News and notes about birds and conservation in California
California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS
What's the bird in the original intro to Twin Peaks? We got a little distracted today arguing about the ID of the bird in the original Twin Peaks introduction. It's the first image one sees when the show begins. One source seemed to think it was a Bewick's Wren, which seemed way off to us. We're going with female Varied Thrush. And yes, looking at the range map, it is native to the Pacific Northwest.
Citing potential impacts to birds and habitat, the Golden Gate Audubon Society has come out in opposition to a proposed new baseball stadium near Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland.
“We’re not antibaseball. We love the A’s, but we want them to stay where they are,” Cindy Margulis, the executive director of Golden Gate Audubon, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “When you put in a stadium and have all the additional cars and traffic, there will be additional contaminants coming into the lake. Oakland is a creative, imaginative city, and I think they can do better.”
Audubon California's Khara Strum ventures out to Sutter County to visit a rice farm that is flooding early to provide habitat for migratory birds. She uses the visit to talk about our work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the California Rice Commission to provide more habitat for these birds on farms.
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