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Wood ducks, mallards, and sandpipers, oh my!

July 21st, 2015 · 6 Comments · Water issues, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

On a warm day in early September, Emily James, Sales/Logistic Manager at Robbins Rice Company, whisked Audubon staff to a fallow field where they were adding water to create mudflats for shorebirds. Anxious to see the birds the “new” wetlands were supporting, Emily had been there first thing that day and listed the birds she’d […]

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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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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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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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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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Working with duck clubs to provide wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds

April 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Audubon California and The Nature Conservancy are working with duck clubs in the Central Valley to provide wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds whose normal habitat has been hit hard by the drought. Check out the news piece above. Share on Facebook

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What the drought looks like at Half Dome

March 28th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Climate Change, drought, Global Warming, Water issues

Photo courtesy Yosemite National Park. Share on Facebook

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Saving the Tricolored Blackbird

March 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Guest post by Samantha Arthur, Tricolored Blackbird Conservation Program Manager Last week while surveying in the Central Valley, I saw several flocks of Tricolored Blackbirds searching for nesting sites. In order to set up their massive colonies, they need a specific type of flooded wetland. Sadly, I am not seeing a lot of that habitat this breeding […]

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

March 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · 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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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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Site visit to the Salton Sea

March 10th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, drought, Pacific Flyway, State Policy, Water issues

About a week ago, Audubon California’s staff and board visited the Salton Sea to see California’s largest lake firsthand — to see the birds and learn more about the many conservation challenges facing this vital stop on the Pacific Flyway. We grabbed a little video while we were there. Share on Facebook

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Photos of the L.A. River before it was paved over

March 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Bird L.A., Water issues

As you may know, there’s a movement afoot to bring back the Los Angeles River to something akin to its former glory. But a lot of people might not know what that former glory actually looks like. Well, thanks to Curbed L.A. for sharing these cool photos of the river before it was paved over. […]

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Hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits litter Kern County

February 27th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, drought, Water issues

With the California in the grips of a horrible drought, and water quantity and quality so critical in the Central Valley, it’s not great to hear that oil producers have created hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits outside state regulations, threatening both birds and groundwater supplies. Share on Facebook

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State drought is the worst in 1,200 years

December 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Water issues

New study says the current California drought is the worst in 1,200 years. Share on Facebook

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