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Entries from February 27th, 2009

Take a stand on S.F. Bay sewage spills

February 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Local Policy

If you live in the Bay Area, take a moment to click here and let your Congressional representatives know that you’ve had enough of these sewage spills into the Bay and that you would like their help in putting a stop to this ongoing crisis. This week, there have been at least four major releases […]

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L.A. Times: Climate change could be culprit in January pelican deaths

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Global Warming

The Los Angeles Times this week takes another look at the mysterious die-off of Brown Pelicans that took place in January and finds at least one researcher who attributes it not only to weather, but to climate change. Share on Facebook

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S.F. Bay sewage spill coverage

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Local Policy

the Associated Press today offers a round-up of the major sewage spills hitting San Francisco Bay over the last couple of weeks. Meanwhile the Contra Costa Times editorializes that it’s high time someone put a stop to this nonsense. Share on Facebook

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State Fish and Game Department is worth your attention

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · State Policy

Interesting editorial in the Sacramento Bee today about the California Department of Fish and Game. While the piece is built around the State Senate Rules Committee hearing today to consider the permanent appointment of the department’s interim director, it makes some important points about the importance of this agency to California’s outdoors: This state agency […]

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Are you on Facebook? Audubon California is.

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Conservation research

If you’re on Facebook, go to Audubon California’s Page and sign on as a Fan. It’s yet another great way to keep up-to-date on what we’re doing on behalf of birds and nature in California. As we build out our Facebook presence, we’ll have special offers for Facebook members and new features that you’ll only […]

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L.A. looking to rehabitilate Lake Machado

February 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Local Policy, urban conservation

According to the Los Angeles Times, the City of Los Angeles is beginning a process to rehabilitate Lake Machado, which is located in Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. You probably would have never heard of Lake Machado or the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park had it not been for a particularly dangerous non-native species, namely […]

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More sewage in S.F. Bay? Really?

February 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Got word last night of another huge spill of untreated sewage in the San Francisco Bay last night, this time in Richmond. (Remember the last one?) Further inquiries this morning alerted us to at least three sewage spills in the East Bay since Sunday, resulting in at least 850,000 gallons of treated and untreated sewage, […]

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L.A. Times: Winter unveils Southern California’s wonders

February 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird Habitat

OK, so it’s not specifically about birds, but this column by Hector Tobar in today’s Los Angeles Times is fine celebration of the great outdoors of Southern California — a kind of nature writing that one doesn’t encounter all that often anymore. The piece also features a quote from Jeff Chapman, who heads the Audubon Center at […]

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Starr Ranch Barn Owl web cam enhanced with viewer comments

February 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Video, Wildlife photos and video

The folks at the Audubon California Starr Ranch have been getting so many interesting comments from people all over the world about the live Barn Owl webcam that they decided to put a blog at the bottom of the page so everyone can share their comments and observations. The result is pretty interesting as some folks […]

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Rossmoor Woodpeckers update

February 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

We’re still waiting for a final decision from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on the depradation permit it issued to residents of Rossmoor to kill up to 50 Acorn Woodpeckers. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the Service has sent out experts to evaluate the situation. We’re hopeful that this […]

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Southern California birding in Los Angeles Magazine

February 20th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, urban conservation, Wildlife photos and video

This month’s issue of Los Angeles Magazine has a nice feature about birding in Southern California. While that article isn’t online, the magazine does have a bunch of web extras that are pretty interesting, including a nice feature about Western Snowy Plovers on L.A. beaches, a slide show on area birds with sound (really cool), and […]

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L.A. Times: A dumb diesel deal

February 20th, 2009 · Comments Off · State Policy

The Los Angeles Times today editorializes on perhaps the worst insult to the environment to come out of this week’s budget deal in Sacramento: the agreement to delay implementation of new emissions limits for off-road vehicles, such as construction equipment. Share on Facebook

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Caltrans Bald Eagle Cam looking great

February 19th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding

Thanks to a tip, we’ve just become aware of the Caltrans Eagle Cam in Redding along Highway 44. Looks like the Bald Eagles in the nest have a few eggs. And yeah, there is something really cool about watching Bald Eagles. Share on Facebook

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Breath of Fresh Air in the Salton Sea

February 19th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Landowner Stewardship, Salton Sea

Audubon’s Imperial Valley Landowner Stewardship Coordinator Al Kalin works with Salton Sea Wildlife Refuge to restore a dewatered bay in the Salton Sea.  Click here to see the full article. Share on Facebook

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Flotsam at Richardson Bay

February 19th, 2009 · Comments Off · Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

So, sometimes when there’s a big storm in the San Francisco Bay, random things wash up on the short of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Sometimes these random things are boats. Check out the Center’s latest guest on their live webcam. (UPDATE 2/20: It’s off the beach now, but it was fun while it […]

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