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Entries from February 28th, 2011

USDA responsible for one mass bird die-off

February 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Conservation research, Federal Policy

Remember just a couple months ago when everyone was concerned about what seemed to be a sudden spate of bird mass bird die-offs? Well, turns out that at least one of those was due to the folks and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Division. And by Wildlife Services, they apparently mean poisoning birds. Share on […]

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Former Audubon president Russell Peterson dies

February 26th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society

Former Audubon President Russell W. Peterson has died. Peterson was a former scientist who rose to be one of the nation’s leading environmentalists. He served as Audubon President from 1979 to 1985. Audubon has posted a nice piece of remembrances from former colleagues. Peterson was 94. Share on Facebook

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Potential new seabird discovered

February 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Bird conservation, Birding, Conservation research, seabirds

A multinational team led by seabird expert Peter Harrison has discovered a new seabird species. The strom-petrel, found off the coast of Puerto Montt, Chile, doesn’t seem to be from any of the know storm-petrel species. Harrison, it should be noted, will be the keynote speaker at next week’s Audubon California Assembly (Not too late to […]

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Results of today’s Firstbird poll

February 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

Wow, that was our best turnout ever. More than 200 individual reponses. And that was despite the huge rainstorms in some parts of the state early this morning. We have well over 50 different species, and some great birds overall. Lots of goldfinches in the list today, as well as Crow, Black Phoebe, Dark-eyed Junco, […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day

February 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

We do it every Friday, first thing. As you poke your nose out the window, or leave for work, take a moment to appreciate the first bird you see. Then, when you’re at your computer, let us know what it was. It’s easier for us if you use this link, but you can also leave […]

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Great birding at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

February 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding

Love this video from the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area about remarkable birding opportunities just outside of Sacramento: Share on Facebook

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Results of today’s Flashbird

February 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

Great Flashbird today. Lots of great species — and all spotted by you folks in about an hour. Nearly 200 sightings in all. Of course, there were logs of Rock Doves, Crows and other regulars, but also some neat ones that we don’t get to see all that often. Check out the full list below. […]

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Birds turn up in the darndest places

February 19th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Nature education and activities, Pollution

One of the worst kept secrets among Northern California birders for quite some time has been a series of wastewater oxidation ponds near the Chico Water Pollution Control Plant. Seems this has been a unique hotspot for birds and migratory waterfowl, and some of the largest numbers of rare birds in the area seem to […]

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CA releases country’s first K-12 environmental curriculum

February 19th, 2011 · Comments Off · Nature education and activities

The California Environmental Protection Agency this month issued the country’s first K-12 environmental cirriculum. Interesting read. Share on Facebook

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2011 Owens Lake Spring Big Day Tuesday, April 19

February 18th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding

Come over on the East Side, and join Eastern Sierra Audubon and Audubon California for a fun Big Day at Owens Lake. The lake will be surveyed for all birds of all species during the peak of spring migration. Small groups will census every bird habitat at Owens Lake in order to have a snapshot of […]

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Take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count

February 18th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding, Conservation research, National Audubon Society

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent and in Hawaii. Each checklist submitted by these “citizen scientists” helps researchers at the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology  learn […]

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Results of today’s firstbird poll

February 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

Participants reported more than 160 first birds this morning, a new record for the Friday Firstbird, for sure. In all, you reported more than 50 species of birds. Leading the way were American Robin, Anna’s Hummingbird, California Towhee, Crow, and Mourning Dove. But there were lots of great birds throughout. We received reports through our […]

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What was the first bird you saw today?

February 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

If it’s Friday, it must be time for Audubon California’s Firstbird poll. As the sun rises over California, and you start your day, take a moment to note the first bird you see — either by intention or accident. Then go to this link and let us know what it was. Or you can just […]

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Legislation could gut plans to save endangered fish and restore San Joaquin River

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, Water issues

Legislation has been introduced in the House that would defund efforts to restore the San Joaquin River and protect the endangered Delta Smelt. Both of these actions could have ramifications for birds in the Central Valley. We’ll watch these developments carefull. Share on Facebook

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Bald Eagles continue resurgence in California

February 13th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Nature education and activities

Experts with the state Department of Fish and Game are expressing their pleasure that the Bald Eagle’s resurgence in California is continuing apace. Share on Facebook

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