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Entries from April 30th, 2009

The swallows return to L.A.

April 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, California State Parks, urban conservation, Wildlife photos and video

Recently, Angelinos have been witnessing huge flocks on Vaux’s swifts in and around downtown LA.  Here at the Audubon Center at Debs Park, we have been seeing White-throated and Vaux’s, plus several swallow species. Just downstream from us at the new Los Angeles State Historic Park, the cliff swallows return every year, and the folks (Thomas […]

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Salton Sea restoration bill moves forward

April 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee this week approved Senate Bill 51 (Ducheny) which will create a new planel to oversee restoration of the Salto Sea. Audubon California, along with groups such as Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Pacific Institute, and the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance all back this legislation, which will go a long way […]

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A lofty idea that’s for the birds

April 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

In an elegant opinion piece in today’s Los Angeles Times, author Olivia Gentile argues that we should devote more resources to the protection of threatened bird species. Some environmentalists talk about saving species because we have a moral imperative to do so. Others emphasize that we never know when a plant or animal will prove […]

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Yellow-billed Magpie Madness June 5-8

April 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research

OK, it’s just a survey, but a very important one. And we’ll need your help. On June 5-8, Audubon California and our partners are going to hold a statewide survey of Yellow-billed Magpies. We’ll be asking volunteers to count magpie sightings during this period and enter their observations on eBird. We’ll use the data to […]

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Adjusting the Starr Ranch Owl Cam

April 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

You wouldn’t think that a simple camera cleaning and adjustment would be so interesting, but yet it is. Check out the defensive posturing from the Barn Owls yesterday at Starr Ranch when Ranch Manager Pete DeSimone goes in to make some improvements. Rest assured, they were back to sleep minutes after this was shot. Share […]

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Legislation to protect state parks clears first hurdle

April 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Orange County Toll Road (241), State Policy

The California Senate Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation to  protect the beauty and integrity of California´s state parks by preventing their conversion for private or corporate use. The bill is Senate Bill 679 from Senator Lois Wolk of Davis. Audubon California supports this legislation because, as we learned with the proposal to build a […]

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Condor chick hatched near Pinnacles

April 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Reports of the first Condor nest in San Benito County in more than 70 years on a private ranch. Share on Facebook

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Gov’t overturns Bush changes to Endangered Species Act rules

April 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

The Obama Administration today revoked changes to the Endangered Species Act rules that allowed federal agencies to move forward on certain projects without consulting government wildlife experts. This is a huge victory for endangered species throughout the United States, and a huge victory for conservation groups, including Audubon, that argued strongly that the Bush Administration […]

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Cool Swainson’s Hawk live nest cam*

April 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, urban conservation, Video

* Note: Just heard via the Sacramento Bee that this nest has collapsed and the webcam turned off (5/27/09) Someone just sent us a link to this great live webcam of a Swainson’s Hawk nest in Natomas (Sacramento). More about the webcam can be found after the jump: Share on Facebook

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Poaching bill sails through first committee test

April 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

This just in: the Audubon California-backed bill to substantially increase penalties for poaching just passed in the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife committee with a unanimous vote. Several members of the committee asked to be co-authors. Thanks to all those who reached out to the committee to ask for their support. Share on Facebook

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More research showing that lead ammunition could be harming humans, as well as condors

April 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Federal Policy, State Policy

With the passage of Assembly Bill 821 in 2007, California banned the use of lead ammunition in California Condor habitat. The reason for this — as we’ve stated elsewhere — is that condors are often poisoned by lead when they feed on carcasses left behind by hunters. An increasing amount of research is showing that […]

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Video update from the Heron Festival

April 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Nature education and activities

Last weekend, Audubon California was out at the annual Heron Festival in Clear Lake. We had a great time, and got a chance to catch up with our friends at Redbud Audubon (co-presenter of the event) and Altacal Audubon. Share on Facebook

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Help us get tougher penalties for poaching

April 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

Audubon California is supporting Assembly Bill 708, which greatly increases penalties for poaching in California. According to the State Department of Fish & Game, poaching violations rose from 6,538 in 2003 to 17,840 in 2007, with sensitive species of geese and ducks taking the hardest hit. AB 708 gets its first hearing before the Assembly’s […]

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Nevada Loon Festival canceled — lake is drying up

April 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities

Sure, this isn’t California, but it’s close enough to give one pause. Every year, folks at Walker Lake in northern Nevada hold a festival dedicated to migrating loons. But not this year — the water’s gone, and so are the loons. Share on Facebook

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Some say that now is the time to buy land for conservation

April 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, Federal Policy, State Policy

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article today about some in the conservation world who feel that the combination of a down economy and increased federal spending may mean that this is the perfect time to purchase land and set it aside. Share on Facebook

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