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Entries from July 29th, 2010

Audubon taps noted conservation and communications leader as new president

July 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society today announced that David Yarnold has been named its new President and Chief Executive Officer, giving new momentum to efforts to connect people with nature and their power to protect it.  A passionate conservationist, Yarnold currently serves as Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund and President of Environmental Defense Action Fund. […]

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AP: Gulf spill lacks societal punch of 1969 Santa Barbara spill

July 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Nature education and activities, Pollution

Interesting story from the Associated Press this morning about how even though the Gulf Oil spill has done far more ecological damage, the 1969 Santa Barbara spill prompted much more societal change — even going so far as to inspire the first Earth Day. Of course, the author notes, the Gulf spill is still relatively […]

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California Republicans shunning one traditional path to victory: the environment

July 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · State Policy

Interesting article in the Los Angeles Times this morning about how Republican candidates for statewide office in California are not making the environment a major part of their campaigns – something nearly every successful Republican candidate in California has done. Share on Facebook

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Support for state climate change law holding strong and steady

July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Global Warming, Pollution

Despite a well-funded ballot initiative launched by out-of-state oil companies to strike down California’s landmark climate change law, public support for the law is holding strong and steady, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California. Audubon California is a strong supporter of Assembly Bill 32. Share on Facebook

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Audubon California part of innovative partnership aimed at helping state’s migratory birds

July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Landowner Stewardship

Audubon California has joined with The Nature Conservancy and PRBO Conservation Science on a landmark project to help migratory birds in California. While you’ll be hearing a great deal more about this project in the coming months, our website has a good overview of the work we’re doing. (photo by Alison Sheehey) Share on Facebook

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Audubon joins other environmental groups in laying out strategy for Gulf cleanup

July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society, Pollution

The National Audubon Society, with the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Wildlife Federation, has issued a report that outlines the necessary steps to restore and rebuild an ecosystem that even before the recent catastrophic oil spill, has lost more than 2,300 square miles of wetlands—an area larger than the state of Delaware—since the 1930s. Here’s the press […]

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Editorial: Prop 21 is only solution for California State Parks

July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities

The Santa Cruz Sentinel today editorializes that budget cuts to California State Parks have left the system in extremely poor shape. Maintenance is down, hours have been cut, and crime and vandalism is on the rise. The paper takes the position that the only way to save this wondrous resource is the California State Parks […]

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Spreading the word about new ocean parks

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, seabirds

Now that the new Marine Protected Areas have been established for California’s North Central Coast, Samantha Murray and Josh Churchman are driving up and down the region letting people know how important it is for us to make this new designation work. Audubon California is very much in support of the new Marine Protected Areas, […]

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Ruling could have major implications for enforcement of Migratory Bird Act

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

A recent decision in Kansas could have major implications for how the federal government enforces the Migratory Bird Act throughout the country. In deciding that an oil company was responsible for the deaths of birds caused by its equipment, the 10th Circuit Court of appeals ruled that defendants could be found responsible for penalties under […]

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Volunteer monitors set to help study shorebird use of rice fields

July 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship, Nature education and activities

Audubon California and PRBO Conservation Science recently held two shorebird survey training workshops at the Yolo Wildlife Area and Cosumnes River Preserve. As thousands of Arctic-breeding shorebirds descend upon the Central Valley in the coming weeks, these volunteers will collect valuable data about how these birds use flooded fallow rice fields for habitat. The monitoring […]

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Audubon working hard in the Gulf

July 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society, Pollution, seabirds

Short video from Audubon about our efforts to save birds in the Gulf: Share on Facebook

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Video: Program uses children’s art to help Western Snowy Plover

July 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Audubon Watchlist, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, National Audubon Society, seabirds, Video, Western Snowy Plover, Wildlife photos and video

Great TV news piece about the San Diego Audubon Society’s program that uses children’s are to raise awareness about the Western Snowy Plover on the beach. We’re proud to have helped secure funding for this great project from Audubon’s Pennies for the Planet Program and the Morrisse Family Foundation.   Share on Facebook

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New York State set to kill 170,000 Canada Geese. Could it happen here?

July 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, State Policy

Earlier this month, bird enthusiasts all around the country were stunned to hear that officials had captured and gassed to death 400 Canada Geese in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Well, it turns out, killing 400 birds was just the beginning. New reports indicate that the state plans to euthanize as many as 170,000 of the geese. […]

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Massive proposed solar project in Panoche Valley raises serious concerns about birds and wildlife

July 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Local Policy

As the San Benito County Board of Supervisors begins to consider approval for a massive solar energy plant on the floor of Panoche Valley, representatives of Audubon California today expressed serious concerns about the potential such a project could have on sensitive birds and habitat. Audubon California has listed Panoche Valley as an Important Bird […]

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Michael San Miguel obituary in L.A. Times

July 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Birding, Nature education and activities

Following up on the untimely death of popular birder Michael San Miguel, there’s a great obituary in the Los Angeles Times that’s worth a read. Share on Facebook

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