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Entries from December 27th, 2010

The lasting value of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities, S.F. Bay, urban conservation

Mike Lynes of the Golden Gate Audubon Society has a nice piece in today’s San Francisco Chronicle on the lasting value of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Share on Facebook

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Sac Bee takes a look at upcoming Mountain Plover survey

December 26th, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act

Nice story in the Sacramento Bee about our upcoming survey of Mountain Plovers in California. If you’re interested in helping us out, here’s a little more information. (photo by Glen Tepke) Share on Facebook

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A big win for marine life in southern California

December 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

On December 15, the California Fish and Game Commission took the historic step of adopting a new network of marine and estuarine reserves in southern California  – some adjacent to our largest urban centers. These new sheltered zones will protect key habitats for over 100 other species of breeding and wintering marine and coastal seabirds, […]

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Big-time flooding around the Audubon Kern River Preserve

December 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Recent rains are creating all kinds of flooding around our Audubon Kern River Preserve. Check out the photos from Alison Sheehey. Share on Facebook

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Steve Blank: a strong voice for the environment

December 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, Steve Blank

Steve Blank is not one to fall into poetic rhapsodies when talking about birds and nature. When he speaks of these things, he tends toward the more familiar lexicons of economics and science. He is clearly someone who is more comfortable with demonstrable facts, not emotional vagaries. While this might distinguish him from many conservation […]

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State adopts Marine Protected Areas in Southern California

December 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Conservation research, seabirds

Somehow we neglected to report this when it happened, but the California Fish and Game Commission last week adopted a set of Marine Protected Areas for the Southern California coast. This is a very big deal for marine birds, as they depend on these ecosystems for breeding and foraging. We’ll have more in the next […]

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What did Conan O’Brien know and when did he know it?

December 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

One of our people just noticed this ad that ran several weeks ago for the new Conan O’Brien show. Notice the species of bird on his shoulder. Share on Facebook

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Condors and lead

December 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · California Condor, Endangered Species Act

Interesting commentary from Bloomberg’s Mike Di Paola about the ongoing threat of lead to condors. Share on Facebook

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Testing ways to enhance bird habitat on rice farms

December 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Landowner Stewardship

Interesting story on how we’re working with rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley to enhance the habitat value of their lands for migratory birds. With so much of California’s wetlands now gone, rice farms are increasingly a vital habitat for the birds. We’re doing this work in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and PRBO Conservation […]

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Give a child an hour in nature

December 21st, 2010 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Seven minutes outdoors. Compared to seven hours in front of the television or computer. That’s the typical experience of our nation’s children each day, according to a 2010 study. Across Audubon, we are breaking this trend by getting children out into nature. But we need your help. Audubon California’s nature education programs educate and enlighten […]

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Results of today’s Firstbird poll

December 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

Lots of interesting sightings this morning. And a suprisingly large number of responses given the fact that this is a holiday week. About 100 people sent their responses, letting us now about more than 50 different species. Once again, crows led the way, but then a whole bunch of interesting stuff right behind that. Lots […]

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What’s the first bird you saw today?

December 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

Our first #firstbird was a total success. Let’s do it again. Tell us about the first bird you saw today. Use this link, or just enter it in the comments below. We’ll take reponses until noon, then add them up and report back this afternoon. Share on Facebook

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Concerns over eagle safety stalling wind projects on Federal land

December 16th, 2010 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Global Warming

The Feds are apparently doing their job. Share on Facebook

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Beer and Bangers for the Birds in Los Angeles

December 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Nature education and activities

What would it be like if a bunch of cool people got together at a hip art gallery in Venice to talk about birds, taste some beers and enjoy some gourmet sausages? If you’re in Los Angeles, you can find out yourself on Feb. 11 when Audubon California and the G2 Gallery host “Beer and […]

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Barn Owl named Audubon California’s 2010 Bird of the Year

December 14th, 2010 · 19 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, Nature education and activities, urban conservation

One of the most common species of owls in California, if not the world, today was named the 2010 Audubon California Bird of the Year after it received nearly 70 percent of votes cast during an online poll this fall. With its distinctive white face, the Barn Owl is known to frequent agricultural lands, suburban […]

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