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Entries from December 31st, 2012

So watch out

December 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · stupid bird humor

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A Christmas Bird Count in Fairbanks, Alaska

December 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Christmas Bird Count

  (Photo: 11:45 am in Fairbanks. Finally, some light!) I met my group three hours before dawn—not hard to do in Fairbanks, Alaska, in December since sunrise is at nearly 11:00AM—to look for owls. It was my first Christmas count here. We hoped to hear hooting near the airport where owls had appeared on previous […]

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We were there for birds and people last year

December 31st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California

From the Klamath to the Salton Sea — Audubon California was there for birds and people last year. Check it all out on our nifty interactive map. Share on Facebook

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678 Mountain Plovers!

December 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding

We spotted a short post to the Tulare birding listserv yesterday from John Lockhart of Visalia saying that he and another observer had stumbled onto a huge number of Mountain Plover — 678 of them, to be exact. The report was flagged by Audubon California’s Andrea Jones, who asked for more information. They told her […]

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Holidays at Debs Park

December 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon at Home, Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird L.A.

Not long ago, the Audubon Center at Debs Park hosted its annual holiday party. The entire neighboring community was invited, and guests enjoyed making holiday wreaths and decorations out of native plants. This year, we added an element to the party that had a conservation focus – giving away native plants that attract hummingbirds.  The included […]

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The raptors of Orange County

December 29th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding

National Geographic has a piece on its website about the various birds of prey that one can encounter in the OC. Very cool. Share on Facebook

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Al the albatross returns to Pt. Arena

December 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Chapters, Birding

Locals in Pt. Arena worried that their fabled Laysan Albatross hadn’t arrived to spend the winter in their harbor were pleased to discover this week that the bird, nicknamed Al, had finally arrived. Al’s strange embrace of Pt. Arena has been documented for years, and become the stuff of local legend. For more of the […]

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San Fernando Valley Audubon decries habitat destruction in Sepulveda Basin

December 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, Bird L.A.

Over the years, the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society has done a lot to protect and celebrate bird habitat in the Sepulveda Basin. So our friends there were outraged when they found that the Army Corps of Engineers had gone in there and wiped out a lot of great vegetation. Kudos to the Audubon chapter […]

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Notes from the Field: Monica

December 27th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Video, Working lands conservation

Shorebird Biologist Monica Iglecia’s success story about her work with rice farmers. Share on Facebook

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Not your typical annual report

December 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation

At Audubon California, we thought about putting all of this year’s accomplishments into a typical annual report, but it just seemed to make more sense to put it on a map, so you could see that our work on the ground is never far from the birds in the sky. Share on Facebook

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Time to Renew Spirits and Friendships

December 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Christmas Bird Count, Wildlife photos and video

Each year I await the opportunity to participate in Christmas Bird Counts for many reasons. While I spend many days throughout the year birding, I generally do it solo. I have participated in six counts this season and enjoyed every single one of them because of the birds and the opportunity to see old friends. […]

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Now here’s a holiday tree

December 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, National Audubon Society

Courtesy Alison Sheehey, while taking part in the Tejon Ranch Audubon Christmas Bird Count a couple days ago. Share on Facebook

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A couple photos from the Tejon Ranch Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Tejon Ranch

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count hit one of California’s most spectacular landscapes today, the Tejon Ranch. You might recall that this is a new count, enabled by 2008′s landmark Tejon Ranch Agreement, which opened up this incredible landscape to science. Anyway, our Audubon Christmas Bird Count correspondent Alison Sheehey took these on the ranch’s south […]

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3,200 miles

December 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, seabirds

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The view of Tejon Ranch from the Bear Springs Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 20th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Tejon Ranch

Our Audubon Christmas Bird Count correspondent, Alison Sheehey, just sent us this photo of fellow-birder Ellen Schafhauser surveying a section of permanently protected land on the Bear Valley Springs CBC. Audubon and many partners helped to secure protection from development on this section of Tejon Ranch. The Tejon Ranch Conservancy is an appreciated partner of […]

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