March 19, 2018

Slow down and watch the birds enjoying Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

There's been some great bird watching going on over the past couple of weeks along the Interstate 80 corridor known as the Yolo Bypass, where commuters head from Sacramento to the Bay Area.

A series of videos shot by Jim Morris of the California Wildlife Commission bears witness to how the Yolo County Wildlife Area has attracted large numbers of pelicans, ducks, geese, egrets, herons, songbirds, and hawks.

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'Field Notes:' How Scientists Study Bird Migration.

Migration is one of the many adaptations used by birds and other animals to cope with the cold temperatures and scarcity of food that winter can bring. As scientists and naturalists we are interested not only in where birds go in the winter, but in how we know where birds go in search of more hospitable conditions. Traditionally, scientists captured, tagged and released individual birds and hoped that someone, somewhere, would find this bird and report its whereabouts.

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March 18, 2018

Twice as many birds at Putah Creek after water restored.

The success at Putah Creek could be replicated at other neglected streams, the authors note. Such restoration efforts hold multiple benefits for people and wildlife.

Beyond the return of fish and birds, biologists conducting the survey have observed a host of other wildlife returning to the creek, from mink and beaver to river otters, bobcats, coyotes, and even an occasional bear.

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March 16, 2018

'Our Feathered Friends' showcases local birds at the Wildling Museum in Solvang.

The Valley Oak Gallery at the Wildling Museum has gone to the birds.

"Our Feathered Friends: Birds of the Tri-Counties," features the paintings of three artists, Jim Hodgson, René C. Reyes and George Lockwood, who share their unique artistic perspectives of bird species that can be found in the tri-county region (Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo).

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March 15, 2018

Lassen County Man Arrested for Illegal Mass Killing of Raptors.

California wildlife officers have uncovered what is likely the largest raptor poaching case in known California history, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced.

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March 14, 2018

Welcome the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano.

WHEN IT COMES TO PLACES... and the much-loved, oft-told tales that swirl in their vicinity, you can't find many stories that are as adored and long-standing as the swallows and San Juan Capistrano. In fact, you likely are humming "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" now, and, if that vintage ditty isn't in your head, then the knowledge that the small and sprightly bird and its penchant for returning to the handsome village every March, as part of its yearly migration, is, most definitely. Of course, recent years have seen a dearth in swallows come St. Joseph's Day, or March 19, the hallowed occasion on which the swallows are welcomed back after migrating from Argentina.

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March 13, 2018

House finches with pink eye reveal the secrets of disease virulence.

Dhondt says this latest publication is another piece added to solving the puzzle of how house finch eye disease works: “The experiments reported in the Science paper explain elegantly why pathogen virulence increased once the disease had become established. And it’s more evidence of how curiosity-driven research on birds can generate insights that are relevant for human health.”

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March 12, 2018

15 bald eagles spotted at Southern California lakes.

Fifteen bald eagles were spotted during an organized count at sites across inland Southern California over the weekend.

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Pen in Hand: Western Bluebirds of Happiness: simply beautiful thrushes that love Tehachapi.

It can be a startlingly beautiful experience this time of year when you see a sudden flash of brilliant cobalt blue against the muted winter landscape. In the Blue Oak woodlands and Valley Oak savannahs of the Tehachapi Mountains, this usually means one thing: Western Bluebirds.

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March 11, 2018