Friday, August 29, 2008

Collaborative Funding Report: San Diego Audubon

San Diego Audubon used their 2008 Collaborative Funding grant to create a brochure and signage for Anstine-Audubon Nature. The 11 acre property was bequeathed to the San Diego Audubon Society by John Anstine in 1999 to fulfill a promise he had made to his wife that the property would not be subdivided or developed. For more on the Nature Preserve go here

Morro Coast Audubon acquires 8 acre bay front addition to Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

The charming East Sweet Springs property includes 400 feet of Morro Bay’s southern shoreline including critically important coastal wetlands, marsh, mudflats, and upland coastal scrub.

“We are thrilled to expand the Nature Preserve to include this important shoreline property. We look forward to expanding our restoration efforts and trails on this new property and opening the site up for public enjoyment and education,” says Jan Surbey, president of the Morro Coast Audubon Society.

In 1995, the Morro Bay Estuary was included in the National Estuary Program (NEP) due to its water quality issues and critical importance for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. A community and multi-agency effort known as the Morro Estuary Greenbelt Alliance (MEGA) emerged shortly thereafter to protect the multiple endemic special status species, the remaining undeveloped lands on the shoreline, and important habitat lands and trails between Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Bay State Park. Audubon California includes Sweet Springs in the Morro Bay Important Bird Area identified in 2004.

“Every year, Morro Bay ranks among the Audubon Society’s Top Ten Birding Areas in the nation. This acquisition will greatly expand birding opportunities for everyone,” says Henry Pontarelli, Strategic Development Chair of MCAS.

A special community event to celebrate the new addition to the Preserve will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2008, at 2pm. The event is open to the public and will include a brief ceremony about the project and land, docent-led tours, fun activities for kids, food and drinks Everyone is welcome.

Funding for the acquisition was generously provided by the Wildlife Conservation Board, State Coastal Conservancy, the USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Program, and the USFWS Section VI – Recovery Land Acquisition Program, with support from Senators Feinstein and Boxer for the federal monies.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Audubon California supports delisting of Peregrine Falcon

Dan Taylor, Director of Policy and Gary Langham, Director of Bird Conservation, made the following announcement:

"Following the filing of a petition to delist the Falcon, Audubon California in June of 2008 convened a forum of Peregrine Falcon experts to discuss the issue. Based on this forum, coupled with our own independent analysis, a strong scientific case exists for the delisting of this subspecies. Audubon supports the delisting, provided that subsequent follow-up activities are built into the decision to ensure that population monitoring remains a part of the ongoing peregrine management effort.
We will continue to pressure state and federal agencies to monitor the progress of the Peregrine Falcon to ensure that the bird’s progress continues."

More info here

Yosemite Audubon Board members scales Mt. Whitney

Update: After surviving the fires in Mariposa, Yosemite Audubon Field Trip Chair Lowell Young scaled Mt. Whitney at the age of 73. To his dismay, his granddaughter arrived at the summit before him.