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State drought is the worst in 1,200 years

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments · Water issues

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

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Op-ed: Drought is killing birds in the Klamath

December 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Water issues

Audubon California’s Brigid McCormack writes this week in the Eureka Times-Standard about how the drought is harming birds in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important places for birds in North America: Even though it is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the continental Unites States, the Lower Klamath National […]

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Feinstein pulled the plug on secret drought bill

November 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Federal Policy, Water issues

Good news! The terrible drought bill that Senator Feinstein was drafting in secret has been dropped. Thank you to everyone who sent an action alert — she heard you. Share on Facebook

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The challenges of saving the Salton Sea

November 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Salton Sea, Water issues

Great article in the New York Times about the many challenges of saving the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is considered by Audubon to be an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, and a major migratory stopping point for birds along the Pacific Flyway. (photo of American White Pelicans at the Salton Sea by Charles […]

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Audubon California secures water for Pacific Flyway’s migrating birds

November 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · fall migration, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Thousands of wintering migratory birds will have more water and habitat thanks to the advocacy of Audubon California and its partners. Responding to the urging of a coalition of bird and conservation groups, USDA-NRCS created the winter waterfowl initiative. This voluntary program will provide financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to […]

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Audubon chapters working to ease the drought’s effect on birds

October 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Audubon California is partnering with chapters to visit “at-risk” refuges to monitor waterfowl and shorebirds. This real-time data is provided to refuge managers to inform land management decisions to benefit birds. This program is the first of its kind. The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership provided program design oversight and identified the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey […]

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Vote for birds this Election Day

October 29th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Water issues

Vote for birds this Election Day. Share on Facebook

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How birds will benefit if Prop. 1 passes

October 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

Willow Flycatcher by Kelly Colgan Azar As the Nov. 4 election approaches, Audubon California has been listing the various benefits to California birds that will come about with the measure’s passage. We’ve talked about the birds of the Central Valley, shorebirds and seabirds, the Klamath, and other areas. Now we just want to list all […]

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They need you

October 27th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Brigid McCormack, Important Bird Areas, State Policy, Water issues

The Lower Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge is a breathtakingly beautiful place, the Pacific Flyway’s Serengeti for birds. Its landscape is a complex of sage brush, forests, wetlands, and farms – a landscape that was missing something vital the last time I visited it: water. Because of that, hundreds of birds are dying every day there […]

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Prop. 1 is a big part of the solution for Central Valley birds

October 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

A key provision of Proposition 1 could provide tens of millions of dollars for the state’s legal obligations to support 19 Central Valley wildlife refuges that provide critically important wetland habitat for ducks, geese and other migratory birds. Federal law requires California to pay 25 percent of the cost to provide sufficient water to meet the […]

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Add shorebirds and seabirds to those benefiting from Prop. 1

October 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Salton Sea, State Policy, Water issues

While Proposition 1 on the November ballot will help birds of all types throughout the state, two types of birds that you might not expect to benefit from a water bond stand to gain a great deal. Shorebirds and seabirds – including endangered or imperiled species – will directly benefit from funding to state agencies […]

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Our failed promise to Central Valley birds

October 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Water issues

We spoken many times in this space about the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act and the need to provide water for these vital wetland habitats. We took a closer look at how well these refuges have fared this year, and it doesn’t look good. We simply haven’t delivered the water we’ve promised. Share on […]

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The birds need you to vote for them

October 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, State Policy, Water issues

Tell us that you’re voting for the birds this Election Day. Share on Facebook

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Another illustration of drought’s impact on birds

October 15th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

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Prop. 1 will help us keep our promise to Central Valley birds

October 14th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you will have seen us talk about the failed promise of water to the 19 Central Valley refuges identified in the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Put simply, in 1992, Congress recognized that the conversion of the Central Valley into the agricultural engine that […]

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