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Entries from September 30th, 2010

More love for the Los Angeles Vaux’s Swifts

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park

Great blog post about the Vaux’s Swifts in downtown Los Angeles. Share on Facebook

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New Audubon president to visit Debs Park next week

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

Every since taking over as National Audubon Society president on Sept. 1, David Yarnold has been touring the country, visiting Audubon programs and getting to know the landscape. He’ll be in Los Angeles next week to visit the Audubon Center at Debs Park, and the Los Angeles Times today has a preview. We’ll be talking […]

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Sandhill Cranes coming to Woodbridge Ecological Reserve

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding

The Sacramento Bee reports that the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve is running Sandhill Crane tours this weekend. Share on Facebook

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Gov. signs bill calling for review of Department of Fish and Game’s mission

September 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, State Policy

Of the 21 bills that Gov. Schwarzenegger signed yesterday, one requires the state to take an important step toward developing a new strategic vision for the State Department of Fish and Game and the Fish and Game Commission. Assembly Bill 2376, sponsored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, creates a blue ribbon commission to review the department’s mission […]

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Bakersfield Californian endorses Prop. 21

September 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · California State Parks, State Policy

Proposition 21 has received a number of nice endorsements from newspapers around the state, including this recent one from the Bakersfield Californian: Ballot-box budgeting is typically replete with land mines, but Prop. 21 will solve an ongoing problem in a long-term and meaningful way. The projected revenue will be sufficient enough to both build an […]

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Would the Western Snowy Plover vote for Prop. 21? You bet it would

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Important Bird Areas, Western Snowy Plover

Another bird that would probably vote for Proposition 21 if it could would be the Western Snowy Plover. This sparrow-sized Pacific Coast shorebird was listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act 1993 because of dramatic population declines. California beaches provide essential breeding and wintering habitat for the Western Snowy Plover, and this places a […]

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Governor signs important Salton Sea legislation

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Salton Sea, Water issues

In a year where conservation policy victories have been few and far between, we’re glad to report some good news. Last night, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 51 into law. The bill establishes the Salton Sea Restoration Council as the governance authority for the Salton Sea Ecosystem Restoration Program. Why is this such a big […]

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San Joaquin River restoration getting high marks so far

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

One year in, the restoration of the San Joaquin River appears to be doing quite well, and getting good reviews even from some former critics. Share on Facebook

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Turkey Vultures migrating through the Tehachapis

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Birding

Great article on the massive wave of Turkey Vultures cruising through the Tehachapis. Share on Facebook

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San Joaquin River Restoration Summit is Set

September 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Uncategorized

An array of scientists, government officials and land trust leaders will discuss the future of the San Joaquin River restoration, a nationally known project, next week. The experts will take part in panel discussions at the San Joaquin River Conference on Friday at the Fresno Convention Center at 700 M St. On Friday evening, there […]

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Rare Purple Gallinules sighted at San Gabriel River

September 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, urban conservation

The Los Angeles Times’ Louis Sahagun has a great story on the very rare sighting of Purple Gallinules at the San Gabriel River. Share on Facebook

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Times/USC poll shows Prop. 23 in a dead heat

September 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Global Warming, State Policy

A new L.A. Times/USC poll shows that the oil industry-backed initiative to roll back California’s climate change law is a dead heat. Share on Facebook

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Starr Ranch’s Sandy DeSimone gets a nice award

September 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Sandy DeSimone, who is the director of research and education at the Audubon Starr Ranch in Orange County, has been given the 2010 Golden Weed Wrench award from the California Invasive Plant Council for her work in land management. Sure, the award’s got a funny name, but it means a lot for the organization to recognize […]

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Budget problems mean no toilet paper at state parks

September 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · California State Parks

That’s right, it’s gotten so bad at California State Parks that they can’t afford toilet paper anymore: Share on Facebook

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KPCC covers Vaux’s Swifts in downtown Los Angeles

September 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, urban conservation

Great coverage today on Los Angeles’ KPCC about the Vaux’s Swifts downtown. Jeff Chapman, director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park, is featured. The station also shot some great video, which is below. That’s the Audubon Center’s Gabriela Castañeda talking about the birds: Vaux’s Swifts roosting in downtown LA building from 89.3 KPCC on […]

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