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Entries from September 30th, 2008

Governor signs oil spill bills

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

Yesterday, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed several bill designed to greatly improve the state’s prevention and response strategies for oil spills. Passed by the Legislature in the wake of the 2007 Cosco Busan fuel spill in San Francisco Bay, the measures address a wide array of issues. Click here to see Audubon California’s statement. Share on Facebook

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Turkey Vulture video from the Kern River Preserve

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Kern River Preserve

Prior to last weekend’s Turkey Vulture Festival at the Audubon California Kern River Preserve, the Bakersfield California ran this cool video featuring Reed Tollefson, Preserve Manager. By the way, last weekend’s festival went great, we’re told. Enjoy the video. Share on Facebook

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Governor signs Salton Sea restoration bill

September 28th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

Governor Schwarzenegger last night signed S.B. 187, which will begin important restoration work on the Salton Sea. Big thanks to the hundreds of you who helped out our campaign to not get this bill passed in the Legislature, but also to get the Governor’s signature. To learn more about Audubon California’s work on the Salton […]

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Long-billed Curlew

September 27th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird videos

Found this nice video of a Long-billed Curlew on YouTube and thought you might be interested. At Audubon California, we spend a fair amount of time working to monitor and protect this fascinating species. Share on Facebook

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Despite lifting of ban, new offshore drilling unlikely in California

September 27th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, State Policy

Or so that’s the verdict from the Associated Press. We can only hope they’re right. Share on Facebook

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In praise of the Black Phoebe

September 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Birding

The Berkeley Planet has a nice piece on the Black Phoebe: The black phoebe is an admirable bird in many ways. What I appreciate most about it is its identifiability. No other California bird is anything like it: small, black with a white belly, short crest, upright posture. Share on Facebook

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Western state/provinces pitch plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

September 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Global Warming

California is one of seven states and four Canadian provinces that recently announced a proposal to dramatically reduce global warming emissions. The proposal aims to reduce emissions to about 15% below 2005 levels in the next 12 years. This new plan is being offered due to what many regional leaders describe as stonewalling by the […]

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Congress to allow offshore oil drilling ban to expire

September 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

Well, this certainly didn’t turn out the way we would have liked. Bowing to pressure from the White House and Republicans, as well as overwhelming public opinion, Congressional Democrats have announced that they will allow the Congressional ban on offshore drilling to expire Sept. 30. The decision will allow for exploration and drilling beyond three […]

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No Child Left Inside bill passes U.S. House

September 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Federal Policy, Nature education and activities

Big thanks go out to the hundreds of you who wrote to their Congressional representatives to express support for the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 in the last few weeks. Thanks to your help, the bill passed overwhelmingly last week. Audubon California supports this legislation because we believe that connecting children to nature […]

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Common birds declining worldwide

September 24th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding, Conservation research

A recent report from BirdLife International shows that many of the world’s most familiar birds are experiencing rapid declines. The news echoes Audubon’s 2007 Common Birds in Decline analysis which first sounded the alarm. To learn more about declines in California Common Birds, click here. Pictured above is a Northern Pintail, one of California’s rapidly […]

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Toll road public hearing update

September 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Orange County Toll Road (241)

According to the L.A. Times, today’s public hearing before a Department of Commerce panel was something of a mess. Of course, if you read the flackage from the TCA PR firms, it was a tremendous victory for toll road supporters. Thankfully, just because your PR firm says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. Share on Facebook

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Survey observes nearly 395,000 Tricolored Blackbirds in California

September 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Tricolored Blackbird

A recent survey of Tricolored Blackbirds in California recorded nearly 395,000 birds, significantly more than other recent surveys of this species which has experienced significant declines over the last 50 years. The survey was coordinated by Audubon California in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The survey – part of Audubon California’s ongoing effort […]

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More on Sandhill Cranes

September 21st, 2008 · Comments Off · Birding

The Sacramento Bee has still more on upcoming tours to watch Sandhill Cranes make their annual visit to California’s Central Valley. Share on Facebook

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11 pelicans found with broken wings at Bolsa Chica

September 20th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas

The L.A. Times reports today that 11 pelicans have been found with broken wings. The injuries appear to have been intentionally perpetrated, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information about who might be responsible. Brown Pelicans have been making a notable comeback in recent years after being pressed to […]

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Air Resources Board touts economic benefits of state’s global warming legislation

September 19th, 2008 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Global Warming, State Policy

The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Air Resources Board has released a glowing report on the economic benefits of the state’s ambitious climate change legislation. Audubon California has been working extensively with the state and other environmental groups to ensure that the state’s implementation of global warming legislation includes critical protections for birds, […]

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