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Birds suffer from air pollution, just like we do

July 23rd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, Pollution, State Policy

We’ve all heard about how air pollution can threaten human health, but how does it impact birds? Over the years, there have been clues. Following Britain’s Clean Air Act of 1956, it was reported that several species of birds returned to London. In 1986, Mexico City’s air pollution levels were so severe that various news […]

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Op-ed: Central Valley environment has given more than its share during the drought

July 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Federal Policy, Water issues

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack in today’s Los Angeles Times answers those who claim that the environment has to give more to alleviate the pain of the drought by noting that it’s given plenty: Characterizing the environment as an “interested party,” similar to agriculture — as some officials have — is a distortion. But […]

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Congratulations to Bruce Schoppe, Audubon Volunteer of the Year

July 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Audublog, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, National Audubon Society, Western Snowy Plover

Garry George, Chapter Network Director for Audubon California and Peg Olsen, Chief Conservation Officer for the National Audubon Society present Callison Award to Bruce Schoppe at the Audubon National Convention We are proud to announce that another local California chapter leader is the recipient of the Charles H. Callison Award for Audubon Volunteer of the […]

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Conejo Valley Audubon spreading the word about danger to birds of open-topped pipes

July 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, How to help birds, Kern River Preserve

Audubon California — and particularly our colleagues at the Audubon Kern River Preserve — have been spreading the word about the danger to birds from open-topped pipes for some time. We were particularly pleased recently when the Conejo Valley Audubon Society found success informing its community about the problem. Exposed vertical pipes with open tops […]

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Drought hitting Pacific Flyway birds hard

July 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, drought, Pacific Flyway

Fascinating piece online from National Geographic about the impact that the ongoing drought is having on Pacific Flyway birds in California: Along the 4,000-mile-long Pacific flyway—one of four main routes in North America for migrating birds—up to six million ducks, geese, and swans wing south every year to find warmth after raising young in the […]

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Record-breaking bird found at Audubon Starr Ranch

July 13th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, Conservation research

What may be the oldest Lesser Goldfinch ever found in the wild was discovered last week at the Audubon Starr Ranch in Orange County. We’ll let Holly Garrod, the Ranch’s ornithologist tell the story: Share on Facebook

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Highlighting importance of open water habitat for birds in San Francisco Bay

July 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Recognizing its importance to a variety of waterbirds, Audubon recently designated two large portions of San Francisco Bay as globally significant Important Bird Areas. This designation will open up new opportunities for conservation and protection of these vital habitat areas. The designation follows several months of work reviewing bird data and GIS analysis. The Important […]

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Verizon’s bird obsession

July 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, birds and culture

So, we were clicking around the Internet the other day, and up popped this ad from Verizon that playfully mimics movies like Winged Migration. Clicking around the Internet, we realize that this thing with Verizon and the birds has actually been going on for quite a while. Check this other one out: Of course, none […]

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Update from the campaign to save birds in Humboldt Bay

July 7th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

In the past five months, Audubon California has been leading a campaign to stop a fast-tracked proposal to massively expand oyster farming into highly sensitive habitat for birds in Humboldt Bay, CA, a global and state Important Bird Area and overall one of the most important sites for birds on the Pacific Flyway. Now, following […]

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Are drones a problem for birds?

July 7th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Birding

Our friends at Golden Gate Audubon take a look at the question of what the increased use of drones means for birds. Parent birds may abandon a nest if they’re disturbed repeatedly. Even one disturbance can leave their chicks temporarily vulnerable to predators. And flushing birds while they’re roosting or feeding makes it harder for […]

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Bird LA Day 2015 video

June 29th, 2015 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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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