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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

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
Conservation

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
Press Center

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.

Alfalfa is for the Birds!
Working Lands

Alfalfa is for the Birds!

Audubon California is working hard to understand how this crop provides habitat for birds.

Black terns and rice fields

What birds are using rice fields over the summer? Meghan Hertel, our Director of Land and Water Conservation shares a bit about one of her favorites, the Black tern, in this video from the California Rice Commission.

60 years of Conservation and Community Engagement at Richardson Bay

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. 

Wildfire and California Rangelands
Working Lands

Wildfire and California Rangelands

Bobcat Ranch is an Audubon property in Yolo County, just outside of Winters. Each summer for the last few years, the ranch has been in the path of fires: the Cold Fire, Monticello Fire, and most recently the County Fire. We had a few questions for our hard-working ranch manger.

U.S. House Passes Harmful Fisheries Bill

Brown Pelican. Photo by Steve Torna/Audubon Photography Awards

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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