Tag: birds

Water Levels at Lake Mead Trigger 2020 Water Reductions in Arizona, Nevada, and MexicoWater Levels at Lake Mead Trigger 2020 Water Reductions in Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico

Today, the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), the United States agency tasked with managing Colorado River water, issued a study that sets its operational guidelines for 2020 and governs water releases. Given end-of-year projections for Lake Mead’s water level at (just) below 1090 feet above sea level, USBR will declare a Tier Zero shortage for 2020. Tier […]

Crows Keep Bringing Presents To Woman Who Is Kind To ThemCrows Keep Bringing Presents To Woman Who Is Kind To Them

A few years back, Melinda Green began noticing crows would occasionally drop by for a rest on her fire escape in San Francisco. Rather than shoo the birds away, as some people might, Green decided to welcome them. Credit: Melinda Green “I just started putting out some food on my fire escape when I’d see […]

Audubon-Sponsored Bill Protecting California’s Birds Clears State LegislatureAudubon-Sponsored Bill Protecting California’s Birds Clears State Legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—With a California Senate vote of 29-9, a bill strengthening the state’s protections for migratory birds beyond those specified under federal law today cleared the California Legislature. Assembly Bill 454 clarifies existing state safeguards for native birds and closes loopholes where California law defers to federal statutes, seriously weakened by the White House. The […]

New UN Report Affirms Importance of Land-Use Initiatives in Fighting Climate ChangeNew UN Report Affirms Importance of Land-Use Initiatives in Fighting Climate Change

DALLAS — Today, the IPCC released “Climate Change and Land,” a special report highlighting the connection between land use and climate change. The report calls for major changes in food production practices in order to reduce carbon emissions, increase the carbon sequestration potential of the soil, and protect biodiversity of landscapes. “This UN report confirms […]

May RanchMay Ranch

In the blue twilight of a spring morning, the bubbly chorus of Lark Buntings, the tinkling voices for Horned Larks, and the flutelike songs of Western Meadowlarks ring through the shortgrass prairie. As the orange sun emerges, blue gramma, buffalo grass, and other native grasses begin to glow, punctuated by the yellows, whites, purples, and […]

Introducing Audubon’s Migratory Bird Initiative—and How You Can HelpIntroducing Audubon’s Migratory Bird Initiative—and How You Can Help

My fascination with birds didn’t start until I was an undergraduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It was there that I had the opportunity to hold my first bird—a Black-capped Chickadee—as part of an ornithology course. When I held it, I was in awe of its beauty—the details of its plumage, its small and […]

Diminishing Lakes Pose Serious Consequences for Communities, Livelihoods, and WildlifeDiminishing Lakes Pose Serious Consequences for Communities, Livelihoods, and Wildlife

Throughout the world, millions of migratory birds are drawn to saline—or salt— lakes and the mosaic of wetlands that border their shorelines. These lakes and their water sources also benefit millions of people, their businesses, their livelihoods, and quality of life.     Yet, alarming stories and photos of drying lakes across the globe point to […]

Unanimous Support for the America’s Transportation Infrastructure ActUnanimous Support for the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

On July 30, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously voted to advance the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019, which contains the PROTECT program—Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation. This new grant program will help communities and states take steps to make transportation infrastructure more resilient in the face of […]

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Marks 10th Year of Exquisite Bird Photography2019 Audubon Photography Awards Marks 10th Year of Exquisite Bird Photography

NEW YORK (July 11, 2019) – Today, the National Audubon Society named six photographers as winners in the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards, across four divisions and six prizes. In the 10th year of the contest, winning photos and honorable mentions were selected from 2,253 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 10 Canadian provinces […]