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BLM rejects controversial solar project in Mojave Desert

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management this week rejected an application for a controversial solar project in the Mojave Desert’s Silurian Valley. Conservation groups, including Audubon California, had raised concerns over the project because it was outside established development areas and included pristine habitat areas. In the end, the BLM found these arguments persuasive: Jim […]

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Bird update from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Here’s another fun round-up of bird seen at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County, courtesy Ornithologist Holly Garrod: This week, while enjoying a nice morning at the cabin, I had a Red-shouldered Hawk visit the bird bath and perch less than 50 feet from me! He took a drink, we stared each other down […]

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Snow Geese at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack shot this quick video of Snow Geese at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge last weekend. Enjoy: Share on Facebook

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The eagle and the crane

November 14th, 2014 · No Comments · 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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The challenges of saving the Salton Sea

November 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea, Water issues

Great article in the New York Times about the many challenges of saving the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is considered by Audubon to be an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, and a major migratory stopping point for birds along the Pacific Flyway. (photo of American White Pelicans at the Salton Sea by Charles […]

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Cool wintering birds from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

We just got this update from ornithologist and educator Holly M. Garrod, reporting from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County: This week proved to be very exciting bird-wise. The other day I watched a Merlin fly right through the canyon! (And no, not the wizard). A Merlin is a small falcon-like bird that often […]

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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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Uncovered toxic ponds at solar plant kill dozens of birds

October 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

The headline pretty much says it all. Share on Facebook

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Barn Owl not thrilled to find an American Kestrel in its house

October 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Video, Wildlife photos and video

We enjoyed this little moment that our Audubon Starr Ranch Barn Owl webcam caught the other day. One of our loyal viewers was good enough to capture it and post it to YouTube: Share on Facebook

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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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Vote for birds this Election Day

October 29th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Water issues

Vote for birds this Election Day. Share on Facebook

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How birds will benefit if Prop. 1 passes

October 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

Willow Flycatcher by Kelly Colgan Azar As the Nov. 4 election approaches, Audubon California has been listing the various benefits to California birds that will come about with the measure’s passage. We’ve talked about the birds of the Central Valley, shorebirds and seabirds, the Klamath, and other areas. Now we just want to list all […]

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Prop. 1 is a big part of the solution for Central Valley birds

October 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

A key provision of Proposition 1 could provide tens of millions of dollars for the state’s legal obligations to support 19 Central Valley wildlife refuges that provide critically important wetland habitat for ducks, geese and other migratory birds. Federal law requires California to pay 25 percent of the cost to provide sufficient water to meet the […]

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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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Add shorebirds and seabirds to those benefiting from Prop. 1

October 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Salton Sea, State Policy, Water issues

While Proposition 1 on the November ballot will help birds of all types throughout the state, two types of birds that you might not expect to benefit from a water bond stand to gain a great deal. Shorebirds and seabirds – including endangered or imperiled species – will directly benefit from funding to state agencies […]

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