January 19, 2020

There are lots of birds in winter; invite them into your yard.

When it comes to enjoying birds in your own backyard, winter is a season of both copious entertainment and a few practical challenges. On the positive side, this is the time of year when we enjoy the greatest variety and abundance of birds, as northern migrants find refuge in the mild climate of coastal California, and the relative scarcity of natural food encourages visits to feeding stations.


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January 18, 2020

Bird lovers flock to SLO County for Morro Bay’s annual festival.

Want to hike and look for birds? Grab your binoculars and head out to this weekend’s Morro Bay Bird Festival.

The annual three-day festival features 140 events, including field trips, workshops, presentations and special activities for bird enthusiasts.


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January 16, 2020

Over a million snow geese are lunching in California's rice fields: How you can see them.

It's a migration dating back millennia. Their arrival sends bird enthusiasts and conservationists flocking to the Sacramento Valley to catch the noisy spectacle. And for the past 20 years, there's been Chico's Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway celebrating the birds' landing.

The five-day festival starts next Wednesday. With festivities only days away, we answer some questions about this very Californian winter roost.


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January 12, 2020

California’s rice crop attracts migratory birds to Sacramento region.

About 97% of the state’s rice is grown in and around Sacramento, drawing more than 230 different species of birds.

The birds fly in from as far as Northern Alaska and stop in Northern California to eat and rest before continuing south.


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January 10, 2020

It’s Egg Time for Big Bear’s Beloved Eagles.

The Eggle has landed: Jackie laid an egg on Jan. 8; a second one is expected in a matter of days.


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January 09, 2020

Some birds were no-shows in this year’s annual SF count.

The loss of our local California Quail is even more concerning given how common they used to be in San Francisco.


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January 08, 2020

How many parasites can a bird carry?

The answer reveals a first principle applicable to complex ecosystems.


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December 31, 2019

The Survival Advantage of Being a Fancy Baby Coot.

Unlike many other gaudy animal ornaments, the red-and-orange heads of coot chicks are honest indicators of weakness and vulnerability.


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Natural Sightings: A raptor catches Christmas dinner.

Both of these full-throttle birds prey primarily on other birds, and usually catch them in flight, so that can give you an idea of their superlative flight abilities — it takes a quick, agile bird to catch another bird on the wing.


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December 28, 2019

Tuleyome Tales: Our wintertime sparrow guests.

There are five different subspecies of white crowned sparrow, but the one, Zonotrichia leucophrys nutalli, is common to our area of California and often develops permanent residency along the coast.


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