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Entries from April 29th, 2011

Results of today’s Firstbird survey

April 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding, Nature education and activities

Thanks to everyone who told us about their first bird of the day. As usual, it’s a great list. The hummingbirds (mostly Anna’s), Brewer’s Blackbirds, California Towhees, and Mourning Doves sort of leap out in big numbers. But lots of other great species as well. Check out the full list below (photo of Brewer’s Blackbird […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day

April 29th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Birding, Flashbirding, Nature education and activities

Every Friday morning, we ask visitors to our social media to¬†look outside, take note of the first bird they see, and then come back and tell us about it. We collect these responses until about noon, then report back later in the afternoon with all the responses. The final list is always pretty cool. So […]

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California Condor bouncing back

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

The San Diego Zoo is just one piece of a large network of public agencies and private organizations helping to bring the California Condor back from the brink of extinction. The San Diego Union-Tribune takes a look at the progress of the endangered bird and the zoo’s role in the recovery program. Share on Facebook

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Heron Festival this weekend in Clear Lake

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Birding, Nature education and activities

Redbud Audubon’s annual Heron Festival is this weekend in Clear Lake. If you’ve never been, this is a great event, and a great chance to see some cool birds. Sure, there are the herons, but you also see the grebes in all their glory. Share on Facebook

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Vaux’s Swifts return to downtown Los Angeles

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird videos, Birding, Nature education and activities

We’re hearing reports that the Vaux’s Swifts are back in downtown Los Angeles, and the Audubon Center at Debs Park and Los Angeles Audubon are hosting another Birds Over Broadway event to get the public out to see them. Join the fun on the top floor of Joe’s Auto Park at 440 S. Broadway at […]

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Today is John James Audubon’s birthday

April 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

Today is John James Audubon’s 226th birthday. Google is honoring the day by putting his birds on its homepage. You can honor birds by simply stepping outside and watching a few in action. Share on Facebook

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Only instead of baking pies, we’re protecting Tricolored Blackbirds for the future

April 25th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird

We’re immensely grateful for all the people who have stepped up to help us protect rare Tricolored Blackbirds in the Central Valley. While we still have a long way to go, the outpouring of support we’ve received so far has been inspirational. As a side note: it’s pretty interesting how many people are choosing the […]

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Yolo Bypass area open again this weekend

April 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas

Looks like the Yolo Bypass area, one of the state’s best places to watch birds, is open again after being closed for a month due to flooding. It’s also an Important Bird Area, meaning it’s critical for conservation. Share on Facebook

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Earth Day needs to be for everybody

April 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

Audubon President David Yarnold appears today on the Huffington Post making the point that Earth Day — and the environmental movement as a whole — needs to include everybody if it’s going to be relevant. Share on Facebook

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Results from today’s Firstbird survey

April 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Birding, Flashbirding, Nature education and activities

Wow, lots of responses to today’s Firstbird survey. And a great list. Glancing at the list, we see a lot of Acorn Woodpeckers, California Towhees, Crows, House Finch, and mockingbirds. But lots and lots of variety. Probably more than 60 different species in all. Also great to have contributions from outside of California, and the […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day

April 22nd, 2011 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding, Nature education and activities

We do it every Friday, and it’s fun. When you look outside for the first time today, just make note of the first bird you see. Then come back here and tell us what it was. You can use this link, or just post a comment below. We’ll take responses until around noon, then bring […]

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Nice ending for injured Red-tailed Hawk

April 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation

Things didn’t look so good for an injured Red-tailed Hawk when it was found at a Pasadena Senior Center. But things have turned around quite well. Share on Facebook

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130,000 Tricolored Blackbirds

April 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Tricolored Blackbird

Just learned something interesting from our Tricolored Blackbird experts in the field about the at-risk breeding colonies we discussed yesterday. The total number of birds in these locations is about 130,000, which is about one-third of all the Tricolored Blackbirds in the world. The speaks both to the incredible size of these colonies, and to […]

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Starr Ranch launches Black Phoebe live nest webcam

April 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird videos, Birding, Nature education and activities, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The Audubon Starr Ranch is well known for its live Barn Owl cam, but now it’s also got a Black Phoebe cam as well. If she’s not on the nest when you look, keep trying back. Share on Facebook

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Help protect Tricolored Blackbirds in California

April 20th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird

As you read this, Audubon California is negotiating with a handful of farmers in California’s Central Valley to protect colonies of rare Tricolored Blackbirds that are nesting in their fields. Tricolored Blackbirds, which live almost exclusively in California, often use wheat fields for breeding because most of their native habitat has been lost. The problem […]

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