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Spotlight on San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

January 01, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

If you find yourself headed through the Central Valley at this time of the year, a nice pit stop off Highway 5 is the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

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In Search of Mountain Plovers

January 01, 2011 by Aleta George

Ninety percent of the world population of 8,000 to 10,000 mountain plovers winter in California after traveling from their breeding grounds in Montana and Colorado. Mountain plovers, now listed as one of California's species of greatest concern, numbered around 300,000 in 1975.

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Winged Arrival

September 29, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

More than 900,000 shorebirds use San Francisco Bay sometime during the year, and fall is a great time to see them.

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Birds of a Different Feather, Flocking Together

January 01, 2008 by David Lukas

Meander through an oak woodland, or even a wooded suburban area, on a winter day, and you're likely to experience something strange about our winter woodland songbirds: You may not see them at all. Then suddenly the trees come alive with dozens of birds of several species.

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Allen’s Hummingbirds in Town

January 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Starting in February in coastal areas, keep an eye out for a change in your local hummingbirds. Our resident Anna’s ...

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Patience Rewarded

January 01, 2008 by Joe Eaton

You might be taken by surprise at this marshland wildlife area, with its plethora of wandering elk, playful otters, acrobatic owls, and diverse waterfowl. Just be sure it's not hunting season when you go.

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Birds, Birds, Birds

January 01, 2007 by Rick Bacigalupi

Humans aren’t the only creatures that flock to California to take advantage of our state’s mild winter climate. Millions of ...

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The Golden-Crown’s Winter Song

October 01, 2006 by Allen Fish

Listen for the winter song of the golden-crowned sparrow.

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100th Anniversary of Pelican Island Federal Wildlife Refuge

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Speaking of birthdays, March 14, 2003, marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first federal wildlife refuge in ...

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