News and notes about birds and conservation in California
California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS
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.
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.
Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary is celebrating 60 years of conservation, community engagement and habitat restoration. Check out this video to hear about it from the people who work, learn, research and play there.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, which would undermine science-based management and reverse progress of fisheries under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation & Management Act, a decades old law that has helped over-fished areas recover. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. Read Audubon's full statement here.
H.R. 200 is bad news for marine birds in California. Iconic coastal birds such as the Brown Pelican, California Least Tern (a federally endangered species), Black-footed Albatross, Sooty Shearwater, and Tufted Puffin rely on a variety of forage fish such as northern anchovy, sardine,and juvenile rockfish.
Audubon urges the Senate to reject this bill that would have a lasting impact on seabirds.
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