News and notes about birds and conservation in California
California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS
Tricolored Blackbirds were once quite common in Southern California, but a number of factors have led to their near disappearance from the region. This colony at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area is one of the few exceptions. This video was shot by Rose Cook in early May, and it's great to see and hear the birds in the field of Curly dock (Rumex crispus).
Learn more about our efforts to save these birds here: http://ca.audubon.org/birds-0/tricolored-blackbirds
We've always said that for some birds and habitat areas, it's always a drought. This new piece from Water Deeply is latest example.
Audubon Magazine takes a close look at the reasons behind our lawsuit to save bird habitat in Humboldt Bay. Lots of good biological information here:
"Located 260 miles north of San Francisco, the area is the second-largest estuary on the West Coast and one of the state’s most productive bodies of water—its tides act like lungs, constantly draining, refilling, and replenishing nutrients. Among the various habitats supported by this ebb and flow are half of California’s remaining eelgrass beds, a vital food source and habitat for herring as well as migrating birds.
"This combination of size, biodiversity, and increasingly rare habitat is what makes Humboldt an essential stopover site for about 50 species of birds on their seasonal flights between Mexico and northern breeding grounds. Nearly half the Dunlins and 23 percent of all Western Sandpipers pass through every year.
"Meanwhile, Pacific Black Brants wheeling in from Baja, California, land feet first in the shallow waters of the northern part of the bay, the biggest contiguous bed of intertidal eelgrass between Mexico and Washington state. Up to 60 percent of Brants break up their seasonal journey to Alaska at Humboldt, where eelgrass is the mainstay of their highly specialized diet."
The 2017 version of Bird LA Day was an incredible celebration of birds throughout the greater Los Angeles region. At the Audubon Center at Debs Park in Highland Park, we hosted a day-long series of family-friendly events. Big thanks to everyone that came to the Center to enjoy the day.
For the last several decades the story of the Threatened Western Snowy Plover along the California coast has been of the loss of one nesting beach aftern another. But today come news of the birds nesting on Los Angeles County beaches for the first time in 70 years. That's big news.
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