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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

Support for new offshore oil drilling falls to record low in California
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Support for new offshore oil drilling falls to record low in California

Despite stiff opposition, the Trump Administration continues push to open new drilling off California coast.

We were there! Governor Brown signs climate legislation extending cap and trade

Gaylon Parsons and Juan Altamirano on Treasure Island just before the signing of AB 398

Audubon California's Gaylon Parsons and Juan Altamirano were on Treasure Island on July 25th to witness the signing of climate legislation to extend California's cap and trade program.  Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, Assembly Member Kevin de León and others reasserted that California will lead on climate change when our Federal Government does not. 

Our hope is that in the coming years, our leaders will continue to build on these bills to address ongoing pollution and other conditions that disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities. 

We need to protect California's ocean 'savannas'
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We need to protect California's ocean 'savannas'

The four national marine sanctuaries off the coast of California are every bit as rich with wildlife and rarified natural treasures as our national parks on land.

The fight continues for responsible water management in California’s Central Valley
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The fight continues for responsible water management in California’s Central Valley

Audubon California and other conservation groups vow to oppose H.R. 23 in the Senate.

Salton Sea Sunday campaign seeks to raise community awareness
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Salton Sea Sunday campaign seeks to raise community awareness

Audubon California partners with faith-based groups to reach people who live in communities around the Salton Sea about issues related to the shrinking lake.

Speak out in defense of California's National Marine Sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuaries off the California coast represent the best that our oceans have to offer birds – protected breeding sites, bountiful food resources, and freedom from disturbance. For people, these sanctuaries offer incredible opportunities for recreation and wildlife viewing. But the Trump Adminstration wants these sanctuaries shrunken or eliminated altogether, and we can’t let that happen. Please join Audubon California in speaking out in defense of these treasures.

California renews its leadership on climate change
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California renews its leadership on climate change

Passage of Assembly Bill 398 reauthorizes landmark cap-and-trade program and will reduce air pollution in California’s communities. It will be great for birds, too.

Weeshoff honored with Audubon's William Dutcher Volunteer Award

Dave Weeshoff, left, received the William Dutcher Award from Audubon California's Garry George. Photo: Andrea Jones

Dave Weeshoff received the 2017 2013 William Dutcher Award for the Pacific Flyway at last weekend’s Audubon Convention in Park City, Utah. Weeshoff was honored for his many years of contributions to the Audubon mission, including his work to make renewable energy safer for birds, establish Marine Protected Areas in Southern California, and support marine bird conservation through his work with International Bird Rescue. Audubon couldn’t have found a better advocate for birds in California.

William Dutcher was a prominent amateur ornithologist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and in 1905 was appointed the first President of the National Audubon Society.  The Dutcher Award was created in his honor to recognize superior volunteer service by Audubon leaders that results in bird conservation at scale.

Audubon California supports Assembly Bills 398 and 617
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Audubon California supports Assembly Bills 398 and 617

With the Trump Administration completely abandoning any effort to address the climate change crisis, the State of California must lead on this vital issue to both birds and people.

House passes H.R. 23, the worst water bill we've seen

Waterfowl at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Jim Gain

The U.S. House of Representatives this morning passed H.R. 23, which we opposed because it seeks to wrest control over much of California's water from the state to the feds. If eventually signed by President Trump, it will overturn decades of negotiations on water in California. Audubon California opposes it because it will divert water from the Center Valley refuges, undermine the Endangered Species Act, and halt the restoration of the San Joaquin River. Audubon activists sent about 3,500 emails to Congress just in the last week in opposition to this bad bill. Now it moves on to the Senate, where we will continue our fight.

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