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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

Governor Brown signs parks and water bond legislation, which includes funding for Salton Sea
Salton Sea

Governor Brown signs parks and water bond legislation, which includes funding for Salton Sea

— Measure will go before the voters in June, and will mean a significant commitment to solving the crisis at the Salton Sea if it passes.
A visit to a waterbird’s gas station
San Francisco Bay

A visit to a waterbird’s gas station

San Francisco Bay is an integral part of the Pacific Flyway. A recent visit to a South Bay restoration site reveals birds fueling up for their migration complete with kleptoparasitism.

Los Angeles Audubon restoration program creates new opportunities for young people
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Los Angeles Audubon restoration program creates new opportunities for young people

Baldwin Hills program gives young people hands-on training in science and restoration.

New York Times editorial notes California's success in regulating lead ammunition

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.

In another sign of problems at the Salton Sea, White Pelicans go missing
Salton Sea

In another sign of problems at the Salton Sea, White Pelicans go missing

Surveying finds no American White Pelicans at the Salton Sea at a time when they should be arriving in large numbers.

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.

Passage of Senate Bill 5 offers hope for the people of the Salton Sea
Salton Sea

Passage of Senate Bill 5 offers hope for the people of the Salton Sea

While Senate Bill 5 stands to have a positive impact on the entire state, the people of the Salton Sea have even more cause to celebrate.

Gunnison Island: Home of up to 20,000 nesting American White Pelicans
Water

Gunnison Island: Home of up to 20,000 nesting American White Pelicans

Our Audubon colleague from Utah gives us an update on American White Pelicans on the Great Salt Lake

Seasonal Biological Aides at Richardson Bay enhance conservation and engagement work
Conservation

Seasonal Biological Aides at Richardson Bay enhance conservation and engagement work

Meet the three seasonal biologists and learn about their work on restoration, conservation, and engagement at Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Tiburon, California

Golden Gate Audubon opposing new stadium in Oakland

Citing potential impacts to birds and habitat, the Golden Gate Audubon Society has come out in opposition to a proposed new baseball stadium near Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland.

“We’re not antibaseball. We love the A’s, but we want them to stay where they are,” Cindy Margulis, the executive director of Golden Gate Audubon, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “When you put in a stadium and have all the additional cars and traffic, there will be additional contaminants coming into the lake. Oakland is a creative, imaginative city, and I think they can do better.”

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