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Help defend the Coastal California Gnatcatcher

January 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

The latest attempt by some Southern California developers to have the Coastal California Gnatcatcher removed from protections under the Endangered Species Act is pretty outrageous – they claim the bird doesn’t even exist! The delisting petition sponsored by these developers relies on a single recent study claiming that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is not a […]

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‘I am doing what I can’

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Global Warming

One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest. All the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest to the edge of a lake, where they all stood feeling discouraged and powerless. Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire. Share on Facebook

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This is your brain on birds

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, stupid bird humor

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Altacal Audubon’s neighborhood habitat program gives birds threatened by global warming a chance

January 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

When the Altacal Audubon Society decided to launch its Neighborhood Habitat Certification Program in 2014, the National Audubon Society was still months away from releasing its groundbreaking study predicting the effects of global warming on birds. Altacal’s goal had always been to create habitat for birds and conserve water, and that was certainly important enough. […]

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We have failed the waterbirds of San Francisco Bay*

January 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

I was horrified to learn last week that waterbirds were showing up dead or dying in San Francisco Bay contaminated by a mysterious sticky substance. And this problem persists even now. At the time, I was even more horrified when I discovered that most of these birds are being found in an area that we’ve […]

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Brigid McCormack talks about Tricolored Blackbirds

January 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack was at the Sacramento Zoo this morning to talk about the new grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that will fund a new partnership between the agency, Audubon California and dairy farmers. Here’s a clip: Share on Facebook

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Researchers warn of mass extinction in our oceans

January 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, seabirds

A new report published in the journal Science warns that we may be on the precipice of a mass extinctions of ocean life, including marine birds. The report does come with a measure of hope, however. But there is still time to avert catastrophe, Dr. McCauley and his colleagues also found. Compared with the continents, […]

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Federal support means more help for Tricolored Blackbirds

January 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Audubon California today received a major federal grant to help grow the population of the Tricolored Blackbird, one of California’s most imperiled species. The funding from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will support a partnership with Farm Bureau, Western United Dairymen, DairyCares, and Sustainable Conservation to work with farmers to protect birds that breed […]

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First big herring run in San Francisco Bay creates feeding (and birding) frenzy

January 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

This past week marked the first big Pacific herring run of the year in San Francisco Bay. Herring is serious business for many of the birds we love, providing a rich, nourishing winter smorgasbord for hungry waterbirds on the Pacific Flyway. With climate change causing big changes in the availability of prey for waterbirds and […]

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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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Feds open discussion on potential delisting of the Coastal California Gnatcatcher

January 12th, 2015 · 5 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Endangered Species Act

Responding a petition submitted this summer from California builders associations, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has opened the process for discussing removing Endangered Species Act protections for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher. Audubon California has joined several other conservation organizations and researchers in denouncing the effort. “The fact that the California Gnatcatcher is a distinct […]

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Submit your photos to the annual Audubon Photography Awards

January 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, National Audubon Society, Wildlife photos and video

You love birds, and you love taking photos of them. Now show us your best work by entering the Audubon Photography Awards! There are spectacular prizes up for grabs, including fabulous trips and high-end photo gear. Winning photos will run in both Audubon and Nature’s Best Photography magazines. Judges include birding legend Kenn Kaufman and famed […]

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A year in newsletter art

January 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, birds and culture

It’s been another great year of Audubon California enewsletter art. Here’s a look back: January: Sandpiper, Cathy Daniel. Acrylic. February: Gull, Christine Petersen. Monochrome. March: Juvenile Common Murre, Leonna M. April: Great Blue Heron, Pen and ink, Stephen Weston. May: Snowy Egrets in Bodega Bay, Oil Paint. Colleen Caubin. Share on Facebook

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California Condor pair introduce new chick to the surprise of many

January 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Because their species hovers precariously on the edge of extinction, California Condors are watched carefully by wildlife researchers to make sure everything is OK. So it came as a pretty big surprise this week when those same researchers discovered that there was a 9-month-old condor chick out there. Apparently, a pair of condors in a […]

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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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