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Entries from September 30th, 2011

Results from today’s Firstbird survey

September 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · Birding, Flashbirding

Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s Firstbird survey. The Acorn Woodpecker was spotted up and down California and the hummingbird continues to be a frequent backyard visitor. The Black Phoebe also made an appearance on the list again. Did you know that the Black Phoebe is a like a dog? It enjoys being […]

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What was the first bird you saw today?

September 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · Flashbirding

What was the first bird you saw this morning? Use this link to tell us, or leave a comment below (bird, location). This afternoon we’ll collect all the sightings and post the list. (Juvenile Marbled Murrelet/USFWS) Share on Facebook

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Audubon and The Big Year

September 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · Birding, National Audubon Society, Video

So if you’re into birds, you’ve got to be totally fired up about the Oct. 14 opening of the movie, The Big Year. The movie stars Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black and is totally about birds and birding. Audubon plays a role in the movie as well, getting a little credit for helping […]

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Working with rice farmers to help migratory birds

September 29th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Conservation research, Landowner Stewardship

As you’ve probably read here before, Audubon California is committed to working with farmers and ranchers to provide quality habitat for birds on working lands. The video below talks about our work in the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership (which includes Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and PRBO Conservation Science) to help rice farmers improve the habitat […]

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Hang out with us in Venice, Oct. 20

September 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you don’t want to miss our second “Not Your Grandmother’s Audubon” event Oct. 20 in Venice. (P.S. Grandmas are totally welcome, by the way. We love them.) The featured guest of the event will be James Curie (pictured) of Birding Adventures TV. He’s a fascinating guy […]

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Assemblymember Jared Huffman recognized for his tireless defense of the state’s natural treasures

September 27th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, National Audubon Society, State Policy

Audubon California redently honored Assemblymember Jared Huffman with its Byron Sher Award for his extraordinary leadership in the conservation of California’s environment. “Jared Huffman has proven himself time and time again a leader in the effort to protect California’s great natural treasures,” said Graham Chisholm, executive director of Audubon California. “Future generations of Californians will […]

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Black Oystercatcher Population Surprises Scientists

September 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Conservation research

In June, Audubon California and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service led expert birders and biologists in a study of the Black Oystercatcher. Scientists were surprised at the number of sightings of the threatened bird they received. A total of 1,346 birds and 175 nests were counted. When compared against the total amount of suitable […]

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Results from today’s Firstbird survey

September 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Flashbirding

Here are the results from today’s Firstbird survey. We had 109 entries and the hummingbird continues its streak as the most spotted bird. One of the more colorful birds spotted this morning was a Telegraph Hill Parrot. The birds are considered one of San Francisco’s living landmarks. Share on Facebook

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Kern Valley Autumn Nature & Vulture Festival

September 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off · Birding, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve, Nature education and activities, Tricolored Blackbird, Uncategorized

Visit Audubon Kern River Preserve on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m – 3 p.m. for the 17th Annual Audubon sponsored Autumn Nature & Vulture Festival. Click here for the schedule of activities. This amazing sanctuary in the southern Sierra Nevada is just 1 hour from Bakersfield.  Maps and directions to the preserve. Share […]

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Follow the Vaux’s Swifts

September 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Birding, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

If bird migration is one of the great wonders of nature, then the travels of Vaux’s Swifts has to be one of migration’s greatest spectacles. To see a giant flock of swifts coming into roost for the night is amazing. For years, Audubon chapters, centers and programs have been documenting and sharing this wonder. Now, […]

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Tell us about your first bird of the day

September 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding

Every Friday morning, we ask people in California and beyond about the first bird they saw. And the results are always amazing. So, use this link to let us know about your first bird. Or you can just post a comment below (bird, location). Later in the day, we’ll add up all the sightings and […]

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San Francisco Seeks Standards for Bird Safe Buildings

September 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Local Policy, S.F. Bay, urban conservation

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Bird Safe Building Standards yesterday. The regulations attempt to lower the number of bird deaths related to collision with buildings. San Francisco is located along the Pacific Flyway, a route migratory birds travel in the spring and fall that stretches from Patagonia to Alaska. According to Golden […]

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Settlement reached in 2007 S.F. Bay oil spill

September 20th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Pollution, S.F. Bay

Local, state and federal officials announced a settlement with the owners of the Cosco Busan oil tanker that spilled oil into San Francisco Bay in 2007, killing thousands of birds and damaging a great deal of vital habitat. Share on Facebook

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Rock stars

September 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Birding

Birds are like rock stars — they dress up and sing! Share on Facebook

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Results from yesterday’s Firstbird survey

September 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Flashbirding

Our apologies for the late report, but yesterday’s Firstbird survey nonetheless produced a fantastic list of  birds from around California and beyond. More than 160 people told us about their first bird of the day, and we were impressed. The hummingbirds are still well represented in this list — great to see them in such […]

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