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Entries from July 31st, 2012

Falcon attacks mailman

July 31st, 2012 · 2 Comments · Bird videos

We’re used to the story of the mailman and dog, but this Texan mailman has found out that a family of falcons that live along his mail route are no fans of his standard issue sun hat. The bright white causes the birds to dive-bomb him, so much so that he now switches his hat […]

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Marin Audubon argues that Clapper Rails — and other endangered birds — are worth saving

July 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay

Great opinion piece in today’s Marin Independent-Journal from Marin Audubon’s Barbara Salzman and Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed’s Sandra Guldman about the need to protect the California Clapper Rail in Marin. They argue forcefully that keeping a species in existence is not only a responsibility, but a privilege. Share on Facebook

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Brown Pelicans heading inland, seeking food

July 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Bird Habitat, Birding

We’ve been following the reports of numerous Brown Pelicans appearing sick and hungry on California beaches. Now, we’re hearing that the birds are heading eastward to find food — into the Delta and other inland waters. Brian Sullivan from eBird noted on the birding listervs that the sightings were popping up in their system as […]

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San Diego rare bird alert!

July 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Birding

A Vermilion Flycatcher has been spotted by San Diego birder Catherine Zinsky. There have only been two sightings reported on eBird this year in San Diego County. This striking red bird likes open habitat near savannah, riparian woodlands, agriculture, and scrub. Good sighting Catherine and good luck to our San Diego-based readers! (Photo by Pablo Lèautaud)   […]

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Our weekend bird obsession: Yellow-breasted Chat

July 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding

There is list serve chatter that the lovely little Yellow-breasted Chat is flying around Marin County. We keep hoping the little guy or gal will make its way to our backyard feeder. A large songbird, the Yellow-breasted Chat has a wingspan that can reach 9.75 inches. In the meantime we can watch this YouTube video […]

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Audubon joins other conservation groups to help craft vision for solar energy on public lands

July 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway

For the last several years, Audubon and other conservation groups have watched alternative energy development in the West with mixed emotions. On the one hand, we well understand that climate change presents a serious through to wildlife and habitat. But on the other hand, it’s difficult to get behind projects that tear up prime swaths […]

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Welcome to ‘Owl’ A

July 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Chapters, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

We were stoked to see two of our Pasadena Audubon chapter leaders covered in today’s LA Times. The article, “At night in the San Gabriels, venturing into the world of the owls”  covers the reporter Gale Holland’s night owling with Lance Benner and Kathi Ellsworth: One of the marvels of living in Los Angeles is how easy […]

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What the Mating Behavior of Birds Can Teach Us About Corporate Decision Making

July 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

An article in SPE Economics & Management by John Lehman, Strategic Decisions Group, argues that instead of using decision theory to predict decisions in a corporate setting fails because it doesn’t take into account biology and environment. Decision theory is an alternative to probability and is concerned with identifying the values, uncertainties and other issues relevant in a given decision, itsrationality, […]

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Proposed mine at Mount St. Helens

July 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Bird conservation, Pacific Flyway, Pollution

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering allowing exploratory drilling for hard rock mining on the northeast border of Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument in Washington State. In 2006, Washington Trails Association  listed the Goat Mountain Trail (#217) as one of the most endangered trails in Washington and a mine application was successfully denied in 2008. Now […]

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Some days …

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off · stupid bird humor

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Endangered bird returns to San Joaquin Valley

July 26th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Endangered Species Act, San Joaquin River

We’re hearing reports that the endangered Least Bell’s Vireo is making a return to the San Joaquin Valley. This is remarkable news, given that the species — named on the both the state and federal endangered species lists — has been absent from the Valley due to the loss of its river habitat. Now, with […]

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The mystery of chupacabra

July 25th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding

The 53rd checklist from the American Ornithologists’ Union was released with several taxonomic changes. One edit is particularly of note for East Coast birders and sci fi fanboys. From an Examiner article on the news: The first affects one of the very few songbirds that serenade New England after dark, the whip-poor-will. The whip-poor-will, we thought was […]

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Facebook ‘Likes’ birds

July 24th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

As Facebook continues to grow, the company plans to increase occupancy in its existing Menlo Park campus that borders wetlands and Sloughs of the San Francisco Bay and the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, Facebook plans to develop new buildings and parking structures. Two Audubon chapters – working alongside other environmental organizations in Silicon […]

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Update on Point Bonita Black Oystercatcher family

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Black Oystercatcher, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Anna Weinstein, our Seabird Program Manager visited the Point Bonita chicks today. She spotted all three chicks. They are bigger than last week but still being fed by parents and staying at rock where they were born. To find out how you can visit the nest, please read last week’s post. (Photo from NPS) Share on […]

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Pacific Flyway, the rap version

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

As you know from reading this blog, we’re big fans of the Pacific Flyway and we’d love to see the Salton Sea restored. It just never occurred to us to do a rap song about it. But that’s not to say that it didn’t occur to someone else: Share on Facebook

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