometimes we forget to mention another key participant – trees. For many of the birds coming to California to breed – the orioles, warblers, hawks, and many others – trees are an essential ingredient to survival and success in the spring. That is […]

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Northern Harrier on the wing

April 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Landowner Stewardship, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration, Video, Working lands conservation

Another of the great raptors in California (as well as North America and beyond, for that matter) is the Northern Harrier. Unlike a lot of the raptors we see riding high on the thermals, the Northern Harrier swoops down low over the upland grasses and marshes where it finds food, cover, and nesting. The Northern […]

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With a beak like that, what’s not to like?

April 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Landowner Stewardship, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration, Working lands conservation

One of the most distinctive shorebirds you’ll ever see in California will be the Long-billed Curlew. It’s the largest North American shorebird, but that’s probably not what will catch your attention. Instead it will be its awesome beak, a perfect example of adaptive evolution, and an essential tool for the bird to dig out the […]

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Rice farm conservation program receives industry honor

March 9th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship

The National Resources Conservation Services this week was awarded the California Rice Commission’s Circle of Life award for a groundbreaking program that offered monetary incentives to rice farmers to improve habitat on their lands for migratory birds. Audubon California (through the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership) was a major player in both encouraging the NRCS to take […]

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Testing the best ways to support birds in rice fields

February 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship

While some of us at Audubon California are sitting at our desks writing blog posts, a good number of our staff are out in the field. the photos below are from our ongoing monitoring of experiments to see how birds respond to varying levels of water left in Central Valley rice fields. Usual practice is […]

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