News and notes about birds and conservation in California
California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS
Interesting article talking about how birds fleeing the Sonoma/Napa fires poured into nearby regions looking to get away from the smoke. Lots of birds turned up in San Francisco and the East Bay. Audubon California's Andrea Jones is quoted talking about how wildfires are typically considered good for ecosystem health, but that this might be changing. "We're going to have to rethink the way we look at fires," she said. "It may not always be positive. We're getting these absolutely gigantic fires, and it's not yet certain how they will impact the landscape and wildlife."
Check out this great video from Michael Love about Snowy Plovers. Learn why these amazing little shorebirds need our beaches and what you can do to help Snowy Plovers thrive as they did in the past. The chicks featured in the video are fluffy and adorable.
Great editorial in the New York Times today highlights California's efforts to regulate the use of lead ammunition in 2013 to protect people and wildlife. Audubon California, the Humane Society of the United States, and Defenders of Wildlife led the effort to get that legislation passed. Much of that bill has been implemented, and it will be fully implemented in 2019.
What's the bird in the original intro to Twin Peaks? We got a little distracted today arguing about the ID of the bird in the original Twin Peaks introduction. It's the first image one sees when the show begins. One source seemed to think it was a Bewick's Wren, which seemed way off to us. We're going with female Varied Thrush. And yes, looking at the range map, it is native to the Pacific Northwest.
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