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Entries from July 31st, 2008

Smaller critical habitat area proposed for Marbled Murrelet

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing about 250,000 acres from the nearly 4 million acres designated as critical habitat for the Marbled Murrelet. The Marbled Murrelet is an Audubon Watchlist bird that was listed as threatened by the USFWS in 1992. The Murrelet is native to the Pacific coast, including California. Share […]

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Birds of prey find a new home

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Nature education and activities

Nice story in today’s Sacramento Bee about the recovery program for injured birds of prey at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Share on Facebook

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A Field of Birds

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird

Two years ago, Audubon California documented its effort to save a threatened colony of Tricolored Blackbirds by creating the video “A Field of Birds.” Since then, our organization has used the strategy described in the video to save other colonies as well. Click here to learn more about the plight of the Tricolored Blackbirds, and […]

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Western governors come out against new offshore drilling

July 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

The governors of California, Oregon and Washingtong yesterday unveiled a new Ocean Action Plan that seeks to ensure clean water and beaches, protect coastline habitats, improve awareness on environmental issues and keep any new development sustainable. The plan is also very clear in its opposition to any new offshore oil and gas leasing, development and […]

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Tejon Ranch agreement in the news

July 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Important Bird Areas, Local Policy, State Policy, Tejon Ranch

USA Today has a feature story about the recent landmark agreement to conserve 240,000 acres of prime California landscape at Tejon Ranch. Audubon California was a major participant in the deal, and our director of conservation, Graham Chisholm, is quoted in the article. Share on Facebook

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Say NO to offshore oil drilling

July 29th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

  The enduring image of nearly every oil spill is a dead or dying bird lying on a blackened beach, its feathers covered with oil. We don’t want to see any more of that in California. Audubon California needs you to make a clear statement to your elected officials that you do not support new […]

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Some condor news

July 29th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, California Condor

A small brush fire near the Los Angeles Zoo yesterday forced the evacuation of 18 California Condors at the facility’s breeding center. The brush fire was put out quickly and the birds were unharmed in the incident. On a brighter note, the California Condor Recovery Program’s San Diego Zoo facility recently reported a successful breeding season. […]

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The complexities of urban conservation

July 28th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, urban conservation

Conservation on vast open landscapes is pretty easy to grasp conceptually. But when it comes to conservation in the urban world, the issues are much more complex. What might seem like a small matter in terms of conservation might be tremendously important, not just for its educational value, but also for how public entities learn […]

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State panel to recommend strict regulations on plastic trash

July 27th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, State Policy

The state’s Ocean Protection Council this coming week is expected to recommend bans on many plastic products that routinely end up in our ocean and waterways. High on the list are single-use plastic containers and plastic grocery bags, many of which have already been outlawed by local municipalities and other states. It is estimated that […]

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Mono Lake success story

July 26th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, State Policy

The Los Angeles Times this week ran a great story on the successful preservation efforts at Mono Lake over the last 30 years. The article notes the important role played by the Mono Lake Committee in protecting this valuable ecosystem from destruction. Mono Lake is an Important Bird Area, and Audubon was very much involved in […]

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A friend of the California Least Tern

July 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Local Policy

We enjoyed this post by Mark Gold, executive director of Southern California’s Health the Bay, about a recent Friends of the Ballona Wetlands dinner for Ruth Lansford. Lansford played a key role in the preservation of important foraging in the Ballona Wetlands — excellent foraging grounds for the California Least Tern. As Gold notes, the Ballona Wetlands […]

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10th Annual Kern River Valley Hummingbird Celebration

July 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Birding, Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve, Nature education and activities

This male Rufous Hummingbird flew through the Kern River Preserve on his way to northern breeding grounds in April. Ten years ago a few people were invited to Audubon’s Kern River Preserve in late July and early August to witness the phenomenon of hummingbird migration in the Kern River Valley. Now hundreds of people come […]

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A screech, a bellowing and a wedge

July 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Birding

A watch of nightingales. A charm of goldfinches. An unkindness of ravens. A typical person would be forgiven not recognizing this peculiar nomenclature for our feathered friends, but a dedicated birder might recognize them. Whimsical and charmingly impractical, many of these collective nouns are part of the lore of birding. Share on Facebook

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If you haven’t spoken out against the O.C. toll road, what’s taking you so long?

July 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, Local Policy, Orange County Toll Road (241)

If you haven’t already sent an email to let the U.S. Secretary of Commerce know that you oppose the Orange County toll road extension that would obliterate prime natural habitat — as well as a state park — what’s taking you so long? There’s only a week left! Share on Facebook

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New data shows bird kills up at Altamont

July 24th, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Global Warming, Local Policy, Wind power

According to a report issued this week by the Alameda County Scientific Review Committee, efforts to reduce bird kills from wind turbines in the Altamont wind farm may not be working. The study shows that kills of four targeted raptors — Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel and Burrowing Owl — are actually increasing despite […]

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