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Could global warming research inspire a new wave of green birding?

December 12th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming

While no one is going to say that people looking at birds are a remotely significant source of the global greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, there is a growing number of birders who are exploring less carbon-reliant ways to enjoy the wonders of nature. After all, they folks might say, if we’re going […]

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The eagle and the crane

November 14th, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Conservation research, Global Warming

The landmark climate change agreement announced Wednesday between the United States and China represents an incredible opportunity to move the world toward reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and reduce some of the harsher effects that scientists have been predicting for years. Many observers believe that this agreement between the No. 1 and No. 2 greatest […]

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USGS: Habitat loss and development will impact birds as much as climate change

November 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming

Fascinating (read: scary) new study from the U.S. Geological Survey. ”Changing landscape patterns such as deforestation and urban growth are likely to have at least as large of an impact on future bird ranges as climate change for many species.” Share on Facebook

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You won’t believe how the sound of this forest has changed

October 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research

Bernie Kraus is a bio-accoustician who records and studies natural sounds. Check out this KQED story about how he has recorded the same patch of forest in Northern California over time and found dramatic changes in the sounds he hears. You won’t believe your ears. Share on Facebook

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Most people don’t ever make it here

September 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Volunteer

Lake Almanor is a 4.5  hour drive from San Francisco and a 3 hour drive from Sacramento, to say it is remote is to be kind. This tucked-away lake in Plumas County is one of the four lakes included in Audubon’s Western and Clark’s Grebes conservation program. Plumas Audubon Society has managed and staffed grebe monitoring and […]

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Audubon at the climate march

September 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society

Audubon members and staff took to the streets of New York with 600,000 others yesterday (that’s our president, David Yarnold, there on the left) to demand more action to address the challenges of global warming. No surprise to see us there, given recent research showing the very real threat to birds if we do nothing. […]

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Are we listening?

September 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming

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Colbert takes on issue of global warming and birds

September 13th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Conservation research, National Audubon Society

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More than 170 California birds threatened by global warming

September 9th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society

Global warming is a serious threat to California birds. A seven-year study from the National Audubon Society released today finds that global warming threatens the survival of more than 170 California species in the coming decades. This includes iconic California birds such as the Brown Pelican, Allen’s Hummingbird, Yellow-billed Magpie, and many others. These are […]

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Discovery points to the purpose of birds’ most distinguishing trait

July 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Conservation research, Science

A paper published in Nature Magazine by researchers Christian Foth, Helmut Tischlinger and Oliver W. M. Rauhut, “describe a new specimen [fossil] of Archaeopteryx with extensive feather preservation, not only on the wings and tail, but also on the body and legs.” The group’s research also confirms what others have found, that dinosaurs developed feathers not for flight but for […]

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We knew crows were smart, but this is incredible

February 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Conservation research, Video

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Ravens taking advantage of power lines

January 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Bird Habitat, Conservation research

According to a new study, Ravens numbers are up across the west, partially due to the birds’ ability to take advantage of power lines and power poles to get an advantage. Turns out the birds have learned to nest on the poles, which give them an inroad to more remote parts of the state, and […]

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Woodpeckers may hold the key to protecting humans from head injury

December 1st, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Conservation research

Interesting video out of USC about how researchers are studying woodpeckers to learn more about how to protect football players from serious head injury. Share on Facebook

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The Wandering Tattler

May 6th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Birding, Conservation research, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

With a name that sounds like something out of the original Batman TV series, the Wandering Tattler might be something of a disappointment for those that happen upon this unspectacular looking shorebird. But, alas, this bird has intrigued researchers for decades. Wintering along the west coasts of Northern America, Central America, and South America — […]

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What do the birders know?

April 21st, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Climate Change, Conservation research, National Audubon Society, spring migration

Interesting thinky opinion piece in today’s New York Times about the mesmerizing habit of birdwatching, and what truths are revealed when one taps into the rhythm of avifauna: We can’t escape trying to see the future through birds. Too many canaries were deployed to detect gas leaks in coal mines, too many ravens launched from […]

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