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Entries from May 28th, 2010

Director Wes Craven joins Audubon California’s Board of Directors

May 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Nature education and activities

In a move that reflects his life-long love of birds, director Wes Craven recently joined the Audubon California Board of Directors. The organization is the California field program of the National Audubon Society, and is devoted to the conservation of birds and habitat. “I’ve been fascinated by birds my whole life,” said Craven, who is […]

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Channel Island Bald Eagle population is bouncing back

May 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research

After being devastated by DDT in the last several decades, the recovery of the Bald Eagle population on the Channel Islands is going strong, with more eagles in the area now than in the last 50 years. Even better, Bald Eagles born in the wild on the islands are staying and breeding. Share on Facebook

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Kids Ocean Day — from the air

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

We’ve talked a lot about today’s Kids’ Ocean Day event at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, which was organized by the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Here’s the big shot from the event, the overhead photo of the kids forming the picture of an albatross, with the words “Sustain Life.” Awesome. Photo by Kevin […]

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Richardson Bay Audubon Center helps organize S.F. Kids Ocean Day

May 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, Video

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Tiburon today helped organize a terrific beach clean-up and public art project for 500 elementary school students from San Francisco and Marin to recognize Kids’ Ocean Day. Working in partnership with the California Coastal Commission, the Center gave in-school presentations at the school during the day’s leading […]

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Bay Area students to demonstrate the need to protect ocean life through massive art project

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities, Pollution, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, Water issues

Five hundred elementary school students from San Francisco and Marin County on the morning of May 27 will form a giant albatross design on the sand at Ocean Beach to publicize the need to protect marine environments. The group art project, viewable from the air, will take place after a beach clean up, part of […]

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Heal the Bay releases annual beach report card

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Pollution

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of California beaches. Not only do these places provide critical habitat for birds and other wildlife, but they are vital recreation areas for Californians. Heck, beaches are part of the state’s natural identity. Which makes Heal the Bay’s annual beach pollution scorecard such a great tool for monitoring our […]

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More than just a logo

May 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

There was a time when this bird was almost wiped out by people collecting feathers for hats. It took a major effort by a fledgling conservation group dedicated to the protection of birds to get the first laws passed against this practice. The action was so successful that the organization, now well over 100 years […]

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Lead kills birds. Speak out against lead shot in state wildlife areas

May 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, State Policy

Lead shot in state wildlife areas poses an unacceptable threat to birds. Audubon California has asked the State Fish and Game Commission to ban its use in state wildlife areas, and is sponsoring legislation to do the same. We need your help to build some momentum for these efforts. Sign our online petition asking officials […]

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The Cliff Swallows of Clear Lake

May 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities

Terry Knight of the Lake County Record-Bee reminds us that while Clear Lake is known for other birds, it’s also a great spot for the Cliff Swallows. Clear Lake is an Audubon California Important Bird Area. (photo by Glen Tepke) Share on Facebook

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Gulf oil spill photos

May 25th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pollution

Fascinating blog post by Audubon Magazine’s Kim Hubbard, who is in Louisiana documenting the impact of oil on birds. These are heartbreaking images, but we probably should look at them, as we need to be reminded what oil can do to a shoreline. Share on Facebook

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Blue Oak Field Days: Where have all the blue oaks gone?

May 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Landowner Stewardship, Nature education and activities

Audubon California’s Landowner Stewardship Program, based in Winters, just finished three days out in the sun, wind and rain searching for blue oak seedlings. We found Lark Sparrow nests, were serenaded by Western Meadowlarks, saw Yellow-billed Magpies scolding one another and, in one plot alone, counted 61 adult blue oak trees. The volunteers were incredibly […]

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Wet winter fails to ease Californians’ water anxiety

May 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Water issues

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows that, despite the recent rains, Californians are still concerned about water issues, and are open to passing the water bond on the November ballot. Share on Facebook

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Facebook post alerts world to rare Painted Redstart in Auburn

May 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Nature education and activities

If you regularly visit Audubon California’s Facebook page, you already know that a Fan posted a startling photo about a week ago of a Painted Redstart in the northern California city of Auburn. The sighting was rare enough that it got on all the birding listservs, and has prompted many birders to flock to the area […]

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National Academy of Science urges immediate action to curb greenhouse gases

May 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Global Warming

The otherwise conservative National Academy of Science this week surprised people this week by making a strong statement that human-caused climate change poses an immediate threat to people today and for future generations, and that there is an urgent need to reduce global greenhouse gases. Audubon California has long considered climate change to the be […]

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Hunters talk about the impact of lead ammunition on birds

May 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Pollution, State Policy

We always make it a point to recognize that hunters contribute greatly to wildlife conservation in California, and that more importantly, hunters generally share a connection to nature that is as deep and as conscientious as anyone’s. It’s hard to find a better example of this than this blog post on lead ammunition and the ensuing […]

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