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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

Commerce Department's recommendations on marine sanctuaries under wraps, for now
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Commerce Department's recommendations on marine sanctuaries under wraps, for now

Today is the deadline for the Commerce Department to release its recommendations for shrinking or loosening restrictions on oil drill and mining in these valued natural areas.

Marcos Trinidad honored with environmental education award
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Marcos Trinidad honored with environmental education award

Congratulations to Marcos Trinidad, Director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park honored with the Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs award by the North American Environmental Education Association

Keeping watch for fires in South Orange County
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Keeping watch for fires in South Orange County

Audubon Starr Ranch is partnering with others to ensure that searing heat in Southern California doesn't lead to disaster.

Where did birds fleeing the Sonoma/Napa fires go?

Interesting article talking about how birds fleeing the Sonoma/Napa fires poured into nearby regions looking to get away from the smoke. Lots of birds turned up in San Francisco and the East Bay. Audubon California's Andrea Jones is quoted talking about how wildfires are typically considered good for ecosystem health, but that this might be changing. "We're going to have to rethink the way we look at fires," she said. "It may not always be positive. We're getting these absolutely gigantic fires, and it's not yet certain how they will impact the landscape and wildlife." 

The Snowy Plover and You

Check out this great video from Michael Love about Snowy Plovers. Learn why these amazing little shorebirds need our beaches and what you can do to help Snowy Plovers thrive as they did in the past. The chicks featured in the video are fluffy and adorable. 

Richardson Bay Annual closure protects important migratory bird species
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Richardson Bay Annual closure protects important migratory bird species

Sanctuary waters in Richardson Bay are closed to all boat traffic October 1st through March 31st and in-water activities (including kayaks & stand-up paddleboards, or SUPs) from October 1st through March 31st to protect over-wintering and migratory waterbirds.

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.

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