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Entries from March 28th, 2011

Ventura Audubon helping kids help Western Snowy Plovers

March 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, National Audubon Society

Great article in the Ventura County Starr last week about Ventura Audubon’s efforts to protect Western Snowy Plover breeding sites using signs designed by community kids. Ventura Audubon is one of several chapters using funding from TogetherGreen to engage local kids in helping this Threatened species. (photo by Mike Baird) Share on Facebook

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What birds want in a birdhouse

March 26th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities

According to the Sacramento Bee, it’s more about functionality than looks. Now you know. Share on Facebook

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Results of today’s Firstbird survey

March 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding, Nature education and activities

Big thanks to everyone who participated in today’s Firstbird poll. Once again, lots of great birds, including our first from Hawaii — a Common Myna. Top bird was probably the Anna’s Hummingbird with at least 12. Mourning Dove was also a common sighting, as well as quail, robins, and crows. It’s a great list — […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day*

March 25th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding, Nature education and activities

We do it every Friday, and it’s great fun. When you go out this morning for the first time, take note of the first bird you see. Them back here and tell us about it. Record your sighting here, or just leave a comment below. We’ll take your responses until about noon, then get back […]

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Audubon Magazine takes a closer look at tsunami’s impact on marine birds

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society, seabirds

Jane Braxton Little at Audubon Magazine has an interesting article up, taking a closer look at the impact of the tsunami on marine birds all over the Pacific. Not only does Little look closer at the devastation on Midway, but also at Important Bird Areas in Japan and elsewhere. Share on Facebook

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Audubon chapters doing amazing work protecting nesting Western and Clark’s Grebes

March 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, seabirds

Folks from Audubon California and three local chapters met earlier this week in Clear Lake to talk about our ongoing project to protect breeding Western and Clark’s Grebes in four northern California lakes. Also present were representatives from the Luckenbach Trustee Council, which is funding this project from settlements arising from oil spills that harmed […]

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Farming for birds and wildlife

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Landowner Stewardship

Yolo County’s John Anderson is a former Audubon California board member and pioneer in the movement to make agriculture more hospitable for birds and wildlife. He was in many ways the inspiration for Audubon California’s Landowner Stewardship Program. Great story in the Sacramento about how his message is taking hold among local farmers. Share on Facebook

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Judge places state efforts to curb climate change on hold

March 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Global Warming, State Policy

A California Superior Court judge today placed the state’s much debated plan to arrest global warming on hold, agreeing with several environmental justice organizations that the state’s cap-and-trade plan would allow polluters to keep causing damage to low income communities. The state has announced its intention to appeal the decision. Share on Facebook

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Volunteers making a difference for Western Snowy Plover

March 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Endangered Species Act, Western Snowy Plover

Volunteers have always been crucial in the efforts to help Threatened Western Snowy Plovers along the California coast. This great article reviews their successes at Coal Oil Point near Santa Barbara, and looks at other nearby efforts as well. (photo by Glen Tepke) Share on Facebook

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Planting to support California Quail in your yard

March 20th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities

Nice bit of information from the San Francisco Chronicle about how to make your yard more hospitable for California Quail. Share on Facebook

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Results from today’s firstbird survey

March 18th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

Biggest turnout so far for our Firstbird poll at about 250 responses. Big thanks to everyone that participated. And what a great list. For the firs time we had Bald Eagles, and not just one, but two (one was from Missouri). We said earlier that our first bird was a crow, and that turned out […]

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What was the first bird you saw today?

March 18th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities

We do it every Friday morning, and it simple: Go outside and make a note of the first bird you see this morning. Then come back here and tell us what it was. Use this link, or simply leave a comment below. We’ll take your responses until around noon, then get back to you in […]

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Working with rice farmers to help migratory birds

March 15th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Landowner Stewardship

Audubon Magazine has a terrific feature in its current edition about our efforts to work with rice farmers in the Central Valley to create habitat for Long-billed Curlew and other shorebirds. It really shows what’s possible when private landowners and conservationists work together. (photo by Alison Sheehey) Share on Facebook

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A note about Japan earthquake and tsunami

March 15th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, seabirds

In the last few days, we’ve posted a lot of information about the impact of the earthquake and tsunami on seabirds. We want to make sure it’s understood that, like everyone else, we at Audubon California are deeply saddened and, frankly, stunned, by the loss of human life and the unfolding tragedy in Japan and […]

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Connecting to the next generation of bird enthusiasts

March 14th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

NPR’s Marketplace today is airing a piece about Audubon’s efforts to connect with new audiences through, among other things, social media and blogs like this one. But it’s obviously more than just using the hip new tools. It’s about connecting people to the wonders of nature around them. And that’s something that anyone should be […]

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