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Entries from January 30th, 2012

Creating new bird habitat in the San Joaquin Valley

January 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Landowner Stewardship

Audubon California had a great day in the San Joaquin Valley last week, planting a new habitat restoration site on property owned by the Lange Twins Wine Company. Working with private landowners is one of our key strategies for increasing the amount of useful bird habitat statewide. We used this opportunity to teach students from […]

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Winter bird count for kids in San Rafael

January 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

In January, we held a winter bird count at the Pickleweed Community Center in San Rafael. Lots of children and families turned out. It was a great time, and proof that birds matter to everybody. Our partners on the project included WildCare and PRBO Conservation Science. Check out the video: Share on Facebook

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Searching for the ‘Ghost of the Plains’

January 24th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Conservation research

The Mountain Plover is one of those birds that perfectly represents a California– in fact, a United States– that hasn’t existed for a very long time. Once plentiful across plains states in the summer and inCaliforniain the winter, the bird has declined as its habitat has been fragmented and lost. One of our staffers refers […]

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Is someone harming Brown Pelicans in Santa Barbara?

January 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird conservation

The Santa Barbara has a frightening story today about five Brown Pelicans that have been found with injuries to their wings that suggest someone intentionally harmed them. Let’s hope that’s not true. Share on Facebook

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From fire comes rare bird habitat

January 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird

What you’re seeing in this photo is a wetland being burned to get rid of dead and dying cattail stems to allow for new growth to come in this spring. The site is a Kern County duck club that is working with Audubon California to water its wetlands in the spring and summer to encourage […]

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新年快乐!

January 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Resources

Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the year of the Dragon. Here are some interesting bird-related traditions associated with the holiday and Chinese astrology: Seeing a red bird brings good luck in the new year An image of a bird symbolizes family Birds are associated with the sun Cranes are one of the most important […]

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Great news for So. Cal. Important Bird Area

January 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas

The Los Angeles Ballona Wetlands are an Audubon Important Bird Area, and the news is that the state has just approved funding for a major restoration. There appears to be some disagreement over how to best implement this project, but nonetheless, great news. Share on Facebook

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Speak up for California State Parks

January 18th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, California State Parks, Important Bird Areas, State Policy

Well, they’re at it again. The latest proposed budget from the Governor’s office continues the state down a path toward shutting down 25 percent of our State Parks. Moreover, he also threatens to eliminate lifeguards and fire more rangers if his revenue initiative fails to pass this November. We’ve had enough of this. Let your […]

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Bird songs reduce crime

January 17th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California

A California mayor is taking a new approach to combating his city’s problems. Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster is piping in bird songs. According to a Wall Street Journal interview, minor crime is down 15%  and serious crimes fell 6% in the city and its citizens are in better spirits: “We’re not seeing that […]

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The miracle of bird feathers

January 12th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, National Audubon Society

We really love this article about bird feathers in the recent issue of Audubon Magazine. It’s about feathers, but it does a good job of describing a number of the things that are so awesome about birds in general. Share on Facebook

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Getting alternative energy right

January 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, State Policy

To the untrained eye, California’s Mojave and Colorado deserts might appear like barren, lifeless places. It would seem like an ideal location for hundreds of square miles of solar arrays and transmission lines – power plants for alternative energy that will reduce the impacts of climate change on our planet. “The reality is that these […]

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Snake versus Falcon

January 11th, 2012 · 10 Comments · How to help birds, Peregrine Falcon

As told to our Facebook fan Sharon D. by her friend in Montana: This has to be the weirdest thing that ever floated by me on the Snake River.  A Falcon and a snake were stuck together in death lock, each wanting to kill the other first.  My guess is that the Falcon snatched up […]

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Audubon Christmas Bird Count visits Santa Cruz Island

January 5th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Conservation research, National Audubon Society

The 2011/2012 Audubon Christmas Bird Count visited remote Santa Cruz Island (23 miles off Southern California) on Dec. 19. Audubon California was there and interviewed a few of the participants: Share on Facebook

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Condor vs. wind?

January 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Federal Policy

Interesting article posted on the Forbes website today about the potential conflict between the resurgent  California Condor and increased wind energy development in the Tehachapi Mountains. As the endangered bird slowly begins to recover more of its historical range, representatives from both the wind energy industry and environmental advocates acknowledge that a condor death from […]

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