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Entries from March 31st, 2010

Cougars at Starr Ranch

March 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments · Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

A while back we showed you photos of cougars at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary taken by motion sensor cameras (here and here), well we’ve got some more. More photos below the fold. Share on Facebook

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Audubon: Drilling plan sends wrong message on energy priorities

March 31st, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Global Warming, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society has issued a statement on the just-announced plan by the Obama Administration to open up drilling on the Atlantic Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Says Mike Daulton, Audubon’s Policy Director: “The Obama administration’s plans for expanded drilling in many offshore areas perpetuates the fiction that we can drill our way […]

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Obama announces new offshore drilling … but not in California

March 31st, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

President Obama this morning announced that he his dropping the current federal moratorium on new offshore oil drilling permits as part of a larger energy strategy for the county that will include alternative energy development. In particular, the administration will consider development in the southern and mid-Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, as well […]

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Meet the snipe, creature of legend

March 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Nature education and activities

Pat Brennan at the Orange County Register takes a closer look at the elusive Wilson’s Snipe, with a little help from the folks at Sea & Sage Audubon. Share on Facebook

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Surfers offer a little love for the Western Snowy Plover

March 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, Nature education and activities, seabirds, Western Snowy Plover

Great to see this post about the Western Snowy Plover on the blog of Carve Designs, a hip women’s surfwear company operating out of Northern California. We’ve always felt that surfers are the perfect ones to help raise awareness about this bird. (photo by Glen Tepke) Share on Facebook

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Watch Turtle Bay Bald Eagles — now with chicks

March 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Nature education and activities, Video, Wildlife photos and video

The Turtle Bay Bald Eagles have hatched three chicks. And you can watch them all live on the Catrans Turtle Bay Bald Eagle webcam. Man, technology is cool. Share on Facebook

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Rare wildflower found at Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

March 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Crews at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County this weekend found a rare wildflower, Pentachaeta aurea ssp. allenii. Not seen for some time, the flower is endemic to Orange County. Thankfully, we’re protecting these wildlands and giving them a place to live. All photos are by Keala Cummings. Share on Facebook

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White House to host summit on conservation

March 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy

Word today is that the White House is going to bring leaders from the conservation movement, recreational groups and others to the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors on April 16. From what we know, the conference will focus on how to conserve the land with local leadership, as opposed to a heavy federal […]

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San Joaquin flowing to the Pacific again

March 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, Local Policy, State Policy

We’re really enjoying hearing about the restoration of the San Joaquin River, and this bit of news from the Fresno Bee about this great California river reaching the Pacific again is terrific. The restoration of this river provides an excellent conservation opportunity in the Central Valley for birds and habitat. Share on Facebook

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The spectacular courtship of the grebes

March 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Although the film below was shot in Oregon, California is home to large populations of Western Grebes and Clark’s Grebes. Audubon California is about to launch a major effort to help these birds, and we’ll have more about that later. In the meantime, this video is very cool: Share on Facebook

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Governor reiterates support for AB 32, but says business must be considered

March 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Global Warming, State Policy

Gov. Scharzenegger yesterday reiterated his support for California’s landmark climate change legislation, but at the same time asked a key¬†agency charged with implementing the law to take into consideration the needs of businesses recovering from the down economy. He took this action in the face of an effort by certain business groups to push an […]

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Report says climate law won’t hurt California economy

March 25th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Global Warming, Pollution, State Policy

A new report from the California Air Resources Board says that the California will not be hurt by the implementation of AB 32, the state’s landmark law addressing global greenhouse gases. Here’s the¬†story in the L.A. Times. Share on Facebook

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Berryessa proposed as national monument

March 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Landowner Stewardship

Of the 14 sites proposed to become national monuments or be expanded due to presidential order, four are in California. Surprisingly, or perhaps not surprisingly, one of these is the Berryessa area, just west of Winters. This is right near Audubon California’s Bobcat Ranch and, as the article notes, one of the few relatively pristine […]

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Free Audubon photo contest screen savers

March 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · National Audubon Society, Resources, Wildlife photos and video

That’s right, some of the very cool photos from the recent Audubon Magazine photo contest are now available for free in the form of screensavers. Get ‘em here. Share on Facebook

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Much-anticipated report mostly supports efforts to protect fish in Delta

March 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, State Policy, Water issues

A new National Academy of Sciences report mostly supports federal efforts to protect dwindling fish populations in the Sacramento Delta, but both sides of the contentious debate over water in California are finding some support in the much-anticipated finding. Why are we writing about fish? Well, you have to realize that the entire water debate […]

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