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What the drought looks like at Half Dome

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Climate Change, drought, Global Warming, Water issues

Photo courtesy Yosemite National Park. Share on Facebook

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Birding with Sally Jewell

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Federal Policy

Everybody likes birding. Spectacular Oregon morning with Gov Brown, Dep Under Secretary Mills at a sage grouse lek.SJ #conservation pic.twitter.com/Kk4LXMf713 — Sally Jewell (@SecretaryJewell) March 28, 2015 Share on Facebook

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Cool time lapse video of American Kestrel readying nest, laying first egg

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Video

Check out this cool video of a female American Kestrel preparing her nest and laying her first egg in a box at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. If you want to know what’s happening right now, check out the Ranch’s live video feed. You can still see the egg in the top […]

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Alameda County approves controversial extension for bird-killing wind turbines at Altamont

March 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay, Wind power

Despite opposition from Audubon California and other conservation groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved an extension for a wind company to continue using older generation wind turbines at Altamont Pass that are predicted to kill a number of protected bird species, including Golden Eagles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the […]

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Audubon joins Sen. Leno on legislation to protect marine wildlife affected by mysterious spills

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, How to help birds, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, State Policy, Water issues

Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Baykeeper, and Audubon California today announced legislation that would protect wildlife in the event of a marine spill involving a non-petroleum based substance. The legislation was inspired by the recent discovery of a mysterious sticky gray substance, dubbed in press reports as “mystery goo,” in the San Francisco Bay that […]

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Audubon California testifies before State Water Board about the Salton Sea

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

The California State Water Board held a special workshop on the Salton Sea last week, and Audubon California’s Mike Lynes was there to outline the importance of the Salton Sea for birds, and outline the many environmental challenges the area faces. As water deliveries to the Salton Sea are expected to dramatically fall in the […]

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Garry George recognized by Sea and Sage Audubon for his work on behalf of birds

March 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters

Audubon California’s Garry George was recognized last night for his efforts to protect birds and habitat, and in particular his “efforts to ensure more rational use of alternative energy sources such and wind and solar power.” As renewable energy director, George advocates for proper siting of projects to minimize impacts on birds and habitat. George […]

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Army Corps moving forward with plan to kill birds in Oregon, Portland Audubon threatens to sue

March 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway

It took the Army Corps of Engineers all of about two days to reject opposition and move forward with its plan to kill 11,000 cormorants and destroy 26,000 nests on East Sand Island in Oregon. The Audubon Society of Portland has already threatened to sue. We’ll be tracking this story closely in the next few […]

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Groups line up to support 2013 law requiring nonlead ammunition for hunting

March 19th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Lead ammunition, Pollution

Nearly 40 groups from conservation, animal protection, environmental justice, and public health today sent a letter opposing a new bill that would reverse legislation passed in 2013 that will require the use of non-lead ammunition for all hunting in California. Audubon California partnered with the Humane Society of the United State and Defenders of Wildlife […]

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Let’s be the generation that saved the Tricolored Blackbird from extinction

March 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Tricolored Blackbird

Help ensure a future for the endangered Tricolored Blackbird. Share on Facebook

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Study: California can embrace renewable energy without wrecking natural habitat

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Wind power

California can power itself three to five times over without embracing industrial-scale renewable energy that wrecks natural habitat, according to a new study by Stanford researchers. Researchers made this determination after reviewing the possibility of a built-out system of distributed generation (such as rooftop solar) and larger projects on already disturbed land, such as former […]

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Tricolored Blackbirds in Yolo County

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Tricolored Blackbird

As our spotters are looking for Tricolored Blackbird nesting colonies in the southern part of the Central Valley, one of our staff members captured this mixed flock of blackbirds on a ranch in Yolo County. She estimated that maybe 70 percent of the birds here are Tricolored Blackbirds. Tricolored Blackbirds tend to breed in the […]

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Administration more than doubles size of marine sanctuaries off California coast

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Michael Sutton, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

The White House announced last week that it was more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the California Coast. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary are both vital places for seabirds: “These newly expanded sanctuaries will work in tandem with California’s network of state marine reserves […]

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Island Scrub Jay is evolving in a weird way

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments · 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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L.A. Times op-ed: We should save the Salton Sea

March 15th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea, State Policy, Water issues

An editorial in today’s Los Angeles Times makes the case for saving the Salton Sea. In addition to the hazards of releasing dust from the lake’s bottom onto Southern California, the editorial notes the importance of the Salton Sea to wildlife: Besides, as odd as it may seem, the accidental lake has become a main […]

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