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Entries from November 30th, 2012

Worst place in the world for a giant strip mine?

November 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Pacific Flyway

If you were to pick the worst place in the world for a giant strip mine, Alaska’s Bristol Bay might be it. Audubon Magazine’s Ted Williams digs into the details. Share on Facebook

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East End boys and Western Gulls

November 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · stupid bird humor

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Who to call in L.A. if you’ve found an injured bird

November 30th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon at Home, Audubon Chapters, Bird L.A.

Los Angeles Audubon has the definitive list of people to call if you find an injured bird in Los Angeles. As always, it’s important not to simply pick up baby birds if they don’t seem injured. Usually, the best thing to do is to leave them where they are — parents are likely nearby. Share […]

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Upcoming lecture on a part of Alaska untouched by time

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird L.A., Nature education and activities

In the far northwest corner of Alaska is a land virtually untouched by time. Miles of rolling hills, mighty rivers, and clear lakes are unspoiled by roads, and rarely visited by humans. Los Angeles Audubon will host a lecture Dec. 4 by author Debbie S. Miller. In On Arctic Ground, Miller will help us discover […]

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A few thoughts on bird houses in Los Angeles

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird L.A.

Bird houses are cool. Everyone likes the idea of putting one up and attracting a little winged family in their backyard. But what type of bird box works best in the greater Los Angeles area? Turns out, that’s a tough question to answer. But we’ve asked around and learned a few things, and we’ve got […]

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Great TED talk: Why I love vultures

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding

We’ve been saying for some time that vultures are amazing creatures that have a bad rap in popular culture. In this talk, Munir Virani lays out the facts beautifully: Share on Facebook

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Audubon chapter events this weekend in L.A.

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Bird L.A.

Here are just a few of the things Audubon chapters are doing in the L.A. area this weekend. Share on Facebook

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Mystery of the Disappearing Sea Ducks

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

  The Spectacled Eider is one of Alaska’s most extreme birds, living only from the Bering Sea northward. The mystery of where they spend the winter was only deciphered in 1995. New studies reveal more about what these sea ducks do all winter in this Alaska Magazine article: The Mystery of the Disappearing Sea Duck. […]

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Phainopepla in Joshua Tree

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding

We shot this footage on November 24, 2012 in Joshua Tree National Park of a Phainopepla. Please excuse the shaky camera work, we were so excited we couldn’t keep our hands still! Share on Facebook

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Devil bird makes unusual appearance in San Francisco

November 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Birding

They call it the Devil Bird, but that’s not the only thing interesting about seeing it at San Francisco’s Lake Merced: The birds, known scientifically as Quiscalus mexicanus, have in recent decades expanded their range from Texas and parts south of there to Northern California, most likely because of human-caused changes in their habitat. The […]

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California birds named after California

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding

No other state, except maybe Hawaii,  can lay claim to the sheer number of birds that contain their presence in the species’ name the way California can. Here are some of our favorites: California Quail and Gull by Len Blumin, California Gnatcatcher by Billtacular, California Thrasher by Jamie Chavez, California Towhee by Linda Tanner, California […]

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Good places to check out birds this weekend around L.A.

November 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Bird L.A., Birding

Want a quick list of good places to see birds around L.A. this Thanksgiving (and no, we’re talking about the one on your table)? While there are certainly other, these came immediately to mind: El Dorado Park, Long Beach Madrona Marsh, Torrance Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area, Encino Ballona Wetlands Malibu Lagoon Zuma Beach for shorebirds […]

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Beat that, cheetah

November 17th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Peregrine Falcon, stupid bird humor

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Cool Audubon events around L.A. this weekend

November 16th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Chapters, Bird L.A., Birding

If you live in L.A. and want to take advantage of the many great Audubon programs, here are going on this weekend that might interest you. Most of these are sponsored by one of the great Audubon chapters in the area: Share on Facebook

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Swifts greet rock climbers

November 16th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Video, Wildlife photos and video

We’ve been talking a lot about Vaux’s Swifts lately, but couldn’t help share this video of White-throated Swifts greeting a group of rock climbers at Agony Arch in Riverside earlier this month. Who says that birding isn’t an adventure sport? Share on Facebook

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