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Entries from December 23rd, 2008

One of three Big Sur condor chicks found dead

December 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Scientists with the Ventana Wildlife Society this week found one of three area California Condor chicks dead after receiving a “mortality signal” from its radio transmiter. With condor numbers still so low, every lost chick is a major setback for the species’ overall recovery. The cause of death is currently unknown, but the body is being […]

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Christmas Bird Count on the radio

December 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Christmas Bird Count

KPCC public radio in Los Angles featured a nice segment on the Christmas Bird Count in Southern California recently. Graham Chisholm, our director of conservation, and Garry George, chapter network director, were both featured. Check it out here. Share on Facebook

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Some concerned about Novato wetlands restoration project

December 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

The San Francisco Chronicle today explains that some in the environmental community have concerns about the ongoing Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project in Novato. Barabara Salzman of the Marin Audubon Society expresses impacts on Gallinas and Miller creeks, and the species that frequent these areas. Share on Facebook

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Columnist calls out Rossmoor homeowners on woodpecker issue

December 19th, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

Interesting column from Gary Bogue in today’s Contra Costa Times on the Rossmoor Acorn Woodpecker issue. He gives some very specific ideas on what YOU can do to stop the killing of the birds. Share on Facebook

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Rossmoor homeowners vow to go ahead with woodpecker shoot

December 18th, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

The Contra Costa Times is reporting that two homeowners groups in Rossmoor have reaffirmed their intention to use a U.S. Fish & Wildlife permit to shoot Acorn Woodpeckers that are building granaries in several homes. Despite an ongoing effort from the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society to bring in experts and even pay for possible solutions, the […]

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OC Register: Orange County Toll Road is dead

December 18th, 2008 · Comments Off · Important Bird Areas, Orange County Toll Road (241), Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The Orange County Register gets into the story of the Commerce denial of the toll road appeal and declares the project dead. The Los Angeles Times weighs in as well. Share on Facebook

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It’s official: TCA tollroad appeal denied

December 18th, 2008 · Comments Off · Important Bird Areas, Orange County Toll Road (241), Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The U.S. Department of Commerce today upheld the California Coastal Commission’s recent decision that the proposed Orange County tollroad extension was inconsistent with the state’s coastal zone management program. The Transportation Corridor Agencies, which had wanted to build the toll road through some of the last pristine habitat in Southern Orange County, had appealed the Coastal […]

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Orange County Toll Road update

December 18th, 2008 · Comments Off · Orange County Toll Road (241)

Hearing rumors that a decision from the Secretary of Commerce could come today on the fate of the proposed Orange County toll road extension, and that it might be good news. More as we hear it. Share on Facebook

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A big year for Audubon California

December 17th, 2008 · Comments Off · Video

Audubon California had a big year in 2008. Here are few of the highlights: Share on Facebook

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Sad news from Crescent City

December 16th, 2008 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Christmas Bird Count

The Audubon family lost one of its own over the weekend when Onik Arian was swept off a jetty in Crescent City while taking part in the annual Christmas Bird Count. Arian had been very active in the Conejo Valley Audubon Society. Truly sad news. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. […]

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Serious snow at the Audubon California Kern River Preserve

December 16th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Kern River Preserve

OK, so most of California has been on the receiving end of the serious weather for the past few days. But our colleagues at the Kern River Preserve woke up Monday to some serious snow. Ace photographer Alison Sheehey captured some of the scenery on film. More photos below the fold. Share on Facebook

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Check out the live Starr Ranch Barn Owl Cam

December 15th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Have you ever checked out the live Starr Ranch Barn Owl Cam? It’s pretty cool. Server limitations keep us from broadcasting late at night, but that’s when the owls are out of the nest, so you’re not missing anything. During the day, as you can see, they mostly just sleep. In a few months, hopefully, […]

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Native grassland restoration at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch

December 15th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Video

We were out at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch in Winters, California, last week and had the pleasure of looking at some of the great work being done there by Vance Russell and the staff of the Audubon California Landowner Stewardship Program. One of our favorite sites on the property is an extensive field of native […]

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Christmas Bird Count at Bobcat Ranch

December 15th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Christmas Bird Count

Nice story in today’s Sacramento Bee about yesterday’s Christmas Bird Count at the Audubon California Bobcat Ranch Sanctuary in Yolo County. This count was part of a larger Putah Creek count, and included a bunch of Audubon California staffers from the Landowner Stewardship Program. Share on Facebook

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New non-lead ammo spells good news for California Condor

December 12th, 2008 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, State Policy

According to a recent report commissioned by Audubon California, the continued use of lead ammunition is the primary obstacle to the California Condor ever existing in the wild without substantial human assistance. Condors often feed on carcasses left behind by hunters, and in so doing often ingest dangerously high levels of lead from ammunition. So the […]

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