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Entries from October 30th, 2010

Lawsuit filed to compel Feds to protect declining Ashy Storm-Petrel

October 30th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, seabirds

When the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service declined to list the Ashy Storm-Petrel in August of 2009, Audubon California warned that the failure to take action might spell the end of the rapidly declining seabird. Now the Center for Biological Diversity has hauled out the lawsuit cannon in an effort to force the government into […]

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The California Gnatcatcher wants you to vote for Prop. 21

October 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, Endangered Species Act, Important Bird Areas, State Policy

The California Gnatcatcher isn’t a big bird, or a loud bird, but if you listen carefully you’ll probably hear it raising its voice in favor of Proposition 21, the ballot initiative that would create a dependable funding stream for California State Parks. As we’ve mentioned before, California State Parks not only protect critical habitat areas […]

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The California Least Tern wants you to vote YES on Prop. 21

October 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, Endangered Species Act, State Policy

Very much like the Western Snowy Plover, which depends on habitat protections at California State Parks and conservation programs run by parks staff for its survival, so too are parts essential for the survival of another Threatened bird, the California Least Tern. California State Parks contain habitat for about 10 percent of the entire breeding […]

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What kind of birds are the ‘Angry Birds’

October 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Birding, National Audubon Society

Audubon Magazine has a great post on their site about Angry Birds, one of the top paid applications out there. Legendary birders and field guide author Kenn Kaufman takes a shot at identifying exactly what kinds of birds are so angry. Share on Facebook

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Marin opts to take it slow on new wind development

October 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay

The Marin County Planning Commission, fearful that two ridgetop windmill research towers proposed north of Dillon Beach could harm birds, withheld their approval this week and ordered more study. Share on Facebook

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The Birdman of Sunol

October 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, urban conservation

Great story in the Mercury News about Irv Tiessen, who has spent years helping songbirds. He has set more than 260 bird boxes within a 16-mile radius in southern Alameda County, helping thousands of vulnerable birds. The Ohlone Audubon Society has helped him in his cause. Share on Facebook

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Special showing of ‘Ghost Bird’ at Richardson Bay featuring director Scott Crocker

October 25th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Federal Policy, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

If you live in the Bay Area and haven’t had a chance to see the movie Ghost Bird, you’re going to get a great opportunity on Nov. 9 when the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary will host a special screening of the film, followed by a talk with director Scott Crocker. The door opens at 6:30 […]

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Beating Back an Invasive Weed to Save California’s Albatrosses

October 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · seabirds, Uncategorized

Midway Atoll, the site of the fierce and decisive battle in World War II, has been transformed into the peaceful Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Nine months of the year, the atoll’s three small islands – part of the very limited network of islands available for breeding seabirds in the Pacific – are packed with […]

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California State Parks provide critical habitat for birds

October 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, California State Parks, Endangered Species Act, Important Bird Areas, S.F. Bay, State Policy, Western Snowy Plover

With voters set to decide Nov. 2 on a ballot measure to approve new funding for California State Parks, representatives of Audubon California today noted that parks provide critical habitat for birds. A recent study of California’s Important Bird Areas found that 50 were contained wholly or in part within state parks. A full 79 […]

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David Yarnold looks back at his tour of Audubon sites around the country

October 19th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Important Bird Areas, Landowner Stewardship, National Audubon Society, Tejon Ranch

Last week, we shared a bunch of videos from new Audubon President David Yarnold’s recent trip to California. He’s written up an overview of his trip around the country that includes some nice moments from California, including an up close look at a Golden Eagle and this: “And at Debs Park, in the Latino heart […]

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Prop. 21 launches new TV ads

October 19th, 2010 · Comments Off · California State Parks, State Policy

Check out the new TV ad for Proposition 21 that launched today: Share on Facebook

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Yosemite gray owls flew a different path

October 19th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, Uncategorized

For years, scientists thought logging, mining and development drove North America’s largest owl out of Northern California forests and into Yosemite National Park. Scientists now are rethinking that assumption. New genetic research shows the owls in Yosemite are actually a different subspecies — a subtly different version of the great gray owl in North America. […]

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Protecting the rare Island Scrub Jay

October 17th, 2010 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research

The Island Scrub Jay is one of our rarest birds. It lives only in California, and not only that, lives only on Santa Cruz Island. The Los Angeles Times has a great story this weekend about efforts to protect the bird. Share on Facebook

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Duck Stamp Art Contest being held in Berkeley today and tomorrow

October 15th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas

If you’re in the Berkeley area and into birds and art, you may want to stop by the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest being held at the David Brower Center today and tomorrow. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is the oldest and most prestigious wildlife art competition in the United […]

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Join us to support parks initiative on Oct. 21 in L.A.

October 14th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, State Policy

Live in the Los Angeles area and want to show your support for California State Parks? We’ve got just the perfect event for you. Audubon California is joining with the Surfrider Foundation, California State Parks Foundation, and G2 Gallery to present an evening of fun and activism in support of Proposition 21, an initiative on […]

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