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Entries from July 31st, 2009

California poll shows continued support for action on climate change

July 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Conservation research, Polls, State Policy

The Public Policy Institute of California has released the results of its latest survey of California attitudes on public policy and the environment. There’s a lot in there, but here are a few highlights. It is good to see that support for action on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions remains strong, although the issue […]

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Bee calls for $10 vehicle license fee to keep parks open

July 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, State Policy

Faced with the very real prospect of 100 parks being closed due to budget cuts, the Sacramento Bee editorial board supports raising the vehicle license fee. Share on Facebook

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Audubon Center at Debs Park featured on local television news

July 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Nature education and activities, Video, Wildlife photos and video

Channel 7 in Los Angeles is currently running a great piece on the Audubon Center at Debs Park that discusses its important role in introducing urban communities to nature. If you want to learn more about the Center, visit the website. Enjoy: Share on Facebook

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Cause of Bald Eagles’ deaths remains a mystery

July 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Endangered Species Act

The mystery surrounding the deaths of two young Bald Eagles near Stockton near Stockton deepened this past week as researchers revealed that the birds had no obvious signs of injuries and that initial lab examinations have offered few clues. The birds had been spotted by birders in a nest near Campo Seco, and had appeared […]

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Dire forecast for fire season in California and the West

July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Global Warming, State Policy

We’ve been hearing for a while that this fire season might be one of the worst ever, but this new report seems to carry some weight. Although fire is a natural part of the life cycle for native landscapes, repeated burning poses a serious threat to habitats in that it can cause them to change […]

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The surprising and rapid death of a transmission line proposal

July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird Habitat, State Policy

An opinion piece by Nora Shimoda in the Daily Democrat last week looks at the stunning collapse of a controversial proposal to build transmission lines through northern California. The Transmission Agency of Northern California announced the plan in May, and by mid-July the plan was toast. Conservation organizations had called for more public input into […]

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Starr Ranch hummingbird highlights

July 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Video, Wildlife photos and video

One enthusiastic viewer of the Starr Ranch Black-chinned Humming bird webcam put together some nice clips of the third nesting cycle that just began recently. Enjoy: Share on Facebook

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Wardens say they can’t guard new ocean sactuaries

July 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, seabirds, State Policy

It’s disheartening to hear from California game wardens that new coastal protected areas may not be enforceable due to lack of funding for wardens. Although the article focuses on marine fisheries, the Marine Life Protection Act is also very important to seabird breeding and foraging areas. Audubon California and local chapters have been very much […]

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A Big Win for the California Coast

July 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

By a margin of 43-28 the California State Assembly just defeated the very bad idea of opening up a stretch of coastline off Santa Barbara to oil drilling. It’s a great victory for the Coast which is home to many of our state’s most sensitive bird habitats. Congratulations to our elected representatives led by Assembly […]

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How the state budget deal breaks down for conservation

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, State Policy

Details for the state budget are now coming out and it is clearly a mixed bag for conservation. The major environmental setback in the deal to be voted on later today is inclusion of the highly contentious oil drilling scheme aimed at Tranquillon Ridge off the Santa Barbara Coast. The deal would allow a Texas […]

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Yellow-billed Magpies in Yolo County

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Conservation research, Video, Wildlife photos and video

Vance Russell recently shot some footage of Yellow-billed Magpies for our video promoting our recent survey. This video contains some of that raw footage. The survey went great, by the way, and you can see the final report here. Share on Facebook

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Western Grebes still not nesting at Clear Lake

July 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research

Although Western Grebes continue to be a common sight at Clear Lake, they still aren’t breeding successfully there. Local birders recall that as recently as five years ago, chicks were everywhere. Locals blame the loss of reliable food supplies for the sudden change. Share on Facebook

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State Parks: the budget deal’s other bitter pill

July 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, State Policy

While the apparent green-lighting of new offshore oil drilling wins takes the cake as the budget deal’s biggest insult to the environment, the reduction of $8 million from California State Parks runs a close second. Because this amount will probably “only” result in the closure of 30 State Parks, as opposed to the 220 proposed […]

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New report: One out of five Americans can call themselves birders

July 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Birding, Federal Policy

This writer isn’t particularly thrilled when he sees those occasional reports saying how much birders contribute to the economy — and this latest report from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service called “Birding in the United States: a Demographic and Economic Analysis” is definitely one of those reports. Distilling the value of birding to simple […]

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Starr Ranch hummingbird cam back in business

July 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Video, Wildlife photos and video

We had just started thinking that the Starr Ranch hummingbird webcam was out of business until next year when another bird took over the nest last week. So we’re back in business. Looks like we have at least two eggs. If all goes well, expect them to hatch early in August. Enjoy. Share on Facebook

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