Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mt. Diablo Audubon newsletter editor goes to bat once again for woodpeckers

22 Acorn woodpeckers were shot under a depradation permit issued to the Rossmoor condominium community from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service before intervention from Mt. Diablo Audubon and Audubon California. Following the intervention, the depradation stopped and the permit lapsed. However, just before the permit lapsed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services unexpectedly trapped over 20 woodpeckers to use in an experiment to determine the best way to discourage them. Mt. Diablo Audubon QUAIL newsletter editor Ellis Myers commented on the latest development in the ongoing Acorn woodpecker controversy at Rossmore in Walnut Creek in the Bay Area. His letter to the editor of CONTRA COSTA TIMES is here. More coverage is on Mt. Diablo Audubon's website here and in the July/August QUAIL which will be posted on that site.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Pasadena Audubon, Los Angeles Audubon, Audubon Center at Debs Park launch 3rd annual AUDUBON FILM FRIDAYS

Los Angeles Audubon, Pasadena Audubon and Audubon Center at Debs Park are hosting our third annual FILM FRIDAYS at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. The free series in Spanish and English is shown on a wide screen outdoors under the stars for families and kids.
Friday, June 26th: Over the Hedge: A comedy about a group of animals taking back the neighborhood... One snack at a time.  (Spanish with English Subtitles)
Friday, July 24th: Water and Watersheds explored through two shorts-  Stream Spirit Rising and On the Arroyo Seco and the internationally acclaimed FLOW (English with Spanish Subtitles)
Friday, August 28th: The Education of Little Tree:- Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, learns the wisdom of the Cherokee way of life.  (English with Spanish Subtitles)
Prior to the shows, we will have Birds Walks in the park starting at 6:45 p.m. and running to 7:45 p.m.  Showtime is at 8 p.m. in the courtyard of the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Refreshments are provided by Trader Joe's!
Location: Audubon Center at Deb's Park 4700 North Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90031
For more information call: 323.221.2255

Bay Area Audubon Chapters (BAAC) united for Alameda Wildlife Refuge

Bay Area chapters are advocating for USF&W Service to accept Alameda Wildlife Refuge from U.S. Navy because of Least Tern colony. Audubon California has also written a letter of comment supporting that position. 

Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge, a project initiated by Golden Gate Audubon Society, trains and maintains a corps of volunteers committed to protecting and enhancing the wildlife of the proposed Alameda National Wildlife Refuge.

In cooperation with the College of Alameda and Encinal High school, Friends of Alameda Wildlife Refuge has developed an environmental education program that involves training volunteers to act as docents for the refuge.  

Good news for seabirds at Gualala!

The Sea Ranch California Coastal National Monument Task Force won a national award given by the Bureau of Land Management in recognition of its monitoring efforts at Gualala Point Island.  The Task Force was one of eight volunteer groups to be recognized this year.  Madrone Audubon’s Diane Hichwa will be going to Washington, D.C. to receive the award. 

Also, California Coastal Commission decision to consider fireworks “development” needing a permit was ratified by California State Appeals Court on Friday, April 17. 

Central Sierra Audubon hosts Central Valley/Sierra Council meeting

  • presentation of genetic study on 5 populations of Great Gray Owl that suggests the California population is isolated and distinct. (Josh Hull, UC Davis)
  • Funding availability for restoration of San JoaquinRiver. (Jordan Wellwood, Audubon California)
  • Important Bird Areas in the Central Valley/Sierra (Andrea Jones, Audubon California)
  • Building your chapter through grant funding