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Entries from October 31st, 2009

More on oil spill

October 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, yesterday’s oil spill may have been larger than originally estimated, but still not nearly as large as the Cosco Busan spill two years ago. Apparently, the mayor’s office and other officials are estimating that as much as 1,000 gallons of bunker fuel may have spilled into the bay, quite a […]

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Bird by Bird

October 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Birding, Resources

What if someone committed to sketching one bird a day and putting in online? It might look something like this. Share on Facebook

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Expect some bird impacts from S.F. Bay oil spill

October 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

While today’s spill appears to be relatively small (at this point), officials are saying that it’s unlikely that no birds will be affected. Then there’s this, from the latest coverage in the Chronicle: Lt. Rob Roberts, of the Department of Fish and Game, said state officials had found no evidence of oil on birds or […]

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Oil spill update

October 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Still not a lot of information about today’s oil spill in San Francisco Bay, but we do have some. Preliminary estimates are that less than 100 gallons of bunker oil escaped into the water. Bear in mind, that’s VERY preliminary. No one claims to know for sure. What we do know for sure is that […]

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Oil spill in S.F. Bay

October 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

We’re not sure how big this morning’s spill is at this point — in fact, no one seems to know. But we’re following it closely. We all remember the Cosco Busan spill and the horrible impact it had on Bay birds. Share on Facebook

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Audubon advocates for South Coast seabird protections

October 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, seabirds, State Policy

By working together, Audubon California and several Southern California chapters and members may have successfully ensured that the interests of seabirds will be taken into consideration during deliberations on the creation of marine protected areas from Point Conception to the border with Mexico. Last week, Audubon presented a coordinated position before a key Blue Ribbon […]

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Water reform package moving forward, but conflicts remain

October 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, State Policy, Water issues

That’s today’s headline from the Capitol Weekly, a publication that supposedly has the inside track on doings in Sacramento. It’s a little more optimistic than the Los Angeles Times’ take on things. Our inside information tells us that there is a decent chance that lawmakers will pull off some kind of water legislation, but that […]

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Lewis’s Woodpecker irruption at Bobcat Ranch

October 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

Audubon California staff at our Bobcat Ranch Sanctuary in Yolo County just completed a survey of Lewis’s Woodpecker, and counted a whopping 206 birds. They report at most seeing 10-12 at a time before this, so this qualifies as a huge irruption year. Share on Facebook

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Albatrosses bred in captivity in Japan reach San Francisco

October 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, seabirds

Always amazing to hear about the travels of albatrosses, which makes this story particularly interesting. This is the first time that albatrosses bred in captivity have been tracked so far. Share on Facebook

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California water legislation at a standstill

October 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy, Water issues

That’s the headline of today’s article in the Los Angeles Times describing the current state of talks to reform California troubled water infrastructure. While many of the big issues seem to be resolved, lawmakers are locked up on myriad details and regional issues. Just so you know, Audubon California is still involved, advocating for birds […]

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Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act moves through Congress

October 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society

This morning, the House Natural Resources Committee passed a bill reauthorizing the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act at significantly higher funding levels than previous years. The committee passed an amendment to HR 2213 that increases the funding level for the program from $6.5 million to $15 million by 2015. The Senate Environment and Public Works […]

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Getting to work at the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

October 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, S.F. Bay

A bunch of folks from Audubon California were out at the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge today watching work get started on our 250-acre project to restore and enhance wetland habitat. The area is part of the San Pablo Bay Wetlands Important Bird Area. We’ll be doing lots of stuff out there over the […]

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California parks aren’t really staying open

October 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, Nature education and activities, State Policy

Peter Fimrite at the San Francisco Chronicle takes a closer look at that promise to keep all State Parks open, despite massive budget cuts. He finds out that many parks are going to only be open on weekends, and nearly all will experience partial closures: The California State Parks won’t be closed, except during the […]

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Report may pave the way for wildlife-friendly wind power in Monterey County

October 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Conservation research, Global Warming, Local Policy

A joint report from the Ventana Wildlife Society and the Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project says that smaller, community wind energy projects can be done in Monterey County without hurting the California Condor. The findings isolate a specific area — a stretch of the Salinas Valley between Gonzales and King City — that should […]

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Vote today for Audubon California’s Bird of the Year

October 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Nature education and activities, Peregrine Falcon, seabirds, Western Snowy Plover

Just a reminder that voting is underway for Audubon California’s 2009 Bird of the Year. Cast your vote today: Share on Facebook

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