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Help us avoid a disaster for birds in the Klamath

September 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, fall migration, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Lack of water in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge has resulted in dangerous overcrowding at nearby Tule Lake, where thousands of vulnerable birds have already died from disease. What makes this situation even worse is the fact that it is totally avoidable. Our reports tell us that there is water available for the refuges […]

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Op-ed: Migratory birds, refuges need our help

September 4th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Water issues

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack co-authors a piece in today’s Sacramento Bee about the need for policy makers to consider the needs of migratory birds during the drought. Here’s a key section: It is time for a change. California needs balanced policy solutions that protect fish, birds, families and farmers alike. Agricultural stakeholders, water […]

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Inaction on Salton Sea will cost region billions

September 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea, Water issues

Failure to act on the many problems at the Salton Sea will cost the region billions in the coming decades, says a new report from the Pacific Institute. For years, this globally significant important bird area has been challenged by the poor management of its limited water resources: Failure to revitalize the ailing Salton Sea […]

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Botulism outbreak at Tule Lake made worse by drought

August 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

With drought reducing the amount of water available to migratory birds, we saw this coming. Thousands of birds have died of avian botulism at Tule Lake, a situation made worse by dry habitat areas. With so little water going to the areas around the lake, birds are congregating in the lake, which makes it much […]

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California drought is a dress rehearsal for climate change

August 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Climate Change, Water issues

With more than 80 percent of California in extreme drought, things are tough out there for birds (farmers and people). Already we’ve seen studies linking drought to reduced breeding of waterfowl and raptors. The big question that I frequently get asked is: Is this climate change? Share on Facebook

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Fall migration will be a challenge for refuge managers

August 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

We’ve spoken before on the blog about the problems we might face in our Central Valley refuges this fall when a particularly large number of waterfowl will arrive to find habitat brutally degraded by the drought. Interesting article here about California Fish and Wildlife refuge managers doing their best with the few resources they have. […]

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McCormack: Bond needs to include water for birds and habitat

July 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack argues in today’s Capitol Weekly that any water bond approved by the legislature for the November ballot must include resources for birds and habitat: Every serious bond proposal to emerge from negotiations in the legislature accepts California’s responsibility to provide water to these refuges, as well as the need […]

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Survey reveals 44% decline in rare Tricolored Blackbirds

June 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues, Working lands conservation

A comprehensive survey of Tricolored Blackbirds in California has confirmed that the population of the rare species has declined 44 percent since 2011. The 2014 survey – led by UC Davis, in partnership with Audubon California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service — counted 145,000 Tricolored Blackbirds, down […]

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Attempt to defund water for refuges in House is an attack on California’s migratory birds

June 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

A new effort in the House Appropriations Subcommittee to divert nearly all funding for Central Valley wildlife refuge water to water contractors could have devastating results for migratory birds, according to representatives of Audubon California. The move is being made on the Water and Energy Appropriations bill. Audubon California asserts the move would subvert the […]

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Number of breeding Mallards in CA down 20 percent from last year

June 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Water issues

A recent survey of waterfowl breeding populations in California shows a 20 percent decline in the number of breeding Mallards over last year. According the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which conducts the annual survey, breeding Mallards were down to 238,700 from the 298,600 counted in 2013. While the total number of breeding ducks was […]

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Potential amendments to Feinstein drought bill would create disaster for Central Valley birds and wildlife

May 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Federal Policy, Resources, State Policy, Water issues

Drought legislation sponsored by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein today continued to move quickly through the Senate, prompting concerns that compromises to assure its passage could have disastrous results for birds and other wildlife in the Central Valley. While Senate Bill 2198 had a number of considerations for birds and habitat as necessary for comprehensive drought […]

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Water authority sues to divert water from Central Valley refuges

May 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

The Friant Water Authority went to court yesterday asking, among other things, that water be diverted from the 19 Central Valley refuges as a solution to shortages created by the ongoing drought. the Fresno Bee has more on the suit here. Audubon California views this as wrongheaded on a number of counts. “Failure to provide […]

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Op-ed: Any water bond should include birds

May 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Water issues

Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack argues in the Modesto Bee today that any water bond, and any drought legislation, should take into account the needs of the millions upon millions of migratory birds that rely on Central Valley habitat to survive: Millions upon millions of migratory birds rely on the Central Valley as a […]

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Update on Tricolored Blackbird emergency

April 11th, 2014 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Here is the latest from our Working Lands Program Director: Thank you so much for your tremendous support and continued interest in the at-risk colony of 50,000 Tricolored Blackbirds. Here is the latest update: We asked you to contribute toward an ambitious goal of $40,000 in 24 hours and your response astounded us! You have […]

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State drought operations plan will be painful for all — including the birds

April 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

Great piece in today’s Sacramento Bee by Matt Weiser about the state’s operations plan for water during the drought. Short version: everyone is going to be feeling the pain. Great input by Audubon California’s Brigid McCormack highlighting the importance of water for the 19 Central Valley refuges that provide vital habitat for millions of migrating […]

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