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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

Audubon condemns federal moves on climate policy

Audubon President David Yarnold today was quick to condemn President Donald Trump's executive order reversing a number of federal policiy addressing climate change, most notably the Clean Power Plan:

Said Yarnold, “There are numerous paths to reach a clean energy future, but none-of-the-above isn't one of them. The administration is taking off the table our most concrete plans to deal with climate change—but without a single alternative."

Here in California, officials moved quickly to make it clear that they would fight the administration's attempts to back away from this country's progress on climate change. California has aligned with several other states to threaten court action over the administration's moves.

New online map for birding the Salton Sea

Despite its many conservation challenges, the Salton Sea remains a terrific place to view birds. More then 400 species can be spotted there, including a number of rarities. Check out the map, then get out there.

Protecting pacific herring in San Francisco Bay

Audubon California's Anna Weinstein talks about the importance of protecting pacific herring, which is a major source of food for birds.

#SharetheShore this beach season

Western Snowy Plovers. Photo: Mike Baird

Just want to draw attention to this terrific article from our friends at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service about the need to protect nesting birds such as the Western Snowy Plover.

Tricolored Blackbirds in Tulare County

We're on the lookout for new Tricolored Blackbird colonies this spring. Our team found this one at Atwell Island in Tulare County, a BLM property with an NRCS habitat enhancement on it. We were struck by how much more water there is in the wetlands this year. Our estimate was about 10 K birds.

Audubon California statement on State Assembly's vote to approve parks bond (AB 18)
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Audubon California statement on State Assembly's vote to approve parks bond (AB 18)

Audubon California looks forward to supporting this legislation as it moves to the State Senate.

Tricolored Blackbirds revving up for nesting season. Yesterday, our team found a growing colony of Tricolored Blackbirds at Atwell Island in Tulare County, a Bureau of Land Management property where the Natural Resources Conservation Service has done some habitat enhancements to attract the birds. We were struck by how much more water there is in the wetlands this year. Our estimate was about 10,000 birds. 

Preparing the beach for plover nesting season

Ventura Audubon Society and the Oxnard City Corps have been hauling tons of invasive plants miles and removing and erecting new fences to prepare Ormond Beach for Western Snowy Plover nesting season. This Ventura County Star article describes the hard work being done by a small group of dedicated people who are committed to giving the plovers a better chance at raising their young this year. 

Cynthia Hartley, a biologist and the Vice President of Ventura Audubon, has been working with plovers for over 20 years. She has seen firsthand the challenges these little birds have to overcome every breeding season. "They're so tenacious. It's amazing everything they put up with," she said. "If we can protect them even a little bit, they'll come back and nest."

State’s 10-Year Plan for Salton Sea is a big step forward
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State’s 10-Year Plan for Salton Sea is a big step forward

Still more work to do to control dust and restore habitat on thousands of acres of exposed playa in the coming year.

Report: Marine life is bouncing back in protected areas

Black-footed Albatross off the California coast. Photo: Aaron Malzlish

Audubon California was a strong supporter of California's Marine Life Protection Act and the protected areas it created up and down the California coast. And so we're not surprised to learn that a recent report shows marine life bouncing back in these areas. Our own research has shown that when fish are healthy, so too are the marine birds that rely on fish for food.

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