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Entries from December 23rd, 2011

Christmas Bird Count on NPR

December 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off · Christmas Bird Count

Want to hear your voice on the radio? Would you like to brag to your friends that you were on NPR? National Audubon Society Chief Scientist (and Audubon California alum) will be on NPR Science Friday today at 12:30 PM PT and we are inviting YOU to call in and talk about what you’ve seen […]

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Safe travels

December 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California

Safe travels to everyone doing their own “migration” this season and happy holidays! (Illustration by Alex Solis)     Share on Facebook

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Being bird-brained isn’t such an insult afterall

December 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · urban conservation

An article by James Gorman in today’s New York Times reports that pigeons can learn math: Pigeons have now shown that they can learn abstract rules about numbers, an ability which until now had been demonstrated only in primates. In the 1990s scientists trained rhesus monkeys to look at groups of items on a screen […]

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Santa lends a hand

December 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Santa Claus lends a hand to our conservation field crews at the Starr Ranch Sanctuary:   Share on Facebook

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T’was the CBC before Christmas

December 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Birding, Christmas Bird Count

Funny little poem from Greg Cook, from the El Dorado Audubon Society in Long Beach. Share on Facebook

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Helping a Bald Eagle in distress

December 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Bird conservation, Birding, Wildlife photos and video

On Saturday, Dec. 18, photographer Jose Echevarria was driving along Highway 161 in Northern California, when he came across what appeared to be a wounded animal in the road. Here’s how the rest transpired in both his words and photographs: Share on Facebook

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Report from the Tejon Ranch Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas

Several staffers took part in the Tejon Ranch Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Friday, Dec. 16. In the video below, Andrea Jones and Mia Moawad Forcier give a quick report. It should be noted that before Audubon California helped broker a major conservation agreement for the Ranch, little or no scientific surveys were done on […]

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Quiet victory for California seabirds

December 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, seabirds, State Policy

In a decision that probably won’t get much press, the California Fish and Game Commission at its meeting in San Diego yesterday rejected a petition by a small group of fishermen to increase the catch limits for market squid. The Commission followed that decision with another asking conservation stakeholders to develop a draft of a […]

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10 things we’ve learned from the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 16th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, National Audubon Society

Birds are not Climate Skeptics, having spoken with their wings. The Bald Eagle is back; the Endangered Species Act Works Many of America’s most familiar and beloved birds are in serious decline. Eurasian Collared-Doves invaded America Peregrine Falcons are no longer in trouble Sage-grouse are in deep trouble WatchList More and more hummingbirds are staying in […]

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Christmas Bird Counting on Tejon Ranch

December 15th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, National Audubon Society, Tejon Ranch

Staffers from Audubon California are participating in today’s Christmas Bird Count on Tejon Ranch. Before Audubon and four other environmental organizations struck a landmark conservation agreement with the Tejon Ranch Company in 2008, the natural treasures of this pristine wilderness were off limits to researchers. Since that agreement, however, Audubon has been able to add […]

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Innovative Audubon conservation project in Baja will benefit seabirds up and down West Coast

December 15th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, seabirds

Over the last 38 years, techniques developed by Dr. Stephen Kress, Director ofAudubon’s Seabird Restoration Program and Project Puffin, have restored breeding Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds toMaine’s coastal islands. Beginning this spring, the innovative approach, which uses decoys, mirrors, and recordings to attract birds to suitable nesting sites, will be implemented on theBaja Californiapeninsula. […]

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A great day on Aramburu Island

December 14th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Anyone who has been following this blog for a while knows that we are very excited about the work we’re doing on Aramburu Island in San Francisco Bay. We recently finished a dramatic reshaping of the shoreline to better accommodate migratory shorebirds, and we’re already seeing great results. Today, we had a team survey the […]

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Keiller Kyle talks about Tricolored Blackbirds

December 14th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird

Keiller Kyle, Audubon California’s Tricolored Blackbird Coordinator stopped by our Emeryville office to talk about our work to save this fantastic California bird. He had a lot to say, but these few facts stood out: In 1937, there were more than 3 million Tricolored Blackbirds in California. In 2010, there were 259,000. In 1900, the […]

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Laverne the California Least Tern

December 14th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, urban conservation

So, some of our Audubon staffers were down in San Diego recently to do some conservation planning for Mission Bay. While at the airport, they stumbled upon this sign at the bookstore. After asking a few questions, they learned that an entire story had built around an endangered California Least Tern (which they’ve named Laverne) […]

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Starr Ranch Barn Owls are back!

December 14th, 2011 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Video, Wildlife photos and video

Those of you who enjoyed watching the Audubon Starr Ranch Barn Owls via live webcam last year will be glad to know that the owls are back. So far, they’ve laid five eggs, which means that we’ll have owlets before too long. You can watch it all live here. Enjoy. Share on Facebook

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