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California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS

SUCCESS! 178,500 Tricolored Blackbirds Saved This Season
Tricolored Blackbird

Success! 178,500 Tricolored Blackbirds Saved

This spring, 90% of colonies thrived in the Central Valley

Wisdom the Laysan Albatross still smashing age and breeding records for wild birds
Audublog

Wisdom the Laysan Albatross still smashing age and breeding records for wild birds

Wisdom, the oldest known wild bird, is at least 68 years old and has raised upwards of 35 chicks in her lifetime. Conservation actions have helped her thrive.

What is bird language?
Bird-Friendly Communities

What is bird language?

How combining birding and mindfulness powerfully connects us to nature

Photos tell the story of two visions of Orange County’s natural landscape

Nonnative yellow mustard growing at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. Photo: Sandy DeSimone.

Sandy DeSimone, the director of research and education at the Audubon Starr Ranch in Orange County, sent us these two contrasting photos of hillside fauna on the property. In the top photo, you see nonnative yellow mustard seven feet tall and driving away native birds and insects. Just a little further up the hill in the bottom photo is a mature coastal sage scrub restoration site, where she heard Lazuli Buntings singing. As her research has shown, native rodents and rabbits keep the site weed free by consuming weeds and their seeds. The animals come in after the shrubs have enough cover and height to provide them with shelter for predator avoidance, foraging, and breeding.

Restored native coastal sage scrub at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in orange County. Photo: Sandy DeSimone
As spring migration winds down, Audubon Starr Ranch still getting great birds
Audublog

As spring migration winds down, Audubon Starr Ranch still getting great birds

Recent bird monitoring shows the amazing avian diversity of the Orange County landscape.

Bobcat makes a visit to the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

A young bobcat recently paid a quick visit to the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County.

Bird LA Day at the Audubon Center at Debs Park draws hundreds. Visitors from all over Northeast Los Angeles flocked to the Audubon Center at Debs Park recently for Bird LA Day. The event at the Audubon Center was one of dozens throughout the larger Los Angeles area highligting bids and birding. It was great to see our local community come out to the Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Bird LA Day festivities for a day full of fun, arts, music, and birding for everyone. For a more complete overview of the day at Debs Park, check out this great post by our team.

How do you measure up? Fabiola Torres, the community engagement coordinator at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, recently painted a wondefful mural at the center that allows visitors to compare their wingspans with those of  variety of birds. Torres is pulling together plans for additional murals at the center in the coming months.

California Assembly passes legislation defending state’s birds from federal rollbacks
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California Assembly passes legislation defending state’s birds from federal rollbacks

— Assembly Bill 454 passes key legislative hurdle, Bill now moves on to California State Senate.
Scenes from the Brown Pelican survey
Seas & Shores

Scenes from the Brown Pelican survey

Last weekend over 120 agency biologists and trained amateurs completed the third year of the West Coast Brown Pelican Survey. Participants have shared their experience and photos from the surveys, revealing a deep affection and concern for this iconic coastal species.

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