Bird Litigation: Hindsight and the California Condor

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As many birders know, the last wild California Condors were captured by the U.S. Both parties — FWS and Audubon — wanted the same thing: preservation of the California Condor. Photos : California Condors 1 , 2 , 3 by Pacific Southwest Region USFWS.

Rufous Hummingbird Male in Northern California

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According to Macauley Library’s migration map the overwhelming breeding activity for this species occurs north of the state of California. The Rufous Hummingbird ( Selasphorus rufus ) visits my home every year about this time. Of course the males come first to establish territory.

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Northern Flicker Intergrade in California

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But we are seeing them in California. Birds California Intergrade Northern Flicker woodpeckers The Northern Flicker ( Colaptes auratus ) is the third largest woodpecker in North America if you count the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. It is smaller than the Pileated Woodpecker.

Contemplating California Condors

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The newest bird on the brink to capture her fertile imagination is the California Condor, on which she graciously shares her research and ruminations: Sometimes as a writer you recognize there’s been something overlooked in your midst—something quietly abiding.

Preliminary CBC Birding in Northern California

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We conduct four Christmas Bird Counts in our part of Northern California, the first of which is the Fall River Christmas Bird Count coming up in just about two weeks.

California mandates solar panels on all new homes

Environmental Economics

If you want to build a new home in California, you will have to build one with rooftop solar, according to a new mandate from the California Energy Commission.    Both of them know a lot about energy and environmental economics, and about California's electricity markets in particular.  Home prices have soared in California, and housing stock has failed to keep up with demand.

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Gray Hawk in California – A Christmas Miracle!

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What that means is that for Christmas I got to spend one day, all day, birding, while we are in southern California staying with relatives. … Trips California Gray Hawk raptors Santa Barbara County Twitching

Back in Southern California

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Though I have made several trips to southern California over the eight years I have been birding almost every trip has been in December or January. My novice birding skills and the heat of midsummer meant that I missed a bunch of likely birds and didn’t really appreciate the awesomeness that is birding southern California in breeding season. Southern California in summer is where it is at.

Twitching the Summer Tanager in Northern California

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As I discovered chatting with my fellow birders at the Sycamore Grove Campground, this male Summer Tanager would be a record for Tehama County California.

Kutras Lake and the California Gull

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The top photo shows a first winter California Gull ( Larus californicus ) on the right and a non-breeding adult on the left. Below is the same first winter California Gull with the smaller non-breeding adult Ring-billed Gull ( Larus delawarensis ) on the left. Not living on the coast is the most obvious reason that I don’t see many gulls or shorebirds but it helps having the Sacramento River, the largest river in California, running through the central valley.

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California Peregrines Victims of Their Own Success?

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In a move that’s sure to stir controversy far beyond the borders of California, federal officials have announced that h enceforth, fledgling Peregrine Falcons won’t be relocated from nests built on bridges in the state. The move, which seems limited to just California, is meant to protect endangered shorebirds which have become favorite meals of the raptors. News California Conservation endangered species Peregrine Falcon

Allegedly Artsy Bird Photos from Southern California

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Here are some allegedly “artsy” shots (and maybe some legitimately artsy shots) of some of the birds I have seen since arriving in southern California nearly a week ago. … Birds California photography

Tundra Swans In The California Central Valley

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Birding Birds California swans Tundra SwansNow you know why the most numerous and widespread of the two swan species in North America used to be known as the Whistling Swan.

Field Research: Water Conservation in California

Environmental Economics

Spending a few days visiting family in Southern California.    Went to Catalina Island for the day today.    First I took a quick tour of the island.

California wine country: 10 great places to hike, bike and sip

Green Traveler Guides

| Eco-Active In The Vines | Now that the harvest rush is winding down, it’s the perfect season for green wine lovers to savor the good weather and fall vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country.

Poll Results: California’s Drought

Environmental Economics

Red-crowned Parrots at Irvine Regional Park, Orange County, California

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Southern California is loaded with parrots. Red-crowned Parrot in Irvine Regional Park Despite the number of species involved only one, the Red-crowned Parrot , is considered countable by the California Bird Records Committee.

California’s Autumn Seas

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For whatever reason, however, yesterday on my way to work my mind wasn’t with our upcoming spring, but with September’s in California. I saw a wagtail there once, which was exceptionally cool for California (I’m told). California Sea Lions porpoised through the clear water. Birding bats California Farallon Islands seabirds whales Autumn, or fall, as Americans persist in calling it, is not a season I am experiencing at the moment.

BREAKING NEWS: California Oil Spill update

Sustainability Ninja

The US Coast Guard said that as of 12am PDT the recent oil spill off of the coast of California (18 miles west of Santa Barbara) that resulted from a pipeline failure in to a storm drain, had reached approximately 20,000 gallons of crude oil and covered nearly 9 miles of ocean.

Osprey Love in Northern California

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Living in Northern California offers nature lovers many opportunities to view wildlife in there native habitat. Most of the Osprey breeding in North America are migratory, only Florida, the Caribbean and Baja California host non-migratory breeders 1.

Tricolored Blackbird in Trouble in California

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More than 99% of the population of Tricolored Blackbirds ( Agelaius tricolor ) live within the state of California and form the largest colonies of any North American passerine bird 1. The California population estimate derived from the Survey was 145,000 birds.

California Dreaming

Green Earth Journey

The Mamas and Papas- California Dreaming Labels: Random, Video

California Audubon Names Burrowing Owl Bird of the Year

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After all, California Audubon’s site states that “This is a conservation award. These Burrowing Owl photos were taken at a rare breeding site in Vacaville California. One way we can do that is by voting for the Burrowing Owl as the California Audubon Bird of the Year in 2013. Conservation burrowing owls California Audubon Bird of the Year owls How does that sound for a headline? This is totally doable!

Vermilion Flycatcher in Colusa County California

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The Vermilion Flycatcher ( Pyrocephalus rubinus ) is usually found near the US – Mexican border but we were fortunate this year to find an adult male in northern California! Click on photos for full sized images.

The Lesser Goldfinch: A Common California Species

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The male (seen below) has a black cap and, in Washington, Oregon, California, and Baja California, nearly all males have green backs. This spunky little finch is the smallest member of the North American genus Carduelis.

California Kelp Contaminated by Fukushima Radiation

Sustainability Ninja

Ocean fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan last year made it all the way to the California coast line, according to information recently released from scientists at CSU. ” Eco News radiation kelp california

California Bans Ivory

Eccorazzi

California Governor Jerry Brown signed state assembly bill AB 96 into law yesterday, which officially bans the sale of virtually all elephant ivory and rhino horn in the state. Though Read More The post California Bans Ivory appeared first on Ecorazzi.

California Common Ringed Plover

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The first recorded Common Ringed Plover in California is being seen by so many birders that it has broken into the mainstream media. The article says that this sighting, in Davis, California, is only the fourth record in the lower 48 states, which seems low to me. There is more about the bird on PEEPS. Asides

Black-backed Woodpeckers and Forest Fires in California and the West

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In October of 2012, the Institute for Bird Populations released “ A Conservation Strategy for the Black-Backed Woodpecker in California 3.” A Conservation Strategy for the Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) in California. Point Reyes Station, California.

Destruction along the California Coast: State of Emergency Declared.

Elephant Journal

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Spiritual Drought in California.

Elephant Journal

California has chosen to create a segmented wasteland disguised as ingenuity that is entirely driven by the mind. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) San Francisco Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today Z ADMIN Green Featured Today California drought silicon silicon valley spirituality technology water

The Oil Industry’s California Playbook

Sightline Daily

Last week, after intense lobbying from the oil industry, California legislators killed part of a bill that would have set a landmark goal of decreasing statewide petroleum use by 50 percent by 2030. “This is how California can really shake up the national conversation on climate.”

Highlining from Yosemite to California

Wend Magazine

This film, Highlining California , looks altogether nerve-wracking, inspirational and beautiful. From the Highlining California site : Highlining was first seen in 1984, in Yosemite National Park, California, only a couple years after slacklining itself was discovered in the same park. During summer of 2009, a group of five young slackliners met in California for 36 days to discover some of the greatest lines in the history of highlining.

California to Run Out of Water in One Year.

Elephant Journal

Satellite records from NASA show that the water stored in California''s reservoirs is. Green WAYLON: Today Only California megadrought NASA water agencies water rationing water shortage

The Devil Winds & the California Fires: a Spiritual Perspective.

Elephant Journal

Compounding all the recent meteorological and man-made events, the Diablo (Devil) winds continue to fan 17 out-of-control wildfires in California, resulting in what could be the worst incinerating fires in this great state’s history.

Soon to be an Armchair ABA Tick – Nutmeg Mannikin in California

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As of 27 August 2013 the California Bird Records Committee has voted to add the introduced Nutmeg Mannikin to the state checklist. Or, as Seagull Steve puts it : The dreaded Nutmeg Mannikin has been added to California’s official state list by the California Bird Records Committee (aka Bird Police). This one was spotted back on 1 January 2011 at Upper Newport Bay in Orange County, California, the first place I ever encountered Nutmeg Mannikins. Finally!

California, Here We Come

Sightline Daily

Welcome to California by Curtis Perry used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Now, Alan Durning and Kristin Eberhard share the argument for Washington to join California’s cap-and-trade club. By joining together, Washington and California can untangle a few strands of the electricity web.

Bumper-Crop Birds: Pop-Up Wetlands Are a Success in California

Nature Conservancy - Science

By partnering with rice farmers in California, the Conservancy is transforming fields into pop-up wetlands for migrant shorebirds, yielding the largest average shorebird densities ever reported for agriculture in the region.

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More angst about California's cap-and-trade program

Environmental Economics

Severin Borenstein: So, can California’s cap-and-trade program be saved? The current program has a small buffer of allowances that can be released at high prices, but would have still risked skyrocketing prices if California’s economy had experienced more robust growth.   But should California’s cap-and-trade program be saved? But it will require moderating the view that there is one single emissions target that the state must hit.

Tech Titans Help Protect Last Perfect Place In California

Conservancy Talk

Thanks to an incredible $165 million gift—the largest single donation we’ve ever received—we were able to buy and protect 38 square miles of “the last perfect place in California.” Cliff along the coast of California, part of the soon-to-be-named Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. ©

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