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Entries from July 31st, 2011

Barred Owl threatening Northern Spotted Owl in Muir Woods

July 31st, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

Via the Marin Independent-Journal, newer Barred Owls have begun posing a problem for endangered Northern Spotted Owls in Marin’s Muir Woods. (photo courtesy the USFWS) Share on Facebook

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Birds everywhere, even in your home

July 31st, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Nature education and activities

It’s not secret that birds are popular design motifs in home decor. And it might seem like a recent trend, but the truth is that we’ve been seeing birds on pillow, plates, draperies and wallpaper since forever. One writer tries to figure this out in a wire story, and our own Executive Director Graham Chisholm […]

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Results from today’s Firstbird survey

July 29th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding

Great turnout for today’s Firstbird survey. Nearly 150 sightings from all over California, and the world. Really awesome to see those birds that we don’t see in the Golden State. And while there are lots of great birds on today’s list, we have to say that it does give us a little smile every time […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day

July 29th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding

Every Friday we ask folks from around California and beyond to tell us about the first bird they saw. We want to add yours to the list. Use this link, or just post a comment below. Later in the day, we’ll add up all the sightings and report back a terrific snapshot of what people […]

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Maybe doing a better job of picking up their trash would be a start?

July 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, seabirds

So the San Francisco Giants are having problems with gulls in the late innings of their games. The birds, apparently drawn to the food scraps and trash left by visitors, are becoming such an issue that the operators of AT&T Park are thinking of hiring a falcon to chase away the gulls. Well, that might […]

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House bill would gut protections for birds and other wildlife

July 26th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, National Audubon Society

We need your help. Now. Each year, Congress passes appropriations bills that fund land acquisition, state wildlife programs, listing for endangered species, upkeep at wildlife refuges, and so much more. Now these and other conservation programs have been slashed, leaving wildlife and habitat hanging in the balance. This could be one of the biggest assaults […]

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Saving native oysters in advance of big habitat project in S.F. Bay

July 26th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, Video

Our colleagues at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary are about to commence a major habitat enhancement project on Aramburu Island, right across from the Center. But before bringing in the heavy machinery, they took a bunch of volunteers out to the site last week to relocate native oysters that occupied the shoreline. Oysters […]

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More on the push for bird-safe buildings in San Francisco

July 25th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Local Policy, urban conservation

Did you know that buildings kill more birds than wind turbines? Addressing this problem is an important urban conservation priority. Golden Gate Audubon is leading a push in San Francisco for bird-safe building code. Learn more in KQED’s coverage today. Share on Facebook

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Results from today’s Firstbird survey

July 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding

At first glance, this might seem to be a quiet Firstbird survey. Not a lot of responses — probably fewer than a hundred. But when you look at the birds, there’s nothing quiet going on here at all. Lots of amazing birds throughout, and some great sightings from well beyond California, including a Kookaburra in […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day

July 22nd, 2011 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding

If it’s Friday, it’s time for another Firstbird survey. When you go outside for the first time today, make a note of the first bird you see. Then come back here and tell us what it was. Haven’t been outside yet? Then look out the window. Every Friday, we get reports from all over California […]

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Cleanup of Midway lead could save thousands of albatrosses

July 19th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, Pollution, seabirds

Great update on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s cleanup project on Midway Island, where lead from old buildings is poisoning albatross chicks at a startling rate. Share on Facebook

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Protect the small fish that seabirds rely on to survive

July 17th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, seabirds

That’s the theory behind Audubon California’s support of Assembly Bill 1299, which requires the state to take into account the needs of the entire California Current ecosystem when determining how much forage fish we take out of the water. Great overview in today’s San Diego Union Tribune. Share on Facebook

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Golden Gate Audubon wins bird-safe standards for new buildings in S.F.

July 16th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, urban conservation

In a great victory for birds in high-rise San Francisco, the won new bird-safe building standardsGolden Gate Audubon Society, working with the American Bird Conservancy, went to the city’s Planning Commission and . Great work. Share on Facebook

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Results from today’s Firstbird survey

July 15th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding

Ah yes, another Friday, another great snapshot of the birds being seen in California and beyond provided by all of you. This is a great list today, showing the full contingent of summer birds. Lots of the usuals, but also lots of nice surprises. For instance, we enjoyed seeing the reports of Chestnut-backed Chickadees. But […]

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Partners in bird conservation from Chile

July 15th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship, National Audubon Society

For the last week or so, Audubon California has enjoyed the company of two researchers from CECPAN, based in Chile, and an Audubon partner through Birdlife International. Pictured above, from left, are Jorge Valenzuela and Alvaro Montaña with Audubon California Ecologist Justin Schuetz. While here, our friends from Chile checked out our work with private […]

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