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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

Fire and birds
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Fire and birds

Increasing trend of fires in California is putting pressure on bird populations

Seabirds are reclaiming Alcatraz as their own

While Alcatraz was originally named for the seabirds that lived there, the name has become synonymous with the legendary prison there. But now the birds are claiming it back.

Congratulations to Audubon in Action Awardees from California!
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Congratulations to Audubon in Action Awardees from California!

Five California chapters were awarded Audubon in Action grants to support conservation, activism, volunteerism and leadership. Learn about which programs were funded!

Go Green Radio talks with Audubon California about the Salton Sea

"Learn about it, advocate for it and go visit it, " said Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon California about the Salton Sea in an interview with Jill Buck of Go Green Radio last week. 

The August 3, 2018 episode of Go Green Radio featured a conversation with Jones and Michael Cohen from the Pacific Institute about the Salton Sea and implications for public health and migratory birds if the state of California does not accelerate progress on the implementation of projects to reduce dust and stave off environmental degradation. 

Listen to the full episode here.

The Warning Lights Are Flashing for California’s Once-Glorious Salton Sea

“The clock is ticking for the people—and the birds as well,” says Frank Ruiz, Audubon California's Salton Sea Program Director in this article from NRDC. The article takes a look at the issues at the Sea facing birds and people today and the partnerships between organizations, including Audubon that are working to address the challenges at the Sea. 

The article also quotes Andrea Jones, Audubon California's Director of Bird Conservation.  “Three iconic birds that have used the Salton Sea in large numbers—the American avocet, the eared grebe, and the American white pelican—have all seen significant declines,” says Jones.  

Read the full article here.

Learn more about Audubon California's work at the Salton Sea here.

Climate Change is Taking Down Birds in the Mojave Desert

Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon California is quoted in a Smithsonian article today.  The article, Climate Change is Taking Down Birds in the Mojave Desert, takes a look at the recent findings from the Grinnell Resurvey Project at UC Berkeley, which released their results from the Mojave area yesterday showing a 43% decrease in avian diversity due to climate change.

Read the article here.

MBTA: The Bird Protection Law

David Ringer, Chief Network Officer at the National Audubon Society, talks about the history of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, signed into law 100 years ago and why it is important today in this great video.

Western Snowy Plovers nest at Huntington State Beach for the first time in five decades
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Western Snowy Plovers nest at Huntington State Beach for the first time in five decades

Partnerships with California State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and volunteers from Audubon and other non-profits are instrumental in the recovery of the Western Snowy Plover

Trump Administration Plan to Reverse Progress on Car Fuel Standards a Huge Mistake
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Trump Administration Plan to Reverse Progress on Car Fuel Standards a Huge Mistake

— Transportation is now the greatest source of carbon pollution; rolling back fuel efficiency standards undermines one of the most effective federal policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the U.S.
Sprague Ranch House lost to fire
Kern River Preserve

Sprague Ranch House lost to fire

The 1930's ranch house at Audubon Kern River Preserve was lost to a fire on Tuesday night. Although the Sprague Ranch house was a favorite gathering place on the preserve and held may memories, the work of the preserve continues.

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