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Entries from August 31st, 2010

Murres and more – late summer wildlife outside the Golden Gate

August 31st, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, seabirds

The seas were rough, the marine layer hung over us, but the wildlife was inspiring Sunday at the Farallon Islands, our local Galapagos, and beyond to the edge of the continental shelf break where predators and prey aggregate in the late spring and summer following strong coastal upwelling.  This feeding hotspot attracts large numbers of […]

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San Joaquin River flowing to the Pacific, even during summer

August 31st, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Water issues

River advocates are cheering news that the flow of the newly restored San Joaquin River is continuing well into summer: On the Valley’s west side near Los Banos, something strange is happening this summer in the San Joaquin River — water. The river has continued to flow to the Pacific Ocean throughout the first summer […]

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Ten days in the Galápagos

August 31st, 2010 · Comments Off · Birding, Important Bird Areas

There is perhaps no better wild place on the earth than the Galápagos Islands. Audubon California Executive Director Graham Chisholm is leading a 10-day Audubon Nature Odyssey tour of the islands December 4-13 aboard the Lindblad National Geographic Islander (holding 48 passengers). The birds and wildlife should be amazing. Click here for more information. (Photo […]

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Bay Nature interviews Audubon California’s Graham Chisholm

August 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Bird conservation, Birding, S.F. Bay

Audubon California Executive Director Graham Chisholm is the subject of this online interview. He talks about the joys of birds and nature in the Bay Area. Share on Facebook

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Golden Gate Audubon helping promote Lights Out for Birds in the Bay Area

August 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Local Policy, S.F. Bay, urban conservation

The Golden Gate Audubon Society is partnering with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the San Francisco Department of the Environment announce the fall Lights Out for Birds. The program enables building owners, managers and tenants to save energy and money while protecting migratory birds. Lights Out for Birds participants turn off unnecessary building lights during the […]

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EPA swiftly rejects call to ban lead ammunition

August 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency surprised all by rejecting a petition from environmental groups that the agency move to ban lead ammunition. Lead ammunition has been proven to poison birds and other wildlife in the wild. Share on Facebook

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Important wetlands protected in So. California

August 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, urban conservation

The State Wildlife Conservation board yesterday approved the purchase of the Hellman Ranch wetlands, adding its 100 acres to about 62 other acres already set aside for restoration. The wetlands are part of a corridor of important bird habitat along the Long Beach-Orange County shoreline. (photo by Daryl Supernaw) Share on Facebook

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Plastic bags are seabird killers

August 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Pollution, seabirds

Plastic bags are seabird killers. They have an incredible impact on our environment. Heal the Bay put out this great ironic video to illustrate this: Share on Facebook

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Napa-Sonoma marsh restoration’s last phase begins

August 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, S.F. Bay

One of the largest wetlands restoration projects in U.S. history is entering its last phase in the North San Francisco Bay. Share on Facebook

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Fire Watch training in Orange County

August 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

So just about everyone understands that fire is a normal, usually beneficial force in a nature ecosystem. But that’s only when fire is allowed to come and go naturally. In parts of California, fires have been hitting more frequently than normal, and buring much more intensely. These types of frequent, intense fires can actually change […]

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Maligned vultures do the dirty work

August 19th, 2010 · Comments Off · Birding, Nature education and activities

Terry Knight at the Lake County Record-Bee reminds us that the Turkey Vulture is quite an amazing bird. Share on Facebook

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Fish and Game Commission OKs continued hunting of declining Greater Sage-Grouse

August 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, State Policy

Representatives of Audubon California today expressed deep disappointment at this afternoon’s decision by the California Fish & Game Commission to continue allowing hunting for Greater Sage-Grouse, despite a recent finding by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that its recent declines make it worthy of protection under the Endangered Species Act. In response to a […]

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Audubon California and chapters meet to talk about nature education

August 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Audubon California and local chapters in California have long felt that nature education is conservation. What this means is that if we want to protect the state’s magnificent natural treasures into the future, we need to ensure that the next generation of Californians appreciates the great outdoors as much as we do. In an effort […]

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Junior naturalists at Richardson Bay

August 16th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Junior Naturalist program is an exciting way for older kids to share what they’ve learned with youngsters while continuing to learn about nature. Share on Facebook

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San Jose Mercury News supports State Parks Initiative

August 15th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, State Policy

Great to see the San Jose Mercury News come out in favor of Prop. 21, the California State Parks Initiative. The initiative will protect our parts with a steady source of revenue, and provide Californians with access to all of these great treasures. Audubon California proudly supports the measure, as well. Share on Facebook

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