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Entries from October 31st, 2008

Sacramento Hummingbird bath

October 31st, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding

Barbara Steinberg of California Travel Insider recently shared this video of a hummingbird taking a bath in the rain outside her kitchen.  Share on Facebook

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Less than half of birds rescued in S.F. oil spill survived

October 31st, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, urban conservation

As the one-year anniversary of the San Francisco Bay oil spill draws near comes the sad news (via L.A. Times Greenspace) from the Oiled Wildlife Network that less than half of the birds rescued during the crisis survived. In fact, fewer than 40% made it back into the wild. A lot of those birds were picked up […]

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Cougars at the Audubon California Starr Ranch Sanctuary

October 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Wildlife photos and video

Motion sensor cameras set up at the Audubon California Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County to track cougars have caught several candid photos of the shy cats. The project is part of a larger effort to locate lions for a new trapping and collaring study. More photos after the jump, including a bobcat. Here, kitty kitty kitty … […]

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Sierra fires more damaging, partly because of how we fight them

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy

The Los Angeles Times today writes about a new report that shows that fires in the Sierra are larger, more frequent, and more damaging in the last two decades, partly because of the way the government fights them. Climate is playing some role, the study said. But it blamed a bigger factor: Federal efforts to […]

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Dusky Warbler makes a wrong turn and winds up in … Santa Cruz

October 28th, 2008 · Comments Off · Birding

The Santa Cruz Sentinel tells the story of a Dusky Warbler that apparently made a wrong turn somewhere in Asia and landed near Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, sparking a frenzy of bird enthusiasts to take a look. The bird has been spotted in North America just 10 times since the 1970s, most […]

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The Carbon Breakfast Club

October 28th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Global Warming, State Policy

It’s early morning in Yolo County, and eight or so locals, some in cowboy hats, who look like they should be out riding the range, are instead situated around a conference table, eating bagels and drinking coffee. Meet the Carbon Breakfast Club – a group of ranchers, researchers, regulators and environmentalists led in part by […]

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California Thrasher video

October 27th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Video

Nice video of one of our favorite birds, the California Thrasher, doing a bit of talking. Share on Facebook

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Bald Eagle returns to Highway 44 near Sacramento River

October 27th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

It was a big deal last year when CalTrans tried to “encourage” the inhabitants of a bald eagles’ nest to leave in the face of a nearby bridge building project. Turns out that perhaps one of the eagles has returned to the nest, according to the Record Searchlight. Perhaps the Bald Eagle is as put […]

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Birding on the Net

October 26th, 2008 · Comments Off · Birding

You may have noticed that we recently added a link in our blogroll to Birding on the Net, a great site for tracking birding observations all over the United States and beyond. Share on Facebook

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Northern CA wetlands coming back to life

October 26th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas

The Los Angeles Times reports today on the National Parks Service’s ongoing work restoring the Giacomini Wetlands at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. The site is particularly important for birds along the Pacific Flyway. Birds already throng to Point Reyes, which is on the Pacific Flyway. Roughly 45% of North American bird species can be found in the area. […]

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More on Tracy swallows

October 25th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Video

The Sacramento Bee follows up on the story we highlighted earlier about all the swallows descending on a farm in Tracy. Nice story plus photos and video. Share on Facebook

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Game wardens play important role in protecting nature

October 24th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Resources, State Policy

If you’re reading this blog, it is likely that you care deeply about protecting and conserving California’s birds and outdoor treasures. What you may not know is the front line role played in this effort by California’s game wardens. For every federal or state law or administrative ruling that we succeed in enacting to protect […]

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A million swallows over Tracy

October 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding

Local TV news put up this raw footage of “a million” swallows over a cornfield in Tracy, stopping over on the their way down south.

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In a rush to relax Endangered Species Act rules

October 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

In its rush to relax important rules related to the Endangered Species Act before the current president leaves office, Interior Department officials are hastily reviewing more than 200,000 public comments, reports the San Francisco Chronicle today. The department has given itself just 32 hours to perform the work, remarkable given that typically such reviews take six […]

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USFWS recommends delisting of Inyo California Towhee

October 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas

As part of its regular review of listed species under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this month recommended delisting the Inyo California Towhee, a subspecies of the California Towhee. The species is currently listed as Threatened. The Argus Range-Southern Important Bird Area is dedicated to this species. Share on Facebook

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