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News and notes about birds and conservation in California

California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

25th anniversary of water reform law provides perspective on progress and challenges
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25th anniversary of water reform law provides perspective on progress and challenges

The Central Valley Project Improvement Act has played a major role in preserving habitat. It would do even better if fully implemented.

San Francisco quail population barely hanging on

Sad story this week about the last remaining California Quail in San Francisco. Probable reason: cats.

Condors reach another huge recovery milestone

This is great news for the California Condor. For the first time in decades, two wild-born California Condors have hatched a wild-born chick.

U.S. Department of Commerce needs to come clean about national marine sanctuaries
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U.S. Department of Commerce needs to come clean about national marine sanctuaries

— Yesterday was the deadline for its study about reducing size or relaxing restrictions on our pristine water habitat.
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
Conservation

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.

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