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Entries from March 31st, 2009

Time and tide at Point Reyes

March 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

Verlyn Klinkenborg of the New York Times writes about a recent visit to Pt. Reyes Station and his appreciation of that natural beauty that the recent Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project has brought to the area: Vultures flare just above my head, and quail start across the lawn. An osprey dangles in the stiff wind, then […]

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The birds of Highland Park

March 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

The Audubon Center at Debs Park is highlighted in this interesting post about the birds of Highland Park. For those who don’t know, Highland Park is a fairly dense urban area just northeast of downtown Los Angeles. But just because it’s urban doesn’t mean there aren’t terrific natural spaces there. Anyone who has visited the […]

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Urban birds in Los Angeles

March 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Birding, urban conservation

Hector Tobar in an interesting piece running in today’s LA Times reports on the spectacle of exotic bird species now established in the greater LA area. Changes in landuse, water availability and landscaping have helped the relative newcomers become established in the area far from their normal ranges. Share on Facebook

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Graham Chisholm: AB 708 would slow a poaching epidemic

March 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, State Policy

Audubon California Director of Conservation Graham Chisholm has an opinion piece in today’s Sacramento Bee on the rising challenge that illegal poaching is presenting to the state’s native wildlife: When state game wardens searched a Gilroy hunter’s home last year, they found the carcasses of 253 ducks and 58 geese, way over the limit of […]

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Reveling in raptors

March 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

The San Diego Union-Tribune writes about the folks who head to Borrego Springs to watch the hawk migrations: Share on Facebook

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The birds of Alcatraz

March 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Federal Policy

Our friends at the Golden Gate Audubon Society recently sent out an interesting link via their listserv to a report by the National Park Service regarding colonial waterbirds breeding on Alcatraz Island. Among these birds are Brandt’s  and Pelagic Cormorants, Western Gulls, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Oystercatchers, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Egrets, and Snowy Egrets. As […]

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Ninety years of birdwatchers’ notes going online

March 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

CNN has a story online about how the U.S. Geological Survey is going to digitize about 6 million note cards from citizen science bird surveys dating back more than a century: The cards include personal observations made by the birders. Their personal information, along with recorded bird data about the abundance, arrival, departure and location […]

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Volunteers sought for Owens Lake Spring Big Day, April 18

March 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Local Policy

Eastern Sierra Audubon is looking for volunteers to help out during its Owens Lake Spring Big Day, April 18. This survey will be focused on the dust control project and should take roughly half a day. Eastern Sierra Audubon’s website has all the information. RSVP to Mike Prather here, or call him at (760) 876-5807. […]

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Santa Barbara’s innovative artificial nesting habitat for Brandt’s Cormorants

March 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Local Policy, State Policy, urban conservation

There’s a great bird conservation success story going on off Haskell’s Beach in Ellwood these days. For some time, Brandt’s Cormorants, Brown Pelicans and other birds have been using the defunct remains of an old oil company pier for nesting habitat. When liability concerns prompted officials to consider taking the structure down a few years ago, Santa […]

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A few native plant garden tours

March 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat

A while back we told you about some new research showing that native plants in yards actually attracted more birds and butterflies. In light of this information, we thought you might be interested to know of a few native plant garden tours coming to Southern and Northern California in the next few weeks. The first, […]

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Los Angeles third graders to help California Least Terns at Venice Beach

March 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities

The Los Angeles Times Greenspace blog has a great article about third graders from Leo Politi Elementary School in South Los Angeles who will join other volunteers this Saturday for an annual effort to spruce up California Least Tern habitat on Venice Beach: Their tasks will include preparing the returning colony’s 8-acre nesting site by uprooting […]

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Assembly: a look back in pictures

March 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California Assembly, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, California State Parks, Wildlife photos and video

Although the 2009 Audubon California Assembly is more than a week behind us, we’re still rounding up photos from the event. We thought we’d share a few of these with you. All photos are by Alison Sheehey unless otherwise noted. Share on Facebook

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Transmission line development is a vexing issue for conservationists

March 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

The increased push to develop new energy transmission corridors has created a vexing situation for conservationists who, on the one hand, want to encourage alternative energy resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and who, on the other hand, want to protect open space habitat. Salon has an interesting article on this issue which we will […]

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Video: Andrea Jones talks about CA Important Bird Areas maps and documentation

March 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Local Policy, State Policy, Video

As we mentioned earlier, Audubon California has just released a great deal of information about the state’s Important Bird Areas. In this video, Andrea Jones, director of Important Bird Areas for Audubon California, talks about the release and how you can easily access the materials on our website. Share on Facebook

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Lead-free success reported in Audubon Magazine

March 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, State Policy

Audubon Magazine’s blog, The Perch, has a brief story about California’s success with lead-free ammunition in the California Condor range. Quoted is Dan Taylor, our director of public policy. Share on Facebook

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