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Entries from October 31st, 2012

Bird nerd costumes of the present and past

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

We love Halloween around Audubon and can’t help but applaud those who take their love of birds to the next level by dressing as one for Halloween. Below are some of our favorites: Share on Facebook

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When a river dies

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, San Joaquin River

When a river dies, we lose a lot more than the water. We lose all the greenery, all the fish, all the birds and other wildlife. And we lose the community that grows up around a healthy waterway – the economy, the recreation. Everything turns to sand. The San Joaquin River is California’s second longest […]

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Fear of birds

October 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird videos

With Halloween fast approaching we’ve been thinking about the darker side of birds (if you need to refer to some of the darker symbols in bird lore, read our post from last year). Did you know that a bird phobia is called ornithophobia? It is defined as an abnormal and irrational fear of birds. The symptoms include: sweating, […]

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October 24: Home Port

October 26th, 2012 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Temp: 40 F Weather: Sun and 25 knot winds I hadn’t seen a speck of land for two weeks until the island of Unalaska began emerging from the Bering Sea horizon some 50 miles before the end of our journey in Dutch Harbor. In the last three weeks we traveled through three seas (Bering, Chukchi, […]

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A bird-friendly backyard

October 26th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon at Home, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird L.A.

A while back, Audubon California’s Garry George did something that his neighbors in Los Angeles must have thought was crazy: he tore up his lawn. Then he planted native plants and watched the birds come in droves. Check it out: Share on Facebook

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Audubon Center at Debs Park: Ten years ago today

October 25th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, National Audubon Society, Nature education and activities

Ten years ago today, something historic happened. On that day, people gathered in Debs Park, Los Angeles’ fourth largest park, to plant a coast live oak — a ceremonial first step in the construction of the Audubon Center at Debs Park. School children, elected officials, and other supporters were all on hand to celebrate the […]

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October 23: Almost Home

October 25th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Temp: 34 Weather: Sunny, 30 knot winds Crossing the windswept Bering Sea, offshore past the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Nunivak Island, we are returning home. It is a fully sunny day, the first time I’ve recorded 0% clouds on the seabird forms. I think some sun is well deserved, and a good way to wind down […]

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October 20: The Glider Returns

October 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Temp: 23 F    Weather: Partly sunny, then cloudy, 15 knot winds Now that we are nearing Barrow Canyon, at the boundary between the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, we are seeing more wildlife. Today about 15 bowhead whales passed by the ship, a few ringed seals, and we began seeing more bird species such as Short-tailed […]

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Stepping up to protect forage fish

October 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Forage fish- the krill, squid, anchovies, herring, sardines and other prey for larger animals- are the heartbeat of the ocean, especially in California and the west coast. Seabirds and other predators from across the Pacific congregate here  to feed on our rich and diverse prey base. Now, however, some forage stocks are becoming scarce or […]

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The secret life of birders

October 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding

KCET Departures has a fun piece today about birding, featuring our friends from the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society: They walk among us, in plain sight. Their figures barely cause for a second look. Like us, they enjoy the feel of the sunshine on their skin and the gorgeous blue of the Los Angeles sky, but […]

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Oct 22: The Journey Home

October 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Temp: 30 F   Weather: Solid fog, 4 foot seas, 10 knot winds Magically, the weather had a complete change overnight. This morning was smooth—very calm seas and winds of 10 knots or less. The seas were slightly confused, having a swell coming from the east, hitting the port side, and wind waves coming from the […]

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October 21: Rough Seas

October 24th, 2012 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

  Temp: 33 F Weather: Cloudy, 12-18 foot seas, 35 to 45 knot winds Our welcome back to the Chukchi Sea is not so welcoming. A major storm system has moved up from the Bering Sea across the Chukotka Peninsula in Russia and into the Chukchi. As we pass by Icy Cape and Ledyard Bay, […]

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Always good to think a little more about our bird clichés

October 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · stupid bird humor

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Patty

October 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Nature education and activities

Audubon centers make a huge difference in the lives of the communities they serve. Here’s a great story, told by Jeff Chapman, of a girl from Northeast L.A. who came to the center and got hooked on nature: Share on Facebook

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Hulk says vote for the River and the Yellow Warbler

October 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, San Joaquin River

Lots of great things going on in the photo above (larger version below the fold). First, this guy at this weekend’s 5K Mud Run at the San Joaquin River is sporting a great Hulk costume. Second, he’s telling everyone to send a message to their leaders in support of the San Joaquin River restoration (Send […]

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