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Entries from January 31st, 2011

Pecking order: about beaks

January 31st, 2011 · Comments Off · Birding, Conservation research, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

There’s a great article in this month’s issue of Audubon Magazine about bird beaks, answering all kinds of questions about why, how, what, etc. A lot of things you would never have guessed. Share on Facebook

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Ghost plant

January 29th, 2011 · Comments Off · Conservation research, Nature education and activities

Fascinating story about a plant that was thought long extinct being discovered by a botanist driving by a construction site near the Golden Gate Bridge. Share on Facebook

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Free birding class in one of the best birding places ever, Feb. 5

January 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Kern River Preserve, Nature education and activities

The Audubon Kern River Preserve will hold another of its free monthly family nature explorations on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Come learn how to identify the dozens of species of birds in Kern River Valley backyards from Alison Sheehey, Outreach Director at the Audubon Kern River Preserve. More about the class […]

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Results from today’s firstbird poll

January 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities, Polls

Wow, great turnout. More than 150 people told us about their first bird of the day. The largest group left their observation on Facebook, and a slightly smaller number clicked through to our online form. Today’s list contained more than 70 different species (hard to get an exact count given our somewhat flexible naming conventions). […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day

January 28th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

What’s the first bird you saw today? Either tell us at this link, or just leave a comment on this post. This has been a fun exercise so far and the results have been fascinating. And it’s easy — all you have to do is look outside. (photo by Peter LaTourrette) Share on Facebook

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A big thanks to the Orange County Conservation Corps

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The powerful storms that blew through Southern California a couple weeks ago caused a lot of damage at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. Floodwaters wiped out roads, damaged buildings, and made certain areas of the Sanctuary impassable. Thank goodness for the 10-person crew from the Orange County Conservation Corps. These young, at-risk […]

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S.F. Bay waterbird survey breaks record — again!

January 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Important Bird Areas, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Surveys of waterbirds at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary have set record highs three times in a row. Monday’s jaw-dropping total was 13,339 birds in the Sanctuary. Again, they were mostly Scaup, which were for the most part resting (probably after gorging on herring eggs?), and they seemed to be concentrated in the […]

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Memories of Owens Lake

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas

The story of Owens Lake is one of the more fascinating histories that one will find in this great state of ours. And that story is one in which birds play a major role. As we’ve discussed on these pages, Audubon California has been active working with local Audubon chapters to secure vital bird habitat […]

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Coalition eyes restoration of S.F. Bay underwater habitat

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, S.F. Bay, seabirds

An interagency coalition has released an important report detailing goals for research, protection and restoration of the incredible natural world beneath the waters of the San Francisco Bay. And, sure, this habitat is vital for fish and plants, but it’s also incredibly important for the birds that make the Bay their home. Share on Facebook

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Santa Monica bans single-use plastic bags

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Pollution

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Build it and the birds will come

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, urban conservation

Los Altos residents realize that if you create great backyard bird habitat, the birds will find you. Share on Facebook

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Early impressions from the Mountain Plover survey

January 25th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research

Audubon California sponsored a survey of Mountain Plovers throughout California over the last few days. We’re still gathering the data and will have the final report in a few weeks. Early impressions were that the bird lived up to its reputation as being very rare. Many surveyors didn’t see a single one, and some super heavy […]

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Audubon on the Daily Show

January 25th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, National Audubon Society, Video

Can birds make a difference for a community when others can’t? Check out this clip from the Daily Show: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Bird Like Me www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook Share on Facebook

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Proposal to ban dogs from some Bay Area parks sparking controversy

January 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay

A federal proposal to enforce leash laws or ban dogs altogether from some parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is causing some controversy, mostly from some dogs owners quite upset. Wildlife advocates, including the Golden Gate Audubon Society, support the restrictions. Share on Facebook

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Pasadena Audubon starts youth scholarship to honor Mike San Miguel

January 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Birding, Nature education and activities

The Pasadena Audubon Society recently created a youth scholarship program to honor birder Mike San Miguel, who died while surveying for owls last year. Share on Facebook

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