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Entries from November 30th, 2009

Western Snowy Plover: nominee for 2009 Bird of the Year

November 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Nature education and activities, Polls, Video, Western Snowy Plover, Wildlife photos and video

The Western Snowy Plover is one of six birds nominated for Audubon California’s 2009 Bird of the Year. Cast your vote today. Share on Facebook

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Safeguarding the Kern River Valley

November 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Nature education and activities

“When I first came here, the emphasis was on planting trees,” says Reed Tollefson, who has been the manager of the Audubon Kern River Preserve for the last 17 years, through ownership by The Nature Conservancy and Audubon California. “Now it’s protecting all this land around us.” Tollefson’s experience at the Preserve is an education […]

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Times features environmental insider Kip Lipper

November 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Clean Water Act, State Policy

Kip Lipper, who is as renowned inside the Capitol as he is anonymous outside, is responsible for some of the nation’s most groundbreaking environmental laws over the last 30 years. The L.A. Times has a fascinating feature on him today. Share on Facebook

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Santa Clara Valley Audubon speaking up for local Burrowing Owl population

November 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Local Policy

The Santa Clara Audubon Society is speaking up to save a small population of Burrowing Owls in Mountain View that may be driven out by new playing fields that the city is planning at Shoreline Regional Park. Share on Facebook

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Read our 2008-2009 Accomplishments Report

November 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society

Last fiscal year was a big one for Audubon California. Learn all about it in our new 2008-2009 Accomplishments Report. And check out that great cover photo of Black Oystercatchers by Peter LaTourrette. Share on Facebook

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Tracking birds a dream job

November 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · Birding, Conservation research, Nature education and activities

Jonathon Alderfer spent more than 20 years in California as chief consultant for the National Geographic Birding Program, and has played a key role in every edition of the “National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America.” Share on Facebook

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State proposes trading program to cap emissions

November 25th, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Global Warming, State Policy

California officials yesterday released details of their blueprint for a cap-and-trade plan for the state that seeks to cut emissions to 15 percent below today’s levels by 2020. As we’ve stated before, climate change poses by far the biggest threat to California birds. Share on Facebook

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Why can’t Hollywood get its birds right?

November 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

Audubon Magazine is asking people for their examples of Hollywood movies totally blowing it with their bird facts. An example provided by Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation: “In Dances with Wolves, a bunch of doves is shown on the ground near Kevin Costner. One of them is a Ringed Turtle-Dove, which is basically a […]

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Yellow-billed Magpie: nominee for Audubon California Bird of the Year

November 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Conservation research, Nature education and activities, Polls, Video, Wildlife photos and video

We’re slowly making our way through video features for all the nominees for Audubon California’s 2009 Bird of the Year. Here’s the Yellow-billed Magpie. Cast your vote today. Share on Facebook

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Conservation is seen as key to dealing with state’s water woes

November 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Global Warming, Water issues

Interesting article in today’s Los Angeles Times notes that of all the options for dealing with the state’s water crisis, “conservation is one of the cheapest, quickest and least environmentally damaging ways for the state to get more water:” “I think we have a water crisis in California, and I think conservation is the only […]

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Habitat protections expanded in South Fork Kern River Valley

November 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve

As part of our effort to conserve and protect cottonwood riparian forest in the South Fork Kern River Valley, Audubon California today announced that it has purchased an 80-acre ranch directly adjacent to the Audubon Kern River Preserve. This parcel comes right on the heels of an adjacent 26-acre acquisition that also sought to secure critical […]

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Looks like Bird of the Year will go down to the wire

November 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Nature education and activities, Polls

More than 1,800 votes have been cast so far for Audubon California’s Bird of the Year. The top two birds are separated by less than two percentage points, suggesting that this is going to be close right up to the end. Cast your vote, if you haven’t done so already. Share on Facebook

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Wide temperature tolerances of some birds could offer insight into impacts of climate change

November 20th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Global Warming

A new research paper by Audubon California’s William Monahan shows that the often surprisingly wide temperature ranges at which individual birds survive could impact our understanding of the impacts of climate change. For instance, the Blue-winged Teal can withstand ambient temperatures as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 122 degrees. Certain tropical […]

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Fight over lead ammunition and condors expands to Arizona

November 20th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

Scientific American has an interesting article on its website about the Center for Biological Diversity’s recent lawsuit to ban the use of lead ammunition on federal lands around the Grand Canyon, where about a third of the world’s California Condors live. As you may know, this is a battle that began in California, and Audubon […]

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California pushing ahead on climate change policy

November 20th, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Global Warming, State Policy

Margot Roosevelt at the Los Angeles Times points out that “While Congress dithers over federal climate change legislation, and nations squabble over a global treaty, the nation’s most populous state is doggedly pushing ahead with its own regulations to control the greenhouse gas emissions that are heating up the Earth’s atmosphere.” The post goes on […]

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