Journal archives for May 2019

May 21, 2019

A bald eagle chick on Catalina encounters the guy who helped save the species.

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California Dairy Family Provides Habitat for 25,000 Imperiled Birds.

A Merced dairy family is playing a key role in protecting imperiled Tricolored Blackbirds, a California-native species federally listed as a Bird of Conservation Concern and as a State of California Threatened Species.

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May 25, 2019

Major die-off of Common Murres under way along the Mendocino Coast.

Starting on Wednesday, May 22, hundreds of Common Murres, an ocean-going bird native to the Pacific Coast from the Channel Islands to the tip of the Aleutians in Alaska, have been reported washed up dead or dying on beaches along a 10-mile stretch of coastline in Mendocino County between Noyo Bay and Seaside Beach.

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May 29, 2019

Backlash over destruction of cliff swallow colony in Sebastopol elicits city apology.

A Sebastopol city worker unleashed a torrent of public criticism this month, followed by a subsequent apology from the city, after he scraped away up to 200 mud nests made by cliff swallows under the eaves of the Community Center Youth Annex.

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May 06, 2019

Why were birds missing from backyards during the super bloom?

Suzanne Mulcahy of Laguna Niguel became concerned when the hummingbirds in her yard disappeared around mid-April.

“I’ve always kept four feeders filled all the time,” she said. “There were birds at them continually. Then all of a sudden, my hummies (sic) were gone.”

Other bird enthusiasts had similar experiences with feathered friends disappearing from backyards when the spring season began blooming.

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May 31, 2019

14 Things You Should Know About Vultures.

Your mom always told you to be nice to the custodian—and speaking of clean-up specialists, have you thanked a vulture today? The scavenging birds do our environment a world of good.

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May 15, 2019

Bald eagles chicks in California mountains are finally named.

Two bald eagle chicks hatched last month in Southern California have names thanks to a vote by school children.

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May 11, 2019

California condors' numbers keep growing.

Dave Meyer is a California condor biologist with the Santa Barbara Zoo, and a graduate of UW-Stevens Point. Nicole Weprin is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. They co-lead a field crew of about a dozen scientists at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in the Los Padres National Forest, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Along with the people who reside and work and recreate here, they are the California Condor Recovery Project.

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May 17, 2019

Brown Pelicans.

The brown pelican used to nest abundantly in the California but due to eggshell thinning from DDT and the collapse of sardine populations, they now mostly breed in Baja California, though small breeding colonies have appeared in the Channel Islands. The federal government removed the brown pelican from the Endangered Species Act, so it looks like we’ll get to watch those wonderful birds with their gular sacs gulping and a-fluttering for a very long time to come.

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May 16, 2019

Citizen Scientists needed for Burrowing Owl Research

Whoooo gives a hoooot about western burrowing owls? Could it be yoooooooo?

This subspecies has have been declining in California and is at risk of going extinct in San Diego County. The San Diego Zoo said Monday it has asked animal lovers the world over to log on to identify and classify photos. Anyone with a computer or a smartphone can visit to perform volunteer research. The goal is to follow western burrowing owl families as they set up burrows, raise chicks, catch prey and protect their domain.

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