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Entries from December 30th, 2009

Birds shot to protect planes at Oakland airport

December 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, State Policy

After about 60 dead birds washed up dead near Oakland Airport, state officials determined that feds broke no laws in shooting the birds to protect airplanes prior to Christmas. Share on Facebook

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Owl defenders planning protest of Antioch eviction

December 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, Local Policy

If you’re a Burrowing Owl fan in the Bay Area, you have no doubt already heard about the owls that have taken up residence in the languishing housing development in Antioch. Now the landowners want to finish their project and they want the owls out. As the unintentional landlords begin moving the owls out, Burrowing […]

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Another great bird photographer: Martin Meyers

December 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Wildlife photos and video

If you get our print publications, you already know what a great photographer Martin Meyers is. Check out his website to see even more of his terrific work. This great shot of a Tricolored Blackbird is his. Share on Facebook

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Decision pending on toxic runoff into San Joaquin River

December 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Clean Water Act, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Pollution

Folks in the Central Valley may remember a massive selenium disaster at the Kesterson Reservoir back in the 1980s. Ever since, the state and federal government have been trying to get selenium discharges under control. The latest is that the federal government is poised to give farmers of 100,000 acres of farmland in Merced County a […]

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Burrowing Owls getting the boot in Antioch

December 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Local Policy, State Policy

Having lost a great deal of their original habitat, Burrowing Owls have started nesting in an partially-completed housing development in Antioch. Now that the developer wants to pick up the project again, the birds are being evicted from the land, which is raising the ire of local bird enthusiasts. Share on Facebook

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Helping the Western Snowy Plover

December 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Important Bird Areas, Western Snowy Plover

  Audubon California is working with Together Green’s Pennies for the Planet on a project to help coastline chapters support Western Snowy Plover conservation. Check it out. (photo by Glen Tepke) Share on Facebook

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Join Audubon California on Facebook

December 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Nature education and activities

If you’re on Facebook, become of Fan of Audubon California. It’s a new way to follow what we’re doing on behalf of birds and nature in California: news, video, photos, conversations and occasional giveaways. It’s fun! Share on Facebook

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New app links into eBird to let you know where birds are near you

December 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Birding

This is kind of cool. The new iPhone application BirdsEye lets you know where birds are being seen near you. It gets this information by tapping into eBird, of which Audubon California is a big fan. Share on Facebook

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Rare birds turn up at Legg Lake in So. El Monte

December 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding

L.A.-area birders are pretty excited about some rare visitors to Legg Lake in South El Monte, according to Louis Sahagun in the L.A. Times. Turns out people are seeing a Wood Stork and a Tundra Swan. Pretty cool. Share on Facebook

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Proposed solar array in Panoche Valley challenged

December 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Global Warming, Important Bird Areas, Local Policy, Video

Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury News has an interesting article today about a massive solar plant being proposed for California’s Panoche Valley, which would ultimately be the world’s largest. Environmental groups are opposing the project, however, because of the potential impacts to habitat and wildlife. This opposition includes two local Audubon chapters. We […]

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Central Coast mourns loss of advocate for the environment

December 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

Anne McMahon, a longtime advocate for the environment along the Central Coast, has died. Share on Facebook

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Making a better place for birds in San Pablo Bay

December 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, S.F. Bay, Video, Wildlife photos and video

Audubon California just completed its project with the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge to enhance tidal marsh habitat in San Pablo Bay, one of the Bay Area’s most important places for birds. Check out our video on the project, or visit our website to learn more: Share on Facebook

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NY Times: Mojave monuments proposal likely spells end to solar/wind energy development on the land

December 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas

The New York Times weighs in today on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legislation to turn up to a million acres of land in the Mojave Desert into national monuments. The paper says the move will likely kill proposals to develop wind and solar energy on the desert land: But before the bill to create two new […]

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Senator to propose designating a million acres of Mojave Desert as national monuments

December 21st, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

Senator Dianne Feinstein has announced her plans to introduce legislation to designate as much as a million acres of the Mojave Desert as national monuments. Share on Facebook

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North San Diego lagoons a haven for migratory birds

December 20th, 2009 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Important Bird Areas

Great article in the San Diego Union Tribune about the lagoons of north San Diego attracting migratory birds this winter. Share on Facebook

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