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Entries from August 31st, 2009

Station Fire hitting Important Bird Area

August 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas

Our thoughts are with the people whose lives and property are in jeopardy from the terrible Station Fire in Southern California today. Every time there is a big fire in California, we get questions about the impacts to birds. We’ll have more about that in a day or so, but we should note that the […]

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Ducks Unlimited conservation chair profiled in Contra Costa Times

August 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research

Paul Bonderson, conservation chair of Ducks Unlimited, is profiled in today’s edition of the Contra Costa Times. Share on Facebook

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Andean Condor recovery program

August 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Interesting story in the Los Angeles Times about efforts to restore the Andean Condor to Columbia. In an effort that is similar to efforts to bring back the California Condor in the States, researchers have had great success. Share on Facebook

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CA renewable energy goals tough to pass through Legislature

August 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Global Warming, Important Bird Areas, State Policy

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article today on the discussion between power companies, environmental groups, labor unions and legislators about getting California’s renewable energy goals passed. Share on Facebook

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San Bernardino Valley Audubon joins in lawsuit to save preserve

August 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

San Bernardino Valley Audubon has joined with the Center for Biological Diversity to sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over its decision to eliminate a preserve for the Stephens kangaroo rat. The preserve also contains important habitat for the Burrowing Owl, Least Bell’s Vireo and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Share on Facebook

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Researchers worried about impact of Pacific Garbage Patch

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

University of California researchers visiting the Pacific Garbage Patch out in the open ocean are expressing fears that the giant pile of plastic debris may be more harmful than originally thought, given that much of the trash is of small enough size to get into the food chain of marine wildlife, including  birds. Share on […]

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Judge strikes blow to Pacheco Pass high-speed rail plan

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Local Policy

A Sacramento Superior Court judge today threw a wrench into plans to run high-speed rail through the Pacheco Pass as part of an ambitious plan to run a line from the Central Valley to the Bay Area. Environmental organizations, including Audubon California, had opposed the Pacheco Pass plan not only because it included significant risk […]

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Tomales Bay shorebird count hits 20th year

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research

The Marin Independent-Journal reports today about the Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Tomales Bay shorebird survey, now entering its 20th year. This is a great count, as Tomales Bay is one of Audubon California’s Important Bird Areas. Share on Facebook

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Pixley National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for birds

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

The Visalia Times-Delta has a nice feature on the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge, located in the Central Valley, and the article notes the incredible birds that frequent the place: For those interested in re-connecting with the natural world, the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge offers several opportunities to catch a glimpse of some of the most […]

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Luke Cole memorial event set for Sept. 26 and 27

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

A while back we reported that several friends of the great Luke Cole were planning on holding a fundraiser bird count in his honor for September. Here are some details. The goal is to count 400 different species in California on those two days — quite a challenge. Anyway, pledges are encouraged for the event, […]

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San Jose considering banning plastic bags

August 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Clean Water Act, Conservation research, Local Policy

San Jose is considering banning the use of plastic bags, which have contributed greatly to ocean pollution, and have been a particular danger to birds. Share on Facebook

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Black Oystercatcher in Santa Cruz

August 21st, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, seabirds, Video, Wildlife photos and video

Nice video of a Black Oystercatcher in Santa Cruz County: Share on Facebook

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Video of California Quail

August 21st, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Video, Wildlife photos and video

Thought you might enjoy this nice YouTube clip of California Quail. After all, it is our state bird. Enjoy: Share on Facebook

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In ongoing battle between birds and planes, birds lose again

August 20th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

The State Senate today approved new legislation that will make it easier for airports to kill birds that officials deem might interfere with airplanes. Senate Bill 481 was approved in the State Assembly earlier this year, and now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The bill was introduced following the incident in New York when […]

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Audubon California teams with private landowners to protect bird habitat in Surprise Valley Important Bird Area

August 20th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Landowner Stewardship

As part of its work with private landowners in one of California’s most remote, but nonetheless ecologically important regions, Audubon California recently helped place a second conservation easement on a ranch in the Surprise Valley – located in the extreme northeastern corner of California, bordering Oregon and Nevada. The Winje Ranch rests along the shores […]

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