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Bird LA Day 2015 video

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird L.A., Birding

Can you believe Bird LA Day was nearly two months ago? Maybe now is a good time to recapture the fun of May 2 through this terrific video of the event. Share on Facebook

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Volunteers from Discovery Communications help the L.A. River and the Audubon Center at Debs Park

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird Habitat, Bird L.A.

Discovery Communications recently celebrated its annual “Discover Your Impact Day” with a volunteer event in conjunction with the Friends of the Los Angeles River. After spending the day at the river collecting trash and completing biodiversity surveys, the 80 volunteers got to work building nesting boxes to bring bluebirds and other native species back to their […]

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Reports suggest that Duke Energy is behind the latest attack on Migratory Bird Treaty Act

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Wind power

Audubon Magazine report shows that the first wind energy producer fined for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act may be the force behind Congress’s latest effort to gut the nearly 100-year-old law. Share on Facebook

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Steep breeding waterfowl declines highlight major impact of drought on birds and habitat

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, State Policy, Water issues

In yet another sign of the devastating impact of the drought on California waterfowl populations, a new report from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife shows that breeding waterfowl populations in California are down 30 percent from last year. While this decline is being driven by a number of species, breeding mallards show the […]

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Plummeting water level at Mono Lake putting California Gull nests at risk

June 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues

As if we needed more evidence of the drought putting California birds at risk, the Los Angeles Times takes a look at how falling water levels at Mono Lake are putting the massive nesting population of California Gulls at risk. Scary stuff. (photo of California Gull at Mono Lake by S. Rae) Share on Facebook

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If we’re cutting back on oil use, then offshore drilling should be the first to go

June 24th, 2015 · 10 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming, Pollution

With the images of dead and injured birds from the recent oil spill at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara fresh in our minds, Audubon California is stepping up its support of new legislation which will close the last remaining loopholes allowing offshore oil drilling in California waters. Senate Bill 788, authored by State Senator […]

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Key state committee OKs climate adaptation bill

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Climate Change, Global Warming

Legislation that would require a coordinated response from state agencies to the changes brought about by global warming passed a key committee in the State Senate. Assembly Bill 1482, which will require the Natural Resources Agency and the Strategic Growth Council to oversee and coordinate state agency and department actions to adapt to climate change […]

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Very cool murals of pigeons

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Birding, birds and culture

As you probably know by now, we at Audubon love our bird-related street art. So when we saw these amazing pigeon murals by Dutch artist Stefan Thelen (aka Super A), we just had to share. There are more here. Share on Facebook

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To the surprise of no one, oil from Manhattan Beach linked to Santa Barbara Oil Spill

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Pollution

When balls of tar started washing up in Manhattan Beach just days after the 105,000 gallon oil spill a hundred miles to the north in Santa Barbara, people were quick to associate the two incidents. But officials balked, saying that it was unlikely that the Santa Barbara oil was landing so far south. But now […]

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Audubon chapter joins suit to halt Panoche Valley solar project

June 21st, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

Our friends at the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society have joined with the Sierra Club to file a lawsuit to halt a controversial solar energy project in Panoche Valley. The parties contend that the projects Environmental Impact Report was vastly insufficient. Share on Facebook

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More than 300 dead birds and mammals later …

June 20th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Pollution, Water issues

In case you were wondering, they’re still cleaning up from the Santa Barbara oil spill … by hand. Share on Facebook

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And we are going to save the Snowy Plover

June 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, How to help birds, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

After 25 years of teaching, retiree Renee Racine was looking to combine her love of birds with her passion for education. She found an opportunity to meld both interests through the Sharing Our Shores program at Buena Vista Audubon, teaching children about Snowy Plovers and generating greater visibility and protection for these charismatic little birds. […]

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Drought’s hit on rice farming hurts birds

June 11th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues

We’ve discussed before how rice farming has played an important role for migratory ducks and geese in the absence of good habitat. As water has been diverted from the refuges, these farms have provided essential habitat and food for birds. Today’s Los Angeles Times highlights how the drought has hurt rice farming, and how that […]

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Wintering population of Pacifica Snowy Plovers increasing

June 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, How to help birds, Local Policy, Western Snowy Plover

A tiny, often overlooked winter visitor to Pacifica State Beach is now enjoying additional protection thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. The Western Snowy Plover is a federally threatened species that relies on Pacifica State Beach (also known as Linda Mar Beach) as a wintering site, usually arriving around mid-August and leaving in March […]

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Climate Change Resilience: Protecting bird habitat and promoting public health

June 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Uncategorized, Yellow-billed Magpie

Last Friday I provided testimony on behalf of Audubon California at an Informational Hearing on “Bay Area Regional Adaptation Efforts to Climate Change Impacts” at the Oakland City Council. Senator Bob Wieckowski, the Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, convened experts from academia, government agencies, and nonprofits to discuss climate change impacts and adaptation […]

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