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Entries from August 31st, 2012

Rare California seabird reported breeding off Mendocino Coast for the first time since the 1920s

August 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, seabirds

Scientists surveying rocky islands this week off the Mendocino County coast within the California Coastal National Monument made a remarkable discovery – several breeding sites for the Ashy Storm-Petrel, a rare and declining seabird not reported nesting in this area since 1926. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there may be as few as […]

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How did the Oystercatcher get its name?

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Black Oystercatcher

The Oystercatcher’s name belies the truth in its diet. Black Oystercatchers do not mainly eat oysters. One may wonder how then did the bird receive its name. Much like P. Diddy, or Puff Daddy, or whatever the artist is referring to himself these days, the shorebird has been called more than one thing. The first […]

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‘The Big Year’ birder Greg Miller to keynote Monterey Bay Birding Festival

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Nature education and activities

Greg Miller can’t remember when he started birding because he was too young. He doesn’t remember getting his first pair of binoculars or his first birding trip with his father. That was more than 50 years ago and he hasn’t stopped birding since. In 1998, he zigzagged the continent to try to see as many […]

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Great tips for budding bird photographers

August 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Birding

Our friends at the Golden Gate Audubon Society have some great tips on bird photography from Bob Lewis. Share on Facebook

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Verizon helps bring L.A. families to the Audubon Center at Debs Park

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Nature education and activities, Video

Earlier this month, more than 100 people from Peace Over Violence, a domestic violence prevention group, visited the Audubon Center at Debs Park. The event was made possible through a grant from Verizon Wireless, which also had a number of volunteers on hand to help make it a great day: Share on Facebook

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Take our quiz to find out which bird you are!

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding

Have you spent sleepless nights pondering the eternal question — if I was a California bird which one would I be? Gosh, we certainly have. So we put together a quick quiz that matches your personality up with a California bird. It’s easy and to fun to share with friends.  Take it here and end the […]

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Stupid bird humor

August 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Black Oystercatcher, stupid bird humor

Black Oystercatcher math. Share on Facebook

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You can help us protect the Black Oystercatcher

August 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird videos, Black Oystercatcher, seabirds, Video

Learn more about the Black Oystercatcher — and help us make a difference for this terrific bird. Share on Facebook

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Make Every Oystercatcher Count

August 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

We are pleased to introduce Audubon’s campaign for black oystercatchers – the most recognizable shorebird of California’s iconic and ecologically rich rocky intertidal zone. We first got involved with the species in 2010 when we took a closer look at their status in California and were surprised to see how little was known. Despite their […]

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Interview with Todd McGrain of The Lost Bird Project

August 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park

We are finishing our Film Friday series at Audubon Center at Debs Park with a screening of The Lost Bird Project, a film about artist Todd McGrain and his effort to recognize the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds that have been driven to extinction in sculptures he places at the site of each bird’s […]

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Audubon reaches across country to make a wind project better for birds

August 22nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Bird Habitat

This is a great story of a wind energy developer working with conservation groups to find a solution that meets both our needs for alternative energy and wildlife protection. But there’s a little more to the story. Montana Audubon initially reached out to Garry George, Audubon California’s renewable energy project director, with its concerns about […]

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Lassen fire wiping out vital Sage Grouse habitat

August 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

The California Department of Fish and Game is moving to cancel this year’s Sage Grouse hunting season in eastern Lassen County after wildfires have ravaged much of the area’s pristine sagebrush habitat. Audubon California supports this action, and is actually calling on the Fish & Game Commission to cancel hunting throughout all of Lassen County. […]

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It’s almost the weekend

August 17th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding

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Update on pelican that received plastic surgery

August 17th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, seabirds, urban conservation

According to the LA Times, the Orange County pelican that we wrote about several months ago was released back into the wild. This great news comes after months of rehabilitation. After the surgery, the pelican affectionatley called Nigel, developed an infection that caused another fracture and bone tissue to die. During her stay in recovery, Nigel […]

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The bird in Bodie

August 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Bird Habitat, Birding

We noticed a note on the listservs the other day from photographer Allen Hirsch talking about a group of Sage Grouse that he’d discovered in the Bodie, the Eastern Sierra ghost town. We checked out the photos and are sharing a few here, with his permission. The Sage Grouse is a bird more known for […]

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