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What the drought looks like at Half Dome

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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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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