June 19, 2018

What It Takes To Save Bald Eagles In California.

Half a century ago there were only 30 mating pairs of bald eagles in California. Today that populations has jumped due to a nationwide effort. But it still isn’t easy.


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Eaglet moved to rehab center after falling from nest.

MILPITAS — An attempt to place a fallen eaglet back in a tree on Monday was unsuccessful, and the young raptor will be taken to a rehabilitation facility to be evaluated and cared for, an official said Monday evening.


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June 16, 2018

Meet your new neighbors.

Elegant terns, Royal terns, Caspian terns, Gull-billed terns, Forster's terns, and Western Snowy Plovers.


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Bird Rescue Group Rehabilitates Pelicans That Were Starving.

Birds gotta fly, and to the delight of dozens of people gathered above a rock-strewn Southern California beach, that's exactly what a trio of brown pelicans did when their cages were opened.


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June 13, 2018

Snapshot Cal Coast 2018!

Hi everyone!

Alison & I wanted to let you all know that the third annual Snapshot Cal Coast is happening June 13 – June 20! This is the third year of a statewide effort to document California coastal biodiversity to better understand changes in species ranges and to get a sense of what species occur in specific coastal sites. Snapshot Cal Coast is organized by Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences in partnership with the California Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network and the California Ocean Protection Council.
We’re interested in species found in the rocky intertidal, sandy beaches, dunes, docks, estuaries, coastal scrub – anything along the coast from Del Norte to San Diego! Even though we are mostly focused on marine animals, we will get observations of all taxa from all coastal habitats, including birds, plants, reptiles, insects, and other terrestrial things!
Hundreds of folks will head out to the coast for these coordinated bioblitzes, June 13th- 20th. Last year almost 14000 observations were made as part of Snapshot Cal Coast 2017! Thanks in part to your awesome identification skills, in 2017, we added many, many species that had never been recorded on iNat!
We are hoping you can help again this year by keeping an eye on iNat and identifying for our Snapshot Cal Coast 2018 Project. We anticipate quite a few people new to iNaturalist participating in Snapshot Cal Coast, and getting IDs from folks like you will be hugely rewarding and will hopefully motivate them to keep on using iNat!
And, if you are in California, you can participate just by making observations along the coast – they will be automatically added to our Snapshot Cal Coast iNaturalist project. There are also quite a few events happening in support of Snapshot Cal Coast, click here to find out more information and find Snapshot Cal Coast Events.
If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments or contact either one of us.


Thanks all!
Rebecca (@rebeccafay) & Alison (@kestrel)
California Academy of Sciences Citizen Science

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June 12, 2018

What’s Still Threatening Coastal California Condors?

Despite successful conservation efforts at large, condors living along the coast are less successful than their inland cousins.


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You’d Never Guess What an Acorn Woodpecker Eats!

Have you ever wondered why woodpeckers pound so incessantly?

In the case of acorn woodpeckers -- gregarious black-and-red birds in California’s oak forests -- they’re building an intricate pantry, a massive, well-organized stockpile of thousands of acorns to carry them through the winter.


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June 09, 2018

Webcam gives up-close look at a baby California condor.

This is the closest you will probably ever get to a baby California condor: A live webcam of a condor nest in Los Padres National Forest.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology set up a camera at one of the 12 California condor nests "in the mountains of Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern counties," according to a news release, the highest number of nests ever recorded in Southern California.


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In praise of the ordinary night heron.

The first time I saw a black-crowned night heron, it was late one night on the docks of Alameda, California. My first thought was, “there’s something wrong with that seagull.” As I got closer, the being in question revealed itself to be a football-shaped bird, sitting perfectly still on the edge of the dock, its formidable beak pointed down at the water. There was something compressed and grumpy about it.


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June 08, 2018

World Oceans Day: why saving our planet starts with the right emojis.

A new campaign wants to ban the plastic cup and straw emoji.


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