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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

Mountain Lion Tracks found in Fay Canyon on part of the Canebrake Ecological Reserve. From the tracks we can tell this lion pounced and may have caught something small and then walked off. The Kern River Preserve helps to and connect the Domeland and Kiavah Wilderness Areas. Many animals moving through these vast wilderness areas include the riparian forest in their wanderings

No more magpies in Fresno? Not on our watch. Research shows that unless we do something about climate change, we could lose the iconic Yellow-billed Magpie forever. Don't let that happen. Support the legislative effort to reduce the emissions that drive climate change -- in Fresno, and everywhere else. Speak up today.

Op-ed: Drought is not the time to attack environmental protections
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Op-ed: Drought is not the time to roll back environmental protections

"The drought is a crisis for everyone," argues Audubon California's Brigid McCormack in the Los Angeles Times.

With Wes Craven's passing, California birds lose a staunch advocate for birds
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Audubon California mourns the passing of Wes Craven

Friends recall the famous filmmaker as a man deeply committed to birds and the environment.

If you build it, they will come
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If you build it, they will come

Western Snowy Plovers numbers increase following restoration of Ten Mile Beach.

Defeat of offshore oil drilling bill means that birds will continue to be at risk
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Defeat of offshore oil drilling bill means that birds will continue to be at risk

Representatives of Audubon California and the Santa Barbara Audubon Society today expressed disappointment at the failure of Senate Bill 788, which would have closed the last remaining loophole that could allow new offshore oil drilling.

No more hummingbirds in Los Angeles? Not on our watch. Tell your Assembly Member to support legislation that will protect birds from climate change, and ensure the health of birds, our environment, and our people.

Bear tracks at the Audubon Kern River Preserve. Yesterday evening this big bear was able to reach up over six feet and get two thistle feeders and one hummingbird feeder. Yum! Later in the day, two visitors from Hawaii saw the bear as it ran away out to the forest. They said it was pretty large but running the correct direction - away from people.

Would you buy bird-friendly cherries?
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Would you buy bird-friendly cherries?

More and more farmers are creating habitat on their properties.

Mount Diablo Audubon Society calls for action on climate issues

Great opinion piece from Jimm Edgar of Mount Diablo Audubon in yesterday’s Contra Costa Times:

"Of course, we’ve seen a lot of changes in our own area lately, mostly due to the drought. Hillsides have turned brown early, and there’s little or no water in our streams and very little food for the birds. As a result, we’re not observing some of our favorite birds in the numbers we’ve seen in the past.

Climate change is hitting our birds hard. According to Audubon’s scientists, 170 California species will be threatened with extinction in the coming decades if we fail to take action on climate. Many of these imperiled birds are local favorites, such as the Western Bluebird, Golden Eagle, Brown Pelican, Burrowing Owl and Hooded Oriole."