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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

Audubon deeply concerned about EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

National Audubon Society President David Yarnold today expressed concern about the man who has been nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt:

“Scott Pruitt’s nomination as the anti-EPA Administrator causes us deep concern," said David Yarnold (@david_yarnold), Audubon’s president and CEO. "The Environmental Protection Agency's work has always been based on science, but Pruitt is a climate change denier who has worked to dismantle well-grounded protections for clean air and clean water."

Read the whole statement here.

Restoring Western Snowy Plover habitat in Santa Barbara

Western Snowy Plovers. Photo: Mike Baird

We're glad to see former Audubon California Board Member Cristina Sandoval getting recognition for the amazing work she has led protecting and growing a population of breeding Western Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point near Santa Barbara. The Western Snowy Plover is a federally threatened species that has lost many of its breedings sites along the California coast. The article also highlights the importance of the volunteer work by the Santa Barbara Audubon Society.

Chatting with David Sibley. Legendary birding guide author David Sibley was the keynote speaker at the Audubon California Chapter Assembly earlier this month. Here, Sibley chats with Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack.

Western Sandpiper is an important bird for conservation in California
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Western Sandpiper is an important bird for conservation in California

From the Salton Sea to the Central Valley, from Owens Lake to San Francisco Bay -- the Western Sandpiper is in a lot of places Audubon California works.

Wet fall is helping Central Valley birds

Mixed flock of ducks rise up over a wetland. Photo: Gary Kramer/USFWS

While the drought is far from over, the wet fall we're experiencing is certainly helping Central Valley birds, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Black Friday reminder.

Ventura Audubon SOARS again
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Ventura Audubon SOARS again

The small but mighty southern California chapter scores another victory with the successful passage of Measure C.

California is losing trees at an alarming rate. New research shows that California has lost about 62 million trees to drought and climate change in 2016, which is a higher rate than last year.

Audubon’s work in California’s Central Valley may open opportunities for birds at the Salton Sea
Salton Sea

Audubon’s work in California’s Central Valley may open opportunities for birds at the Salton Sea

Can Audubon California’s efforts to support birds on Central Valley farms can be translated to the Imperial Valley?

Obama Administration blocks new California offshore oil drilling

In welcome news for those concerns about oil spills on the California coast, President Obama yesterday released a plan for offshore oil drilling in federal waters that bans new permits off the California coast until 2022. Incoming President Trump has made it clear that he intends to open up new offshore oil drilling, but there are numerous hurdles to him moving quickly following Obama's action.

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