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Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Help Project FeederWatch track backyard birds

Western scrub jay by David Smith

Interested bird watchers are needed to help scientists discover changes in local bird populations. I just received the news release below from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York. Check it out, I think you’ll want to get involved. Do you watch birds in your backyard? Then you can do it. It’s lots of fun, too! /Gary

Ithaca, NY — What happens in the backyard should not stay in the backyard — at least when it comes to bird feeders.
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Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2009
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Birdwatchers no featherweights when contributing to the economy

Birdwatching: Who’s watching who?
me & acorn

A new report released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows one of every five Americans watches birds, and in doing so, birdwatchers contributed $36 billion to the U.S. economy in 2006, the most recent year for which economic data are available.

“This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study further reinforces the importance of bird conservation,” said Darin Schroeder, American Bird Conservancy’s Vice President for Conservation Advocacy. “The State of the Birds report released earlier this year found that one-third of all bird species in the U.S. are in decline or facing serious threats. This report confirms that losing these species could have significant economic consequences.”
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Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2009
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San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: A special photo essay

Snowy egret landing ( Aric Crabb /Staff)

In 1974, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the first urban national wildlife refuge in the country.

Thirty-five years since its inception, the refuge complex is now made up of seven distinct refuges spanning 120 miles and 44,377 acres, from Monterey County to San Pablo Bay. The refuges are home to 18 endangered and threatened species, providing protection to their habitat.

In the next year, a series of beautiful and informative photo essays by Media-News staff photographer Aric Crabb will explore the four seasons of the complex.
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Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Under: Bird Watching, Birds, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Waterfowl, Wildlife | No Comments »

Cornell Bird Lab study: Got nest boxes? You can be a citizen scientist!

Screech owl nest box. Photo by Carol Meyer, Galaxy Press, Concord, Calif.
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Your monitoring can help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology study climate change and nesting birds.

Anyone with one or more nest boxes can help scientists learn more about bird families and how they might be affected by climate change. Just register the nest box (or boxes) with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch program at It doesn’t cost anything but yields valuable information needed to better understand breeding birds and how their natural rhythms may be changing.

If you don’t have a nest box, now is the time to set one up.
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Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2009
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New BLM Webcam at Consumnes Preserve offers bird’s eye view

Three pelicans photo by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, Calif.

If you can’t go to the birds, the birds will come to you over the internet, courtesy of a new webcam at the Cosumnes River Preserve.

The webcam operates 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
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Connecticut warbler: Want to hear its song? Come on in!

There’s a story on page A3 in today’s Times about a Connecticut warbler that’s being treated for bruises and missing feathers at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California. (It hit a window at Peets Coffee in Brentwood.)
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Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2008
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Comments on the first Earth Day by President Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell

Brian Murphy sent me this interesting quote this morning:

“The conservation movement is a breeding ground of Communists and other subversives. We intend to clean them out even if it means rounding up every bird watcher in the country!”
— Attorney General John Mitchell, under Nixon, (1969-1972) during the first Earth Day 1970

Things have changed a little bit since then.
— Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek

Have they? /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Under: Animal Politics, Bird Watching, Conservation, Earth Day | No Comments »

12th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival

Do you like wild birds?

The 12th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival takes place on Mare Island in Vallejo, Feb. 1-3. The Festival attracts more than 6,000 people from the Central Valley, North Coast and all points of the San Francisco Bay Area to the free event.

Activities for all ages and skills are scheduled both indoors and outdoors. Beginning bird-watchers are welcome!

Migrating birds are most abundant during the midwinter at the local National Wildlife Refuges, State Wildlife Areas and private lands, which attract over 1 million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of waterfowl that migrate through or winter in the San Francisco Bay region.

** The Wildlife Discovery Expo features native wild birds from Native Bird Connections, hands-on activities for children, natural resource, historic, recreational and birding equipment exhibits and numerous guided wetland, historic and birding tours on Mare Island.

** Sacramento based Crane Culture Theater performs Lord of the Cranes, an ancient Chinese folk tale of good fortune, and affinity with nature in a program of dance, music and masked actors, for the first time in the Bay Area.

** Visit St. Peter’s Chapel, adorned with the most Tiffany stained glass in the West.

** Travel at your own pace on a self-guided birding walk or a 5k and 10k Volkswalk.

** There are 60 outings led by naturalists scheduled throughout the region during the only 3-day birding Festival in the Bay Area.

The Festival is a project of Arc Ecology and sponsored by dozens of local Bay Area environmental groups and businesses. Call 707-557-9816 or visit for a complete list of all activities, maps on how to get there, and more.

Do you like wild birds? Then spread your wings and fly on over this weekend for a really FUN time! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
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