"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Vote for Audubon California's 2016 Bird of the Year

Vote for Audubon California's 2016 Bird of the Year

Which bird will take the title: California Coastal Gnatcatcher, California Scrub Jay, Double-crested Cormorant, Eared Grebe, Western Sandpiper, or the Northern Spotted Owl? You can vote as many times as you like through Dec. 16.

My vote is going to: The Northern Spotted Owl, which is something of a conservation legend, playing a huge role in the battle to save old growth forests in its range in the Pacific Northwest. While it’s a bird that is more commonly thought to occupy Washington and Oregon, we do get a good number here in California – as far south as Marin. Because of this species dramatic declines, it was listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990. The California Spotted Owl has been identified as a distinct subspecies.

Happy Birding!

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