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Entries from January 29th, 2010

Sign the State Parks Initiative petition at the Snow Goose Festival

January 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, California State Parks, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, State Policy

Hey, if you want to help state parks, and happen to be going to the Snow Goose Festival in Chico this weekend, stop by the Audubon California booth and sign the State Parks Initiative petition. We can’t vote for it until it’s on the ballot. Help us get to 475,000 signatures by April 15. Share […]

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Why are they there when they should be here?

January 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, seabirds

Researchers aren’t sure why huge flocks of Brown Pelicans are still in Oregon when they normally should have migrated south to Southern California or Mexico by now. One guess is that climate change has something to do with it, but that’s only a guess. (photo by Glen Tepke) Share on Facebook

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Oil spill narrowly misses important bird habitat in Orange County

January 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution

The Los Angeles Times reports today that a 672-gallon oil spill last week fouled the Huntington Beach flood control channel, but stopped shorts of the beach and the Talbert Marsh, home to more than 75 species of birds. Share on Facebook

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Volunteers needed to collect signatures for State Parks Initiative

January 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, California State Parks, State Policy

We’ve listed a bunch of reasons why the State Parks Initiative is a good idea. But before we start talking about why people should vote for this initiative, we need to get it on the ballot. And for that, we need to gather 475,000 signatures by April 15. Please help us hit this mark by […]

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See you at the Snow Goose Festival in Chico this weekend

January 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Nature education and activities

Audubon California will have a booth at the Snow Goose Festival in Chico this weekend. Stop by and say hello. We’ll be glad to talk about our work around the state on behalf of birds and nature. Share on Facebook

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A whole bunch of reasons why birds matter

January 28th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Nature education and activities

For some time now, Audubon California has been making the argument that birds matter, and we’ve used a lot of facts and ideas to back that up. Here are a few of the ones we use. We’re going to be putting these and more together on our website in the near future. If you’ve got any ideas, […]

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‘The worst deer poacher our lab has ever seen.’

January 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

Interesting conviction recently of a repeat poacher who has really lifted the crime to an egregious level. We’re watching this case closely to see if this offender qualifies for new penalties that went into effect Jan. 1. You might recall that Audubon California was instrumental in getting these new penalties signed into law, as poaching has become […]

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Audubon California asks Fish and Game to restrict use of lead shot in state wildlife areas

January 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, State Policy

Audubon California is asking the California Fish and Game Commission to remedy a loophole in the law that creates a danger for birds on state wildlife areas. Federal law prohibits the use of lead shot for waterfowl in wetland environments, and yet the permitted use of lead shot for upland game often results in lead being introduced […]

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Game wardens should be exempt from state employee furloughs

January 25th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

Audubon California has joined its voice to a growing number of state officials and wildlife organizations calling for the governor to exempt state game wardens from state employee furloughs put in place to reduce the state deficit. Law enforcement officers are already exempted. Audubon California highlighted the need for better enforcement of state widlife protection laws […]

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Audubon opposes attempt to derail Clean Air Act

January 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Global Warming, Pollution

Audubon is joining conservation groups across the country opposing an attempt by some in the Senate to dismantle the Clean Air Act to allow some of the country’s major polluters to continue spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Let your senators know that you oppose this effort today. Share on Facebook

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Desert Bird Conservation Plan released

January 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas

California Partners in Flight and PRBO Conservation Science recently released their Desert Bird Conservation Plan a non-regulatory document intended to educate and assist land managers and researchers interested in improving desert habitat for bird populations. The plan summarizes the latest research for a suite of focal bird species associated with Colorado and Mojave desert habitats.  These […]

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Gary Bogue: isn’t anyone paying attention?

January 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, S.F. Bay, State Policy

Contra Costa Times nature writer Gary Bogue looks at the recent cases of shooting birds at the Oakland Airport and relocation of Burrowing Owls in Corcord and asks if anyone is paying attention to these assaults on birds. In particular, he asks, where is the Department of Fish and Game? Share on Facebook

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Pelicans treated for hypothermia in So. Cal.

January 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Conservation research, seabirds

These winter storms have been hard on everybody, even pelicans, which are being treated for hypothermia at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro. Note how storm drain runoff is also causing a problem for seabirds. Share on Facebook

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National Parks Service partnering with Argentines to help condors in both countries

January 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Conservation research, Federal Policy

Cool news out of the National Parks Service that it is partnering with the Argentine Park Service on a joint project to benefit California Condors and Andean Condors. The partnership, in particular, will link up conservationists at Pinnacles National Monument with their counterparts in the Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito. Share on Facebook

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KPCC covers bird banding at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

January 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Nice piece recently on KPCC in Los Angeles and Orange County about bird banding at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in South Orange County. Share on Facebook

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