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Entries from June 30th, 2011

Fashion and birds: What the latest trend tells us about Audubon and ourselves

June 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

Some of you may have caught this interesting story in the New York Times yesterday about how fly fishing shops around the country are being overrun by women and fashion designers looking for feathers to wear in their hair. This new fashion trend is apparently clearing out stocks of the long feathers that fly fisherman […]

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Audubon California’s top bird guy goes big time

June 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Conservation research, National Audubon Society

Gary Langham has been named Audubon’s Chief Scientist, after four years as Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon California. While with Audubon California, Dr. Langham led a team that developed a predictive GIS-based model that identifies specific habitat areas and species at risk from climate change.  Audubon is now expanding this groundbreaking approach to encompass […]

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Study finds mist netting generally safe for birds

June 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation

Audubon California, like many other bird conservation organizations, bands birds to learn about fluctuations in local bird population. In so doing, we and others frequently use so-called mist nets, very light nets that capture birds as they fly through a certain area. We’re often asked if this practice is safe for birds. While in our […]

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Judge orders federal government to do more for endangered species in California

June 29th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas

The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that a U.S. District Court judge has ordered the federal government to do more to protect endangered species at four national forests in California. This could have substantial ramifications for endangered birds. Share on Facebook

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Revisiting an old restoration site

June 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship

We recently went out and visited a habitat restoration site that we completed three years ago along an irrigation channel on a private farm near Winters. You wouldn’t believe what this place looked like then — barren, covered in non-native weeds, no birds or life to speak of. Now it’s thriving, and birds are everywhere. […]

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Audubon Magazine features So Cal hummingbird nest

June 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, National Audubon Society

Audubon Magazine’s Perch blog has a great link to an Allen’s Hummingbird nest in Southern California, as well as some interesting background on the species. Share on Facebook

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Talking about the importance of parks

June 27th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, California State Parks, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

Garrison Frost was recently interviewed on the website GreenXC talking about the importance of national and state parks in continuing our nation’s tradition of connecting with birds and nature. There’s also a great deal of conversation about the National Audubon Society and its efforts to connect with a new generation of bird and nature enthusiasts: […]

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Despite major effort, endangered seabird population declines at Port of Los Angeles

June 27th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, seabirds

Despite an expensive effort from the Port of Los Angeles, numbers of California Least Terns in a protected site continue to decline, the Los Angeles Times reports. Share on Facebook

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Audubon President in HuffPost: “Don’t take birds for granted”

June 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, National Audubon Society

Audubon President David Yarnold writes in the Huffington Post this week that while it’s important to save rare birds from extinction, it’s also vital to keep common birds common: The bird you heard singing or saw overhead today? It’s pretty easy to take it for granted, but in fact, it might have traveled thousands of […]

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Results from today’s Firstbird survey

June 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding

Wow, another great list from our Friday Firstbird survey this morning. Big thanks to everyone that took part. Lots of incredible birds in there. And we had our first California Condor today, sighted by one participant at the Grand Canyon. The comment was “They’re big!” Anyway, check out the whole list (photo by Frier/USFWS): Share […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day

June 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Flashbirding

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another Firstbird survey. What was your first bird of the day. Let us know, and we’ll add your response to those from people around California and beyond. Use this link, or just post a comment. Tell your friends about it. The more the merrier. Share on Facebook

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OXY interns help shape Arroyo Green Team

June 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Nature education and activities

The Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Arroyo Green Team has been doing some incredible work in the park around the Center — project such as running habitat restoration projects, mentoring younger kids during summer camp, and developing a wildlife monitoring project. This spring, in addition to working with Master Teacher Naturalist Gabriela Castañeda, they were also […]

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Results from today’s Firstbird survey

June 17th, 2011 · Comments Off · Birding, Flashbirding, Nature education and activities

Great list today. Check out all the birds you saw below the fold. Share on Facebook

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Tell us about the first bird you saw today

June 17th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding, Nature education and activities

If it’s Friday, it’s time for another Firstbird survey. Use this link to tell us about the first bird you saw today, or just post a comment below (tell us the bird and the general location). We’ll take sightings until about 11 a.m. this morning and then get back with a full report. Have fun! […]

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So Cal Audubon members and supporters get a deal on bird photography classes at Samy’s

June 16th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities, Wildlife photos and video

If you’ve ever been to Audubon California’s Facebook page, you know that photography is a great way to connect with birds and nature. We know you love taking pictures of birds, so we’ve struck a deal with Samy’s Camera – which offers great photography classes for beginners and pros alike – to give Southern California […]

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