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Entries from September 30th, 2012

Rare bird alert: Common Cuckoo in Watsonville

September 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Birding

We’re seeing a lot of talk on the listservs about a Common Cuckoo in Watsonville, CA. While the bird isn’t exactly rare, it’s extremely unusual to see it here in California. This is a bird that normally frequents Europe and Asia, though once in a while a migrant will fly off course to the United […]

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Record sightings of Broad-wing Hawks in Marin

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, fall migration

Caught an interesting post on the listservs from Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in the Marin Headlands. Hawk-counters at the GGRO yesterday apparently recorded 295 sightings of Broad-winged Hawks from Hawk Hill during a 4-hour count period. This is a higher one-day Broad-wing count by a factor of five than has ever […]

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Something we can all agree on

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · National Audubon Society

One of the biggest tragedies of today’s partisan political environment is how it has affected our discussions about protecting this country’s great natural treasures. Today, Audubon launches a new effort to remind people that protecting birds and nature is something nearly everyone agrees on. We all live under the same sky, breathe the same air, […]

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Dickcissel Shows Up Off Course in Western Alaska

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Uncategorized

Sometimes migration doesn’t go quite right for a bird…like the Dickcissel (a Midwestern prairie bird) that showed up in Bethel, Alaska. Listen to this radio story as a local birder relives finding this out-of-place bird and learn more from Alaska wildlife experts about how birds wind up off course during migration: There’s a good view […]

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Just ask a bird

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off · Infographics

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Rare bird alert: Canada Warbler in SF!

September 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Birding, S.F. Bay, Uncategorized

We’re hearing from the list serves that a Canada Warbler was seen this morning in Sutro Heights Park in San Francisco.  This sweet-faced New World warbler isn’t typically found east of the Rockies. A long annual migration takes it to its wintering grounds in northern South America, where habitat loss is a threat. It sometimes […]

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Turkey Vultures are awesome — go check ‘em out

September 25th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, fall migration, Kern River Preserve, Video

We’ve all seen the movie. Our hero, lost in the desert, unscrews the cap from his canteen and pours his last drop of water into his parched mouth. He stumbles on under a relentless sun. Ominous shadows on the ground prompt him to look skyward. Circling overhead are one, then two, then three vultures. We […]

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Arroyo Green Team Kayaks the LA River

September 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park

Lush stands of willows and Sycamores, flowing water, Great Blue Herons and Belted Kingfishers.  These are not your typical visions of the Los Angeles River, but this month, member of the Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Arroyo Green Team have experienced this urban habitat by kayak.  Led by LA River Expeditions, teen participants have gotten […]

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Salton Sea remains critical for migrating birds

September 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, fall migration, Pacific Flyway, Salton Sea

We know this, but the Desert Sun provides a nice reminder of how important the Salton Sea remains for birds along the Pacific Flyway: It’s one of the last rest stops and breeding grounds left for millions of migrating birds, representing more than 400 species, that travel the Pacific Flyway — a bird superhighway that […]

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Shell’s sorry summer in the Arctic

September 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat

Audubon said all along that Shell was totally unprepared to safely drill for oil in the Arctic. And with each passing day this summer, the oil giant proved us right. Share on Facebook

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Debs Park Internship Helps Shape Conservation Leaders of Tomorrow

September 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park

For the past 7 years, the Audubon Center at Debs Park has given college students the opportunity to learn more about Audubon, conservation, and environmental education.  Our internship program employs 4 students each summer to help us deliver our summer day camp program:  An Arroyo Adventure.  Over the course of the summer, these talented people […]

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I like birds but I like other animals too

September 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird videos

Time for a fun song this Friday! Share on Facebook

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Northern Pygmy Owl at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch

September 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California Bobcat Ranch, Audubon Chapters, Birding, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Richard Cimino snapped this cool photo of a Northern Pygmy Owl this week at the Audubon Bobcat Ranch, while leading a birding walk through the property. Cimino was leading a group from the Ohlone Audubon Society, where he is conservation chair. A total of 20 species were seen on the hike, including Black-throated Grey Warbler and […]

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Exciting changes to the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

September 19th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Birding, Christmas Bird Count, National Audubon Society

After nearly two years of internal discussions, budget modeling, head-scratching, and intense decision-making, two major changes will come to the Christmas Bird Count effective with the upcoming 113th Count that runs Dec. 14, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013. First, the CBC will now be a free program. For the first time since 1955, Audubon will waive the $5 participant fee and replace it with […]

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Your vote needed to support an Audubon conservation hero

September 17th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay

Here’s a great – and easy – opportunity to recognize a terrific Audubon activist and raise money for a much-needed conservation program. Leora Feeney, a longtime champion of the endangered California Least Terns and other wildlife at a Bay Area wildlife refuge is a finalist for a local television conservation hero award. If she gets […]

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