Vote for Bird of the Year (as many times as you like) through Dec. 6.comments
November 30th, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
November 30th, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
Los Angeles artist Elkpen creates amazing site-specific art that reveals the natural world within the urban environment. Great interview and photos at our sister website, Bird L.A.comments
November 29th, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
Good article running from the Associated Press about how a drastic drop in sardines could be impacting Brown Pelicans. We’ve really got to keep an eye on this.comments
November 26th, 2013 · by Beth Peluso
Birds connect us to the world. Listen to this episode of BirdNote to find out why the Yellow Sea in China is critical for Alaska’s shorebirds, such as this Bar-tailed Godwit. (Photo by Steve Maslowski, US Fish & Wildlife Service)Comments Off
November 23rd, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
The video IDs the bird as an Australian Magpie, and we have to admit that this is a very magpie thing to do:Comments Off
November 23rd, 2013 · by Anna Weinstein
Monterey Bay, a global marine Important Bird Area, has for months been teeming with seabirds, whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife. Predators from all over the Pacific have come here to feed on a reported “wall of anchovies.” This past weekend Audubon California’s Andrea Jones and I were fortunate to witness this wildlife spectacle — a testament to the importance of conserving the small fish that are the heartbeat of the sea. (Photo copyright Aguasonic Acoustics)6 comments
November 22nd, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
In a landmark case, a wind energy company operating in Wyoming has pleaded guilty to killed Golden Eagles. Golden Eagles are a protected species, and this is the first time the law has been enforced against a wind farm. In its plea agreement with the federal government, Duke Energy has agreed to pay a $1 million fine for killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.1 comment
November 22nd, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
This post is for all those people who have heard about Audubon California’s Bird of the Year campaign, but just can’t think of a reason to detach from all the super important stuff they’re doing to take part. Maybe they’re into birds, but just can’t put down the binoculars for the 15 seconds necessary to vote. Or maybe, they never really thought about birds that much, and well, would rather spend time tweeting about the latest episode of Scandal. Thankfully, this post puts it all into clear perspective. Everyone should vote now, and vote often through Dec. 6. The Top 10 reasons to do so are below:1 comment
November 21st, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
We’ve heard a great deal about how these massive solar plants in the desert could be harming birds, but we’ve never seen a photo like the one accompanying this USA Toda story of a bird’s singed feathers. Wow.Comments Off
November 20th, 2013 · by Beth Peluso
On November 20, the US House of Representatives passed a terrible bill, HR 1965, which tears down the recent broadly-supported Department of Interior management plan balancing protection of 11 MILLION ACRES important for birds, wildlife, and subsistence with development in other areas of the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska. Many thanks to Representatives Rush Holt, Betty McCollum, and John Dingell for leading the House fight against this harmful proposed rollback of protection and sending a strong signal to the Senate that this bill is a bad idea.Comments Off
November 13th, 2013 · by Daniela Ogden
Guest post by Sandy DeSimone, Director – Research and Education, Audubon California Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Ruby-crowned Kinglets have arrived in Orange County! One of our smallest songbirds, kinglets breed in the forests of Alaska and Canada and the western U.S. mountains. They spend winters across the southern US, Mexico, and Central America. Watch for these tiny birds in the trees, constantly flicking their wings. Male kinglets will sometimes sing in the winter—their song sounds like a typewriter typing (you show your age if you know that sound!). Listen to the “chatter calls” here. Males have a hidden bright red crown they show when angry or excited, and thus the name “kinglet.” The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is one of many species that spends its winters in SoCal, and migrates elsewhere to breed. Keep an eye out in your backyard for all of the migrant songbirds that should be settling in for the winter about now, such as Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets!
Photo courtesy of volunteer bird bander, Tom Sheffield.1 comment
November 10th, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
Really interesting story from Chris Clarke over at KCET about the Wrentit’s recent remarkable path to federal protection. Apparently, the American Ornithologists Union recently reclassified the species under a different taxonomic category, which triggers protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Which means that technically, those looking to infringe on this bird’s habitat will need to account for its protection. It’s a fascinating story, and worth a read. (photo by Don Loarie)2 comments
November 9th, 2013 · by Daniela Ogden
Categories: Audubon California
November 8th, 2013 · by Jeff Chapman
It was an overcast November morning in Debs Park, 10 years ago and excitement was in the air. A loud procession led by a mariachi band came up the hill. In tow, were hundreds of kids carrying artwork representing the animals of Los Angeles and supporters of the movement to connect urban dwellers with nature. This was the day that the Audubon Center at Debs Park first opened its gates to the community. Since that day, Audubon has been providing a gathering place for the community to experience, understand, and care for the natural world. Hundreds of thousands of people have passed through the Audubon Center at Debs Park for a little slice of nature right in the middle of the City.
Here are some reflections of our supporters:
I remember working with Melanie Ingalls during the exploratory phase of establishing the Center in Debs Park many years ago. I was helping Jerry Schneider at that time, planting trees, abating invasive plants, cutting trails, and related activities. Hard to believe it has been 15-20 years since all this took place.
We have soooo many great memories about the Audubon at Debs Park, our son Will has been going to summer camp there since he was 6! He's now 12 and proudly a part of the Green Team. But even before Will was going to camp, we attended many birthday parties in your gorgeous grounds and have hiked up to Peanut Lake countless times, seen your movies......we love that you are a part of our community!!!!!
Our family first visited the center at Debs Park when it first opened. Attention to the community and environment was evident by the details: native plants, wildlife, education, etc. We have continue to visit through the years, as the center has provided an all important education extension to learning about the environment we live in.
Just working everyday with the children on the surrounding community. Teaching them how to enjoy watching birds and tr importance of preserving the environment that we live in. Teaching them that nature even exist in an urban setting. The biggest payback for me was during the summer camps. I could really see the children's appreciation evolve from "just being there" to completely engaged with the activities and nature. I love this place and the time I spent there.
I plan my summers around Film Fridays at Aubudon Center at Debs Park, and I've yet to miss one. For my school--Leo Politi Elementary School--it's a way of staying connected during the break. Connected to one another, connected to the wonders of nature. One of my favorite photos in my office is of a group of moms chasing me high up on the trail after they realized just how far I'd made them hike! I can't wait to get them all out there for a longer hike this summer.
Please join the Audubon Center at Debs Park on Saturday, November 9th, from 1-4 for a community celebration of our work in Los Angeles. Find out more info about our event here.1 comment
November 5th, 2013 · by Garrison Frost
Making the point that climate change is the single greatest threat to birds that most of us will encounter in our lifetimes, Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack (pictured above) this morning told a panel from the Environmental Protection Agency that if it wants to be serious about addressing the problem, the government branch needs to begin regulating global greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. These power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon emissions responsible for climate change.
“Studies from Audubon and others have shown that climate change is causing birds across the continent to shift their ranges northward and has altered the timing of their life events,” McCormack said. “Audubon urges you to act.”1 comment