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Entries from August 29th, 2008

Visiting the Audubon California Starr Ranch Sanctuary

August 29th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Shot this little video about a week ago. It demonstrates the dramatic transition from suburban Orange County to the open landscape of the Audubon California Starr Ranch Sanctuary. This spectacular property is important for a lot of reasons, and nothing illustrates this better than the experience of driving in. Incidentally, I make the mistake in this […]

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Commerce panel sets hearing date for O.C. toll road appeal

August 29th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Orange County Toll Road (241)

The U.S. Department of Commerce has set a date for a panel hearing on the proposed extension of the Orange County toll road. You might recall that this same panel cancelled a hearing scheduled for July when it feared that too many people would show up. Well, they’ve solved the problem of all those pesky […]

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Speak out to defend the Endangered Species Act

August 28th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

In its final few months, the Bush Administration is attempting to gut the Endangered Species Act. This time, it’s a proposal to allow federal agencies to decide unilaterally that a proposed project is not likely to adversely affect listed species — no consultation with wildlife experts at the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the […]

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Black-chinned Hummingbird video

August 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Video

Ever checked out the wildlife videos at the Audubon California Starr Ranch Preserve? Well, they’re really great. One of our favorites is the Black-chinned Hummingbird. Share on Facebook

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Marines release a few good birds

August 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation

L.A. Unleashed lets us know about the Marines releasing a Red-tailed Hawk and a few other birds that they nursed back to health. Share on Facebook

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California Condor and Golden Eagle

August 21st, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird videos, Birding, California Condor

Just happened across this fascinating video of a young California Condor displacing a Golden Eagle. Share on Facebook

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Legislature likely to pass major anti-sprawl measure

August 21st, 2008 · Comments Off · Global Warming, State Policy

Part of a significant effort by legislators to get California into compliance with AB 32 (which requires the state to get its emissions down to 1990 levels by 2020), state lawmakers are on the verge of sending a major anti-sprawl bill to the governor. There’s more information about the bill over at The Thin Green Line. […]

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O.C. toll road opponents uneasy about land transfer

August 20th, 2008 · Comments Off · Local Policy, Orange County Toll Road (241)

The Orange County Board of Supervisors yesterday transfered 1,200 acres of prime open space to the Rancho Mission Viego Land Trust. The land is part of the Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy, which was created to offset development in 1990. Although the Land Trust states that it will intregrate this land into its open space preserve […]

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Laird Hamilton speaks out against offshore oil drilling

August 20th, 2008 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Federal Policy, Video

This new NRDC video features big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton speaking out against offshore oil drilling and in favor of clean energy. Share on Facebook

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What’s your carbon footprint?

August 20th, 2008 · Comments Off · Global Warming, Nature education and activities

The web provides all sorts of opportunities to determine you or your household’s carbon footprint. Here are just a few that we found: The Inconvenient Truth calculator Nature Conservancy Yahoo Berkeley Institute of the Environment Low Impact Living Environmental Impact Calculator Share on Facebook

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A new lease on life for the L.A. River?

August 19th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Clean Water Act

OK, so it’s not the prettiest river in the state, but the Los Angeles River is one of the potentially most important waterways in Southern California. With its shores long-ago cemented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and covered with graffiti, its waters dry or polluted, the future has long seemed bleak for the […]

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The future of conservation

August 18th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

by Glenn Olson, Executive Director of Audubon California By nearly every standard, this generation of Californians exceeds its predecessors in its passion for protecting the environment. More than ever, people are pressuring their leaders, writing letters to the editor, and showing up in droves to advocate for the preservation of our natural treasures. According to […]

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Bill would protect huge chunk of California open space

August 18th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

The Sacramento Bee reports that Congress is set to vote on a proposal to designate nearly 800,000 acres of California land – an area larger than Rhode Island – as federally protected wilderness. While the Bush administration has proposed oil drilling in the Alaska wilderness and backs a plan to allow loaded guns in national parks, […]

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Gearing up for restoration in San Pablo Bay

August 18th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas

Audubon California and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are gearing up to begin a much-needed wildlife habitat restoration project in the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The area is critical breeding ground for a number of threatened and endangered bird species, including the California Clapper Rail and the California Black Rail. Thousands of migratory […]

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Audubon California joins in suit over O.C. toll road impacts

August 15th, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Orange County Toll Road (241), Uncategorized

Audubon California is one of many environmental and conservation organizations participating in a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service improperly downplayed the potential impacts that the proposed extension of the Orange County Foothill South toll road will have on threatened or endangers species. Share on Facebook

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