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Entries from April 30th, 2010

Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon promotes green birding

April 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon Chapters, Birding, Global Warming, Nature education and activities, Pollution

While birding is a fantastic way to experience nature firsthand, but increasingly bird enthusiasts have found themselves questioning whether driving from vantage point to vantage point is actually counterproductive for the natural resources we hold in such high esteem. In other words, if you’re burning gas to watch birds, aren’t you just contributing to the […]

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Gulf oil spill leaves governor without even a bad idea for funding state parks

April 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Global Warming, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society, Pollution

As oil from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon platform begins to hit Gulf Coast sands, one would have to assume that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is rethinking his recent proposal to grant new offshore oil drilling leases for the waters off Santa Barbara, and then use those revenues to fund California’s state parks. Now that the […]

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Jack Laws visits Richardson Bay to talk about his new ‘Laws Guides’

April 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Resources, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, Video

Author and illustrator John Muir Laws recently stopped by the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary to talk about his new Laws Guides to the San Francisco Bay Area and to demonstrate how they can be used. Enjoy: To learn more about the Guides, visit our website. Share on Facebook

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Experts fear massive ecological damage on Gulf Coast

April 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Pollution

As a massive oil spill nears Gulf Coast shorelines, there is an increasing sense that the ecological damage could outpace the infamous Exxon Valdez spill. Audubon is all over this, documenting the dangers to Important Bird Areas and local bird populations. Share on Facebook

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Los Angeles kids tour wildlands of Tejon Ranch

April 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Tejon Ranch

The Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Arroyo Green Team recently visited the Tejon Ranch at the invitation of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy. The group visited the General Beale Adobe and surrounding ranchlands. The Green Team had the opportunity to interact with the scientists with the Tejon Ranch Conservancy and learned about their conservation work.  The group explored two […]

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Audubon Starr Ranch hummingbird cam online

April 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Those of you that have been enjoying the Audubon Starr Ranch Barn Owl webcam should know that a hummingbird has taken up residence in front of our live hummingbird webcam again. This is a Black-chinned Hummingbird that has already laid some eggs. Very cool. Share on Facebook

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Tell us why birds matter to you

April 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, Nature education and activities

For the last several months, we’ve been discussing on these pages the various reasons why birds matter. Now it’s your turn to tell us why birds matter to you. Just visit our website and enter your reason. Lots of folks have participated so far, and the input has been great so far. Share on Facebook

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Video of Vaux’s Swifts in downtown Los Angeles

April 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Bird videos, Birding, Video, Wildlife photos and video

We mentioned the spectacular Vaux’s Swift display in downtown Los Angeles the other day. Today we have some video. Enjoy: Share on Facebook

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Students helping save Western Snowy Plover in San Diego

April 25th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, Nature education and activities

Great story about the San Diego Audubon Society’s program that enlists kids to help save the Western Snowy Plover. Audubon California helped line up funding. Share on Facebook

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Last and best Earth Day tip for birds

April 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Nature education and activities

Help turn a kid into a bird nut — or even just an outdoor enthusiast. If we want to preserve birds and nature in the future, we have to encourage the next generation to love them as much as we do. More Earth Day tips on our website (sure, Earth Day is over, but these […]

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Vaux’s Swifts descend on downtown L.A.

April 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Chapters, Birding

A bunch of folks from the Audubon Center at Debs Park and Los Angeles Audubon were on hand to see a huge population of Vaux’s Swifts take up temporary digs in a chimney in downtown Los Angeles. We should have some video in a day or two. In the meantime, here’s the story from the […]

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Earth Day tip for birds #23

April 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Nature education and activities

Turn your exterior lights off at night. If you work in a high-rise, ask the management to do what they can. Artificial light at night is disorienting to migratory birds. More tips on our website. Share on Facebook

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Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival coming up

April 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve, Nature education and activities

Hey, the 16th annual Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival will be held April 29 through May 4 at the Audubon Kern River Preserve. On Saturday, May 1, the Preserve will host numerous free events, including bird walks led by Kerncrest Audubon Society volunteers, and information booths and exhibits. Much more information on the website. […]

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Audubon California invests in conservation projects at California State Parks

April 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Nature education and activities, seabirds, Western Snowy Plover

As part of its continuing efforts to support California State Parks, Audubon California recently issued grants to two local Audubon chapters to work with State Parks on park land. The grants are funded by an endowment set up by Audubon California to provide long-term financial assistance to California State Parks for important conservation, restoration and […]

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Earth Day message from Audubon Interim President Frank Gill

April 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Global Warming, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

New York, NY — April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and Audubon is once again at the forefront of major conservation initiatives across the country and beyond. Nowhere is this presence more visible than in our national field campaign on climate change. As the nation turns its attention to a climate- focused […]

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