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Entries from May 31st, 2009

California forests hold one answer to climate change

May 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Global Warming, State Policy

Today’s Los Angeles Times features a long look by Margot Roosevelt at how California’s natural landscapes can play an important role in the state’s efforts to reduce global greenhouse emissions. The article focuses on forests, and how an investment in conservation can result in the trapping of a great deal of carbon:  In the struggle over how […]

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Invasive plants cost California at least $82 million each year

May 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Recent study by the California Invasive Plant Council shows they cost the state $82 million each year.  Click here to see details. Share on Facebook

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Feds seek duo who plundered Snowy Plover nest in No. Cal.

May 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Western Snowy Plover

  Federal authorities are seeking two women who were caught on video removing Western Snowy Plover eggs on Clam Beach in Northern California. The camera had been set up by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to monitor a threatened nest. The Service is asking the two people in the video to identify themselves to law […]

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More on potential state park closures

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, California State Parks, State Policy

Peter Fimrite of the San Francisco Chronicle today takes a look at the massive proposed cuts to California State Parks and paints a picture that is far from pretty: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest proposal to tackle the state’s $24.3 billion shortfall includes the elimination of all general fund contributions to California’s 279 parks within two years. […]

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Obama Administration to call a ‘timeout’ on road building in National Forests

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. Forest Service will call a halt  to new road-building and other development in National Forests. A ban on such development was first announced in the final days of the Clinton Administration, but the rule was undercut by President Bush, who exempted large portions of federal land. Share on […]

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Study provides hope that damaged ecosystems can bounce back

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research

A new study conducted by researchers with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies indicates that some damaged ecosystems can recover within one human lifetime if people commit to restoration and conservation. Although the research was by no means limited to California, the work provides hope to all of us in the state’s conservation […]

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Duck painting wins California stamp contest

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

If you’re not familiar with the California duck stamp, today’s Sacramento Bee provides an interesting overview of both the program and this year’s art contest. Share on Facebook

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Governor proposes massive cuts to state parks

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

You might recall the battles waged last year over the proposed closures of California State Parks. Well, if this report is to be believed, you haven’t see anything yet. Along with other massive cuts to state services and supports, Schwarzenegger is apparently proposing to close 80 percent of the state’s parks: The governor’s budget also […]

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Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary to host marine debris event May 30

May 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Tiburon will host Our Plastic Oceans on Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event, which will include fun and entertaining activities for all ages, is intended to help the community understand the problem of plastics entering San Francisco Bay and our oceans. Featured activities […]

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Natomas Swainson’s Hawk nest featured in popular webcam collapses

May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Video, Wildlife photos and video

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that a Swainson’s Hawk nest featured in a popular online webcam has collapsed, killing the unhatched young. The webcam has apparently been shut down. Word apparently came from Michael Bradbury, the researcher who organized the effort. This blog featured the cam in an earlier post, and judging by the traffic […]

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Landfill methane towers pose danger to perched raptors

May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

None of the examples in this story are from California, but we have to imagine that the problem exists here to some degree. Apparently, when these landfills do their occasional methane burns through their towers, they frequently scorch raptors perched there. Share on Facebook

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Officials renew calls for water bond

May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

There are a lot of issues out there that have been ominously staring conservationists in the face, and one of them is the looming problem of water in California. Indeed, the problems with our current water delivery infrastructure are so dire that officials this week restated their desire to place an roughly $10 billion water […]

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How will state budget cuts impact conservation?

May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, State Policy

That’s a good question, and one that lots of people in our business are asking. With the failure of the budget-related ballot initiatives last week, all of Sacramento is talking about the substantial cuts that will be necessary to get the state’s fiscal situation under control. We’re watching carefully to see what impact all this […]

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L.A. Audubon working with high school kids to bring the Cactus Wren back to Culver City

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

Nice article in today’s Los Angeles Times about a group of high school kids working to bring the Cactus Wren back to the recently-restored Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, an area that hasn’t seen the bird in decades. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park is a panorama of undeveloped hills and wilderness where gray foxes still […]

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NY Times looks into Condor shootings

May 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

The New York Times today delves into the recent shootings of two California Condors. Share on Facebook

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