Journal archives for April 2017

April 20, 2017

Big Birder: Noah Strycker on Where to Spot Rare Species.

In September 2015, Noah Strycker entered the Guinness Book of World Records by besting a British couple, Ruth Miller and Alan Davies, who in 2008 tracked 4,341 species of birds in a year. Mr. Strycker tracked 6,042 species and told his story on the Audubon Society blog, Birding Without Borders.

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April 21, 2017

Songs of wild birds tell an ecological story to Glen Ellen soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause.

The reason we’re standing in the dark 1,300 feet up in the mountains next to burbling Sonoma Creek is because we’re with Bernie Krause, a globe-trotting Glen Ellen audio specialist who has a passion for capturing the secret sounds of animal life. We’re hoping to hear something special: the dawn chorus, the waking cacophony of wild birds on a spring morning.

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April 12, 2017

Birds decide to wing it, ignore custom condos on Bay Bridge.

As a state-protected “species of special concern,” cormorants have enjoyed migratory squatter rights on the Bay and Richmond-San Rafael bridges since they showed up here in 1984 from places like Alaska, Mexico and Nova Scotia.

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April 06, 2017

Migratory Bird Habitat Shrinking In California.

A new study shows the amount of flooded habitat available during peak migration for the birds has decreased every year for the last 30 years.

“We estimate on average that we’ve lost an area of about four times the size of Central Park in each year,” says Danica Schaffer-Smith, a doctoral student with Duke University who conducted the study.

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April 14, 2017

National Park Week means four free entry days in April.

The deal and dates: Not all parks charge entry fees, but those that do will be free Saturday and Sunday (Easter), and April 22 and 23. You have more than 400 national parks, monuments, recreation areas and historic sites to choose from too.

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April 03, 2017

An Atlantic Bird Makes a New Home in California — Maybe Because of Melting Arctic Ice.

A powerful seabird, renowned for compressing its svelte body to make torpedo-like dives for fish, the northern gannet is an Atlantic species. In spring, it nests in massive colonies along the rocky coast of Newfoundland up to the Arctic reaches of Spitsbergen. But five years ago this April, a male arrived on the Farallon Islands, becoming the first northern gannet ever recorded in California.

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A vineyard’s winged protectors.

If henhouses have foxes, vineyards have starlings -- European starlings, an invasive species that first appeared in Northern California in the 1930s. As the vineyards grew, they spread out like a picnic lunch for the birds.

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April 22, 2017

March for Science: Scientists Hit the Streets to Demand Respect, Funding.

They study the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above.

They love bugs and frogs.

They know that vaccines have saved tens of millions of lives and that climate change is not only real and worsened by people, but that it threatens our homes and livelihoods.

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April 27, 2017

A Focus on Coastal Birds May 6.

Beach and bird lovers mark your calendar! This May, a handful of local groups will host opportunities to learn and get involved in research around two iconic coastal birds, black oystercatchers and brown pelicans. The Audubon Society coordinates two great programs to learn more about these beloved birds every year with the help of the community.

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April 19, 2017

Can management really ban my hummingbird feeder?

Yes, birds are legally considered wild animals and feeding them is illegal under California law, although I’d be among the thousands of backyard feeders that would be convicted if the law was strictly enforced.

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