February 13, 2021


It’s been five years since the Sand-to-Snow National Monument was created, and the powers-that-be will celebrate the occasion with a free public nature hunt. Hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service, the event will begin at noon on Friday, February 12 and go through Sunday, February 14.

All ages are welcome to participate using the free smartphone app iNaturalist to identify species of plants and animals along designated Monument trails. The public’s gathered data will be used by BLM and the Forest Service to better grasp the various species within the Monument.



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February 12, 2021

About the Great Backyard Bird Count.

The 24th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15, 2021. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources.


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February 08, 2021

Salmonellosis Outbreak Causing Songbird Deaths.

Since December, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and wildlife rehabilitation centers have been inundated with calls from residents who are finding sick or dead finches at bird feeders. Most reports have come from locations on California’s Central Coast, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sierra Nevada communities.


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November 11, 2020

Scientists release genomes of birds representing nearly all avian families.

Since the first bird evolved more than 150 million years ago, its descendants have adapted to a vast range of ecological niches, giving rise to tiny, hovering hummingbirds, plunge-diving pelicans and showy birds-of-paradise. Today, more than 10,000 species of birds live on the planet--and now scientists are well on their way to capturing a complete genetic portrait of that diversity.


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September 30, 2020

New Video Series and Website Help Tell the Story of California’s Vulnerable Species.

Saving Species Together, a joint project between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, illustrates how resource agencies, private landowners, non-profits and citizens have come together to help some of California’s vulnerable species. A half-hour program compiled from the videos will be airing on PBS starting in November as well.


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September 27, 2020

Fall migration, an incredible phenomenon.

One of the most fundamental wonders of birds is that they fly. We earthbound creatures plod along with heavy steps, and occasionally take off in our imaginations or machines. But birds do this effortlessly, and constantly fill the air around us. This is cause enough for inexhaustible excitement at the marvels of the world.


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September 24, 2020

When COVID-19 silenced cities, birdsong recaptured its former glory.

During the pandemic lockdown this spring, the background din quieted. A new study shows that, in just a matter of weeks, the sparrows’ songs recovered the acoustic quality of songs sung decades ago, when city life was less noisy.


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September 04, 2020

California Biodiversity Week 2020-San Diego Natural History Museum

Celebrate California’s Natural Beauty!

Join us and our partners for a weeklong celebration of California Biodiversity Day, September 5 – 13.


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September 02, 2020

California Biodiversity Day 2020 - USFWS National Wildlife Refuges

Celebrate California Biodiversity Day 2020 at a National Wildlife Refuge. Visit a National Wildlife Refuge in California from September 5-13 and record any animals or plants you observe using the iNaturalist app.

Founded by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System is a diverse network of lands and waters dedicated to conserving America’s rich fish and wildlife heritage. Within California, 40 refuges across the state provide habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunties for people. To locate a refuge near you, go to https://www.fws.gov/refuges/visit/.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, this is a self-led bioblitz. Although most refuge and hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

Review our state-by-state update page and check local refuge and hatchery conditions before
Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
Wear a cloth face mask/covering over the nose and mouth, especially when social distancing is
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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August 27, 2020

California Biodiversity Day 2020 - California Natural Resources Agency

This year, we are excited to have many partners joining us to host California Biodiversity Day events from September 5 to September 13. Please check out the events below to see how you can participate in celebrating California Biodiversity Day 2020!


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