October 22, 2019

Channel Islands Sea Gulls Apparently Love In-N-Out; But Their Diet May Be Changing Their Habitat.

The ecologist pointed a large camera skyward and snapped a picture of the seabird gliding on the strong ocean breeze. Then a smile spread across her face.

https://ktla.com/2019/10/22/channel-islands-sea-gulls-apparently-love-in-n-out-but-their-diet-may-be-changing-their-habitat/amp/

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October 16, 2019

Court Blocks Trump Administration Plans to Strip Sage-grouse Protections.

A federal judge today blocked Trump administration plans allowing expanded drilling, mining, livestock grazing and other destructive activities across 51 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat in seven western states: Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California and Oregon.

https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/court-blocks-trump-administration-plans-strip-sage-grouse-protections-2019-10-16/

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October 15, 2019

GPS Tracking Reveals Rare ‘Itinerant Breeding’ Behavior in California Bird.

Reproduction and migration are the two most demanding tasks in a bird’s life, and the vast majority of species separate them into different times of the year. Only two bird species have been shown to undertake what scientists call “itinerant breeding”: nesting in one area, migrating to another region, and nesting again there within the same year, to take advantage of shifting food resources.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191015075314.htm

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How intense is 2019 Pacific Flyway bird migration in Sacramento Valley? Watch fall arrivals.

Thousands of specklebelly geese and other birds arrive in a rice field near Yuba City, as the Pacific Flyway wildlife migration intensifies. Sacramento Valley rice fields provide food and a resting place for millions of birds.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article236237168.html

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Birds common in Berkeley at risk from climate change.

Chickadees. Juncos. Woodpeckers….

These familiar backyard Berkeley birds are all at risk from climate change, according to a detailed new report released last week by the National Audubon Society.

https://www.berkeleyside.com/2019/10/15/berkeley-birds-at-risk-from-climate-change

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Commentary: As a birder, I see the effects of climate change every day. Now, Audubon has quantified the threat.

For serious birders who regularly observe birds in the wild, ignoring climate change isn't possible. We have been seeing and documenting the effects of a warming climate since at least the 1950s.

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-commentary-birder-effects-climate-day.amp

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October 14, 2019

Laundré: Another hunter myth: Americans are losing touch with nature.

John W. Laundré Laundré is in the biology department at Western Oregon University. He has studied cougars, wolves and coyotes in the U.S. and is the author of "Phantoms of the Prairie: Return of Cougars to the Midwest."

https://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/laundr-another-hunter-myth-americans-are-losing-touch-with-nature/article_ec3d7282-d164-5d8c-a663-436f2a6f2567.html

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October 10, 2019

1 billion birds en route to California.

One of the best predictors of bird migrations and pending winter weather is to track sandhill cranes, both their numbers and routes. A check this week shows the birds are right on schedule with the first arrivals at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi, where the Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering weekend tours to see them. In the next three weeks, some 5,000 are expected in this region.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/outdoors/stienstra/amp/1-billion-birds-en-route-to-California-14505303.php

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October 08, 2019

A Lesson for Ravens: Don’t Eat the Tortoises.

Can fake tortoise shells teach predators to stop devouring soft-shelled juveniles?

https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/599599/

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October 07, 2019

Exterminating mice with poison would protect rare sea birds on Farallones, study says.

The proposed extermination of hordes of house mice on the Farallon Islands would protect a fast-diminishing population of rare sea birds by halting rampant, unnatural predation by owls, a study released Monday concludes.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/amp/Exterminating-mice-would-protect-rare-sea-birds-14494371.php

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