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Update on Tricolored Blackbird emergency

April 11th, 2014 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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Water for refuges remains in key water bond bill

April 10th, 2014 · No Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

Following about two weeks of doubt, Audubon California has now learned that — thanks in large part to the Audubon network in California — language requiring the state to fulfill its promise to provide water for the Central Valley’s 19 wildlife refuges has survived in one of the legislatures key water bond bills. Prior to […]

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Wildlife refuges can’t be left out of 2014 water bond

March 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

As lawmakers work down several paths toward refining a water bond to put before the voters this November, a new development with one of the leading pieces of bond legislation has conservation advocates worried. Amendments currently being proposed to Assembly Bill 1331 would strip the bond of language requiring the state to fulfill its promise […]

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Dry spring imperils rare Tricolored Blackbirds

March 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues

Great piece this weekend by Mark Grossi of the Fresno Bee about how the drought is making things particularly tough for the state’s Tricolored Blackbird population. If you’ve been following Audubon California for any length of time, you know that we are heavily invested in saving the Tricolored Blackbird. We’ll have more on this story […]

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Expected water allocations to refuges are lowest since 1992

February 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon at Home, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Today brought bad news for many in the Central Valley. While many farmers were already on notice that water allocations from the federal Central Valley Water Project would be very low due to the drought, many learned today that they should expect to receive no water at all due to the drought. Birds also got […]

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Bill from state legislative leaders is a balanced step in the right direction on California drought

February 19th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, State Policy, Water issues

Audubon California today expressed support for new legislation authored by California Senate Leader pro tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Pérez to address impacts from the California drought. The legislation would allocate about $680 million toward a variety of programs to alleviate the impacts of the drought on communities, farmers and the environment that […]

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How the drought is affecting birds

February 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues

Severe drought conditions in California are having a big effect on just about everyone, including the birds. Even though we’ve finally received some rain in the last couple of weeks, we’re still a long way from where we need to be – nobody is celebrating the end of the drought. We’ve been speaking with our […]

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Birds should not be left out of policy discussions around California’s drought

February 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Brigid McCormack, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Even before Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency, the drought was already on everyone’s mind. Farmers, water districts, conservationists, even skiers, knew that record low precipitation had left us in bad shape. Ducks and geese knew it too. But then, they know drought well, because for a bird in California’s Central Valley, the drought is always. […]

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Working Waterways Program in the news: hedgerows bring birds

February 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Water issues, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

Thanks to the generous support of our private partners: Yocha Dehe Community Fund, Banrock Station and Banrock Station Trust, and PG&E, Audubon California — in partnership with NRCS, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis and UC Berkeley — has learned that farm edges with hedgerows support four times the number of bird […]

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A little rain would be totally OK

January 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Water issues

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Outbreak of avian cholera kills 150 ducks in Redwood City

January 14th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Water issues

Sadly,  a pond popular with ducks is experiencing an outbreak of avian cholera that has led to the death of around 150 birds. According to a story on the Redwood City-Woodside Patch: Citing a serious threat to wildlife, the South Bayside System Authority (SBSA) wastewater facility in Redwood City will drain its popular bird-watching pond […]

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Big trouble for birds in the Klamath

July 15th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Earlier this year, we were warned of severe drought conditions at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, perhaps the most important spot for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48. Well now we’re seeing the results, a refuge that is sadly quiet: Normally, the honks and calls of thousands of ducks, grebes and egrets clustering at […]

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Why Five Dollars Five Birds?

April 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Tricolored Blackbird, Video, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Keiller Kyle explains why Audubon California works with farmers in California’s dairy country to save the Tricolored Blackbird. Share on Facebook

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Fall Birds at Owens Lake

September 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

  (Owens Lake is still a construction site.) Folks from Audubon California once again joined volunteers from Eastern Sierra Audubon and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) at the Owens Lake Important Bird Area this August to count birds. This is part of an annual one-day effort each spring and fall to count […]

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