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A new conservation tool for Burrowing Owls

June 4th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Science

Guest post by Katie Krieger, GIS Analyst, Important Bird Areas Audubon California has created an interactive map tool to shed light on risks to Burrowing Owls and help illuminate possible conservation solutions. The tool consolidates Burrowing Owl survey observations (both individual owls and burrows) from the past decade in the Imperial Valley. To help researchers […]

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Sandy DeSimone talks about coastal sage scrub

April 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Conservation research, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary Director of Research and Education, Sandy DeSimone, spends a lot of her time studying the best ways to manage land to help coastal sage scrub and the wildlife that relies on it, flourish. Here she talks about how she became interested in the plant community. Share on Facebook

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Audubon chapters in California piloting new climate research project

April 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming

Susan Sheakley remembers that, years ago, she would see American Kestrels throughout her birding walks through Orange County; now she sees very few. Five hundred miles to the north, Nancy Wenninger is seeing changes in her native garden that are curious. “Some plants are blooming earlier, some are blooming more,” Wenninger says. “The timing of the […]

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What is up, Jonathan Franzen?

April 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society

Just got through reading author and birder Jonathan Franzen’s essay in the New Yorker about climate change and conservation. We were hardly a hundred words into the article — thinking “Hey, how cool is it that this super-famous guy is talking about bird conservation in the New Yorker!” — when we suddenly found Audubon taking […]

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Island Scrub Jay is evolving in a weird way

March 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird videos, Birding, Conservation research

Cool story out of Wired Magazine talks about how the California endemic Island Scrub Jay is evolving in a very strange way. The birds, which live exclusively on Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California Coast, seem to be developing into two very distinct types of birds, despite being in close proximity. Share on Facebook

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Mass die-offs of birds and fish are on the rise, say researchers

January 13th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Conservation research

Mass die-offs for birds, fish and marine invertebrates have been steadily increasing for the past 70 years, according to a new study published Monday. The study, published Monday, Jan. 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was led by researchers at UC Berkeley, the University of San Diego and Yale University. Overall, disease was […]

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California’s emissions goals are for the birds

January 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society, Pollution

California Gov. Jerry Brown stunned many political observers when, during his unprecedented fourth inaugural speech Jan. 5, called for the Golden State to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by as much as 50 percent in the next 15 years. Many applauded. Others heaped criticism. But I’ll tell you one group that was fully in […]

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Tejon Christmas Bird Count in its sixth year

December 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Conservation research, Tejon Ranch

On December 15, Tejon Ranch Conservancy organized the sixth annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Tejon Ranch. I, along with several of my Audubon colleagues and chapter volunteers, have had the pleasure of participating in this newly established count. I have done many counts on both the East and West coasts and tend to favor […]

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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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