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Entries from June 30th, 2009

Blue-throated Hummingbird spotted at Kern River Preserve*

June 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

Anyone who has ever visited the Audubon California Kern River Preserve can attest that near its headquarters it has one of the most active hummingbird feeders out there. Well, this week, a group of birders from the Tulare County Audubon Society noticed an unusually large hummingbird at the feeder and managed to snap some photos. […]

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California led the way on climate change legislation

June 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Federal Policy, Global Warming, State Policy

Pat yourself on the back, California. The big vote on climate change legislation in the House of Representatives last week wouldn’t have been possible without California leading the way years ago. So explains the San Francisco Chronicle. Share on Facebook

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Richardson Bay researchers freeze for eelgrass

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Researchers from the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary braved the cold and windy San Francisco mornings last week to set up a field experiment that will improve eelgrass restoration techniques in the bay.  By advancing the methods used to restore eelgrass, the results from this research will hopefully help us to increase the amount […]

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House approves new wetlands conservation funding

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

While most of the fireworks last week in the U.S. House of Representatives came out of the debate on climate change legislation, lawmakers found time to approve $52 million for wetlands restoration. Share on Facebook

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Plover protections at Surf Beach

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

The Santa Maria Times is tracking the number of violations to the Western Snowy Plover protections at Surf Beach, just west of Lompoc. Share on Facebook

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Climate change legislation will directly help birds in California

June 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Global Warming

So no doubt you’ve heard about the House passing landmark climate change legislation this afternoon. Sounds great, you might remark, but what does it have to do with birds? Actually, it has everything to do with birds. Research completed earlier this year by Audubon California shows that unless we take dramatic steps to curb greenhouse […]

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Climate change bill passes House

June 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Global Warming

Just moments ago, the House voted 219 to 212 to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454). This bill will help put our nation on a path to a clean energy economy, will create jobs, increase national security, and help species adapt to a warming world. Thank you for your calls, your […]

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Judd Hanna on the importance of restricting the use of lead ammunition

June 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, State Policy, Video

Judd Hanna spoke eloquently this week before the California Fish and Game Commission about the importance of restricting the use of lead ammunition — not just to protect the California Condor — but for the good of California as well. Hanna, a hunter himself, was forced off the commission in 2007 for his support of […]

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Working to get climate legislation passed

June 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Federal Policy, Global Warming

Audubon is one of the many conservation and environmental organizations working hard to get the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) passed into law. It’s being debated on the House floor right now. Call your representative and tell him or her to support this important legislation that will make a world of difference […]

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Shorebirds on southbound migration arriving at Richardson Bay

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Local birders are noting the arrival in Richardson Bay of some of the migratory shorebirds that pass through the Bay Area on their journey from their northern breeding grounds to southern wintering habitat (some populations, however, will remain here for the winter). Share on Facebook

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Audubon Film Fridays coming to Debs Park June 26

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Chapters, Birding, Nature education and activities

Summer is a great time to get outside, and the Audubon Center at Debs Park is inviting all members of the nearby community to its annual Audubon Film Fridays events, the first of which is this Friday, June 26. The evening will feature a family nature walk followed by a showing of “Over the Hedge” […]

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Heron making life tough in one part of Oroville

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Local Policy

Folks on one particular block in Oroville are having a hard time with a group of Black-crowned Night Herons that has taken up temporary residence. The birds are a protected species, which makes it difficult for neighbors looking for remedies. Share on Facebook

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Spotted Owls face genetic bottleneck

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

Despite federal protected status, Spotted Owls continue to decline, and that’s a situation that troubles conservationists. One of the causes of this, according to a new article on the Discovery Channel’s website, is a lack of genetic diversity among the Spotted Owl population. Share on Facebook

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DFG report on California Condors offers hope that lead ammo ban is working

June 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, State Policy

The California Fish and Game Commission today heard a report from its scientists that, while not providing conclusive evidence about the benefits of the state’s lead ammunition ban for the California Condor, certainly offers a lot of hope. Although the data on which the report is based suffers from small sample size and other limitations, it does […]

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Add Sialia’s California Birding Lists Digest to your favorite websites

June 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Birding

Of course, the die-hards will still run to the email inbox looking for all the various listserv alers, but Sialia has done a great service in aggregating some of the more popular ones in one place on a daily basis. Birder’s delight. Share on Facebook

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