May 23, 2019

Wild Turkeys: Strutting Around Your Suburbs, But Why?

The turkeys in your yard — or in Amanda's case at the gas station — were introduced by the California Fish and Game Commission (now the Department of Fish and Wildlife) between 1959 and 1999 to encourage recreational hunting that would generate revenue through licenses and such.

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May 21, 2019

California Dairy Family Provides Habitat for 25,000 Imperiled Birds.

A Merced dairy family is playing a key role in protecting imperiled Tricolored Blackbirds, a California-native species federally listed as a Bird of Conservation Concern and as a State of California Threatened Species.

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A bald eagle chick on Catalina encounters the guy who helped save the species.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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