These are a few of the wildlife issues that are close to my heart. The story of the California Condor has been an inspiration with such an increase in their population and the positive events of the year.Female Condor #303 successfully nested in San Benito County with Condor #313, the first and only breeding pair there in approximately 70 years. Unfortunately she was found with lead poisoning and didn’t survive even with treatment.Ventana Wildlife Society-Breeding California Condor Dies of Lead Poison
A developer in Antioch, Ca. has a colony of Burrowing Owls on his property that are going to be kicked out of their home with the permission of Ca. Fish & Game. This is a huge disapointment to all of us involved in trying to keep these owls safe. JournOwl- Burrowing Owl Mitigation is Eradication and Eviction
Center for Biological Diversity- Challenge Protection Delay for 144 Species
You don’t have to look only in your local tv listings for nature shows on Discovery Channel and National Geographic any more, you might want to check out the your neighborhood movie listings. The release of Earth in April was only the beginning of a new surge of big screen nature movies. The Cove is an espionage style/documentary film that brings the plight of the Dolphin in Taiji, Japan to light. The Cove is screening in select cities around the country.
The Crimson Wing , opens Sept. 25th, the first in a series of nature films by newly formed Disneynature.
Over the next five years, Disneynature will be releasing one film a year. Following The Crimson Wing, the sub-aquatic adventure Oceans will be unveiled next April. Then, in 2011 comes Naked Beauty. “It’s about the job that pollinators – bees, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies – do to help flowers produce and create what we need to survive,” says Camilleri. “Einstein said that if bees disappear from the surface of the Earth, then we have four years to live.” Then comes African Cats, currently being shot in Kenya, and in 2013, Earth co-directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield will present Chimpanzee.
I think the real winners here, besides the viewers that get to see these wonders up close, are the animals, birds and habitats that get the attention they deserve.
This week in Santa Monica, Ca. IBRRC took part in the Blue Planet Festival. To kick off the festivities they did a public release of Brown Pelicans and gulls. It’s great to see these large, anthropomorphic birds make it back from human caused injury to freedom again.
Another large bird that may not have the same anthropomorphic qualities is the Ca. Condor. I find them fascinating even though I have yet to see one in the wild. There is good news from Ventana Wildlife Society in an update on the status of this years hatchlings. You can read about it here on their blog.
To Celebrate Vulture Awareness Day, I thought I would feature a few photos of what Vultures do best. This Turkey Vulture was in my neighborhood cleaning up the remains of a squirrel I assume had been hit by a car. He was in a driveway with his prize as I came down the street. Thanks for the cleanup!
California’s Bay Delta Region could be in for a real fight if the Governor’s proposed legislation is passed. A package of five bills regarding the Bay-Delta is currently being considered by the state legislature in the final weeks of this legislative session. These are bills that would enable moving legislation ahead to construct a water conveyance system comparable to the Panama Canal circumventing the fresh water flows into the Delta.
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