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GREAT NEWS FROM THE US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE!!!

Here is a brand new (Jan 19, 2017) directive from the Head of the Service, concerning the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle. Click below to view the entire document.

director’s order #219
NEWS FROM NATIONAL AUDUBON and DAVID YARNOLD

[For those of you who think signing online petitions is not worthwhile…..]

Big Win for Tiny Bird!

A year and a half ago, in February 2015, we alerted you that property developers were petitioning to remove the threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species list. The petition was based on deeply flawed science, more than 33,000 Audubon supporters like you from across the country wrote to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), urging them to keep the protections in place. Yesterday, FWS announced it rejected the delisting request, and the Endangered Species Act’s vital safety net will remain in place for this imperiled bird.

The FWS ruled that the bird is a unique subspecies and warrants its listing as threatened. This decision affirms years of peer-reviewed research and Audubon’s position that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is a distinct subspecies that must remain protected.

Coastal California Gnatcatchers only weigh as much as a nickel, and will often stay together in pairs throughout the year. Both parents help incubate their eggs and raise the nestlings. The small amount of their remaining habitat is rapidly being turned into housing developments. As Audubon California’s Executive Director Brigid McCormack notes, the decision “isn’t just a triumph for the California Gnatcatcher, but a win for all species that rely upon coastal sage scrub for survival.”

Thank you for writing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year! Your letter helped make a difference for the beautiful Coastal California Gnatcatcher.

coastal california gnatcatcher

Piedra Trail and Sambrito on 5/21

Check eBird for the birds we saw — a lot of the usual ones and a surprise or two, or three! At Sambrito, when the ten of us were about to turn around and head back to the cars, Ben spotted an American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) which, after our waiting and watching the reedy wetlands for a long time, turned into a sudden (and very short-lived) flight of 3 American bitterns! Unfortunately, they were so fast that we didn’t get a good picture. But, a first on everyone’s life list! By the way, the strange calls were a confirmation for us.Sambritobittern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2011 Christmas Bird Count

A great success and a fun time was had by all!

If you participated in the Weminuche Audubon Society’s 2011 Christmas Bird Count and would like to share your favorite photos that you took that day with us, please send them to:
weminuche.audubon@gmail.com

(Click Images to Enlarge)


Two Red-tailed Hawks photo by Roger Organ


Red Crossbill (f.) photo by Dianne M. Lee


Bald Eagle photo by David Dunford


Lewis’s Woodpecker photo by Roger Organ


Red Crossbill (m.) photo by Dianne M. Lee


Hairy Woodpecker (m.) photo by David Dunford


Red-tailed Hawk photo by Roger Organ


Western Scrub Jay photp by Roger Organ


Bald Eagle photo by Roger Organ

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