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Entries from March 31st, 2012

L.A. teens lead restoration of Debs Park bird habitat

March 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Nature education and activities, Uncategorized, urban conservation

The Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Arroyo Green Team is serious about restoring wildlife habitat. On Saturday, March 31st, these self described “Nature Freaks”, got people from northeast Los Angeles out to participate in a major restoration project in Debs Park, the fourth largest park in LA. The project focused on restoring the coastal sage […]

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The surfing bird

March 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Wildlife photos and video

So, everyone’s heard “Surfin’ Bird,” by the Trashmen. It reached No. 4 on the Billboard charts in 1963, and remains for some the ultimate pop culture combination of birds and surfing.  But for someone who grew up surfing in Southern California, the two will always be inextricably linked. Because when you’re sitting out there on […]

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Wintu Audubon uses Christmas Bird Data to learn more about area birds

March 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Christmas Bird Count, Conservation research

Cool story about Wintu Audubon’s Bill Oliver, who is using decades of Audubon Christmas Bird Count data to get a picture of how birds in the Redding area are faring. His take: Redding has more egrets and turkey vultures, but fewer meadowlarks and kestrels. Yellow-rumped warblers and hooded mergansers are holding their own … ”We’re doing […]

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Video illustrates Swainson’s Hawk migration into North America

March 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Infographics, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

The folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eBird have put together some amazing animations showing bird occurrence in North America for different species, and these are terrific ways to see migratory patterns. One of the more fascinating is the one for Swainson’s Hawks, which shows the bird light up California’s Central Valley and deserts […]

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Think you’re the only person with a thing for the Marbled Godwit? Think again.

March 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

One of the great birds of spring migration on California’s north coast is the Marbled Godwit. So loved is the bird that they’ve named their annual spring migration bird festival after it. Godwit Days takes place April 19-25 in Arcata, and it includes all kinds of workshops, excursions and stuff. (photo by Lee Karney/USFWS) Share […]

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Birdwatching in Sports Illustrated?

March 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding

You better believe it. Pretty sweet cover art, too. (hat tip to Connecticut Audubon for uncovering this.) Share on Facebook

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Vultures may protect other birds and wildlife from disease

March 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Conservation research

We already know the Turkey Vulture as nature’s vacuum cleaner, and appreciate it for keeping things tidy. But this recent article from Conservation Magazine suggests that the vultures may actually be protecting other birds and wildlife from disease by reducing the opportunity for these things to spread. We’re not saying this because we want you […]

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eBird: a great tool for tracking spring migration

March 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding, Conservation research, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

If you’ve been reading our coverage of spring migration over the last few weeks, you have certainly seen some of the terrific maps that we’ve generated from eBird showing bird sightings, both current and past. Well, the maps are only part of the story. If you’re a dedicated birder, you’ve probably heard of eBird before. […]

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Gotta love the Yellow-headed Blackbirds

March 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Of all the birds one might encounter during spring migration, none will be easier to identify than the Yellow-headed Blackbird – it’s a blackbird with a yellow head. This bit of obviousness notwithstanding, it’s one of the coolest looking birds around. After wintering in Mexico and the southwest, the bird is starting to push northward […]

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Gearing up for spring migration at Richardson Bay

March 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, spring migration

Not a lot of people know that the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary is the only privately-owned marine sanctuary in San Francisco Bay. What we’re getting at with this is that 900 acres of our sanctuary is under water, and so we take pride in maintaining this special habitat for a wide array of […]

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People talking about Rufous Hummingbirds in social media

March 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

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More and more Rufous Hummingbirds

March 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, the Rufous Hummingbird is coming through California on its way from its wintering grounds in Central Mexico to breeding grounds in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. You really can’t miss this bird — its coloring is brilliant — orange in the male, orange and green in the female. […]

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Welcome back Bullock’s Oriole

March 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

We’re starting to see lots of reports about Bullock’s Orioles in California– and right on time. This colorful bird starts leaving its winter grounds in southernMexicoin early March and start arriving in California, well, right about now. With its dazzling coloring, this is one that people are glad to see at their feeders and in […]

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Things birders say

March 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Video

OK, the actual title is a bit more PG-13, but there’s no way we’re going to avoid sharing this hilarious video: Share on Facebook

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Big trouble at the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges

March 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Pacific Migration, Peregrine Falcon, spring migration

Audubon California and our partners have been quietly advocating for additional water allotments at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. While it’s not on the tip of everyone’s tongue, it is nonetheless the most important habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48. And today brings new that more than 10,000 birds have died due […]

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