May 17, 2019

Brown Pelicans.

The brown pelican used to nest abundantly in the California but due to eggshell thinning from DDT and the collapse of sardine populations, they now mostly breed in Baja California, though small breeding colonies have appeared in the Channel Islands. The federal government removed the brown pelican from the Endangered Species Act, so it looks like we’ll get to watch those wonderful birds with their gular sacs gulping and a-fluttering for a very long time to come.

https://www.kqed.org/perspectives/201601138657/brown-pelicans

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Mojave Desert birds disappearing quickly.

When Steve Beissinger led a team of scientists from UC Berkeley into Southern California’s Mojave Desert, the landscape looked much as it did in photographs taken at the turn of the 20th century by Joseph Grinnell, a famed biologist. But there was one noticeable difference: Many birds were missing.

https://www.avpress.com/opinion/editorial/mojave-desert-birds-disappearing-quickly/article_56c59f0c-7767-11e9-b0f2-6748ca1273fd.html

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May 16, 2019

Citizen Scientists needed for Burrowing Owl Research

Whoooo gives a hoooot about western burrowing owls? Could it be yoooooooo?

This subspecies has have been declining in California and is at risk of going extinct in San Diego County. The San Diego Zoo said Monday it has asked animal lovers the world over to log on to identify and classify photos. Anyone with a computer or a smartphone can visit wildwatchburrowingowl.org to perform volunteer research. The goal is to follow western burrowing owl families as they set up burrows, raise chicks, catch prey and protect their domain.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/biotech/story/2019-05-14/burrowing-owls

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May 15, 2019

Bald eagles chicks in California mountains are finally named.

Two bald eagle chicks hatched last month in Southern California have names thanks to a vote by school children.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Bald-eagles-chicks-in-California-mountains-are-13848197.php

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May 14, 2019

Feral Parrots Are Taking Over America.

These birds, descendants of escaped pets, have managed to create thriving colonies in these cities despite the annual cold weather. It turns out they’re far from unusual—escaped pet parrots have established breeding populations in nearly half of U.S. states, according to a new analysis.

https://gizmodo.com/feral-parrots-are-taking-over-america-1834763132

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LA Zoo Discovers New Breeding Technique for California Condors.

The discovery of a breeding technique for California condors never before tried by any other zoo should help increase the numbers of the critically endangered species, the Los Angeles Zoo announced Monday.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/california/LA-Zoo-New-Breeding-Technique-for-Endangered-California-Condors-509881901.html

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May 11, 2019

California condors' numbers keep growing.

Dave Meyer is a California condor biologist with the Santa Barbara Zoo, and a graduate of UW-Stevens Point. Nicole Weprin is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. They co-lead a field crew of about a dozen scientists at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in the Los Padres National Forest, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Along with the people who reside and work and recreate here, they are the California Condor Recovery Project.

https://www.leadertelegram.com/features/getting-out/close-encondors-of-the-bird-kind/article_88703a33-0c22-5bed-a118-5a06eb4f33bb.html

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May 09, 2019

Hi Mountain Condor Lookout volunteers and Cal Poly students help wildlife agencies track the endangered California condor.

At the first creek crossing, you know it’s not going to be a smooth ride up Hi Mountain Road. It’s steep and deep, with rivulets of earth carved out by heavy creek flows rolling up the other side.

This road was graded and re-opened to the public in 2018, but a winter of heavy rain flowing across packed dirt put deep grooves into the path of vehicles. Climbing into Los Padres National Forest, the ruts up ahead make the trek bouncy and slow-going. A high-clearance vehicle is a necessity. Four-wheel drive is recommended.

http://www.santamariasun.com/cover/18603/hi-mountain-condor-lookout-volunteers-and-cal-poly-students--help-wildlife-agencies-track-the-endangered-california-condor/

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Hi Mountain Condor Lookout volunteers and Cal Poly students help wildlife agencies track the endangered California condor.

At the first creek crossing, you know it’s not going to be a smooth ride up Hi Mountain Road. It’s steep and deep, with rivulets of earth carved out by heavy creek flows rolling up the other side.

This road was graded and re-opened to the public in 2018, but a winter of heavy rain flowing across packed dirt put deep grooves into the path of vehicles. Climbing into Los Padres National Forest, the ruts up ahead make the trek bouncy and slow-going. A high-clearance vehicle is a necessity. Four-wheel drive is recommended.

http://www.santamariasun.com/cover/18603/hi-mountain-condor-lookout-volunteers-and-cal-poly-students--help-wildlife-agencies-track-the-endangered-california-condor/

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LA vs. SF? Which county has the greatest number of wild species? The answer may surprise you.

Usually, when Los Angeles competes with San Francisco, the City by the Bay wins by flaunting its European style, quaint trolley cars and if necessary, a championship Warriors team that has reigned over the NBA while L.A. round ball teams flounder.

Continuing that theme, the two cities faced off four years ago in an inaugural City Nature Challenge, which posed the question: Which city could enlist more community members to count wildlife during a two-day period in April.

http://www.dailynews.com/la-vs-sf-which-county-has-the-greatest-number-of-wild-species-the-answer-may-surprise-you

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