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ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 2022

Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, and many other Western Hemisphere countries. This year … Continue reading

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 2022

ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT – SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022

Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, and many other Western Hemisphere countries. This year … Continue reading

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How To Prevent Bird Window Strikes

Bird Friendly Yards How this “Bird-Friendly Yard” Site is Different Most bird-friendly yard websites only urge homeowners to add native plants to increase songbird survival. Of course, we do also. But the other sites do not show homeowners how to … Continue reading

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THE ESCONDIDO CREEK CONSERVANCY SAVES 79 ACRES. CREATES NEW LEOMAR PRESERVE IN OLIVENHAIN.

The acquisition further supports preservation efforts that began with the Conservancy’s “Save 1,000 Acres” campaign in the upper Escondido Creek watershed, and honors two of the Conservancy’s founders.

The Escondido Creek Conservancy has continued its commitment to creating wildlife corridors in North San Diego County as part of its on-going Missing Lynx campaign. The recent purchase of 79 acres of land adjacent to the Gaty reservoir in Olivenhain will serve as the centerpiece of the Conservancy’s newest wildlife sanctuary, called LeoMar Preserve, named to honor Leonard Wittwer and Martha Blane, two Conservancy founders instrumental in the success of the now 30-year old land trust.

Escrow closed on May 7th, 2021. The purchase price was $2,054,000, consisting of a grant awarded to the Conservancy from the State of California Wildlife Conservation Board (propositions 68 and 84) and a sub-grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s section 6 of the Federal Endangered Species Act. The acquisition and conservation is a result of State, Federal, and local collaboration.

“Leonard and Martha understand the intrinsic value of the native coastal SoCal sage scrub and chaparral habitats that once covered most of southern California. They have committed a great part of their lives to ensuring that as much as possible continues to thrive. It is an honor for the Escondido Creek Conservancy to be able to name a preserve after them,” said Betsy Keithley, a member of the Escondido Creek Conservancy Board of Directors.

Leonard Wittwer has been on the Board since 1991. He has been central to the growth of the Conservancy’s land protection program, and currently serves as board president. Martha served as the very first board president, at a time when it was uncommon to see women in non-profit leadership roles. Both Leonard and Martha have devoted thousands of volunteer hours to the Conservancy over the past three decades. Their service is being acknowledged by the Board of Directors with the creation of this beautiful preserve in Olivenhain.

“Partners like the Escondido Creek Conservancy are key to helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fulfill its conservation mission,” said Jonathan Snyder, Assistant Field Supervisor for the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office. “Conservation of this habitat will ensure plants and wildlife in the area continue to persist.”

The LeoMar Preserve is located in the lower Escondido Creek watershed in the Olivenhain community of Encinitas. It is home to sensitive habitats and threatened and endangered species including the coastal California gnatcatcher. Over the next few years, the Conservancy will be protecting additional properties and adding them to the LeoMar Preserve, managing the preserve for the betterment of California’s threatened and endangered species.

“Because of Leonard and Martha’s devotion to the Escondido Creek watershed, a piece of wild California will be preserved for all time, and will thrive, at the LeoMar Preserve,” said Ann Van Leer, the Conservancy’s executive director.

Visit www.escondidocreek.org to learn more about the Conservancy, to join the mission to enhance the lives of people and wildlife in the Escondido Creek watershed. More information about the Missing Lynx campaign can be found at: www.escondidocreek.org/special-projects.

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Support Palomar Audubon by Shopping at AmazonSmile During Amazon Prime Days – June 21 & 22

Palomar Audubon now participates in AmazonSmile charity program.  You can now easily support Palomar Audubon every time you shop online at Amazon. What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization … Continue reading

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Escondido Christmas Bird Count on January 2, 2021 Report

Conducting a Christmas bird count during a pandemic was a challenge. Still, eighty-six observers divided into 35 teams participated. We were particularly fortunate in having Safari Park staff participate as the park was closed to the public. Many teams commented … Continue reading

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San Diego County Avian Database 2002-2021 now available on-line

For the past year I have been working on a “San Diego County Avian Database 2002-2021.” With extensive assistance provided by Guy McCaskie and Phil Unitt, and also with much input from many additional San Diego County birders, past and … Continue reading

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ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 2021   Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, and many other … Continue reading

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Useful Q & A on What to Do When You Find an Abandoned Fledgling Bird

Question: Hi, We have a fledgling Crow in our backyard (also been in both neighbor’sbackyards) that appears to have been abandoned. It’s been 7 or 8 hoursand no adults have come by to feed it. It calls incessantly. I found … Continue reading

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Trees Are For Birds

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Burrowing Owls Need Your Help

  An Invitation to Join Friends of Pomona Valley Burrowing Owls Burrowing Owls are small owls that use underground burrows for nest sites and shelter. At one time these owls were very common in California and, even as recently as … Continue reading

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Cancellations Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

All Field Trips and Programs scheduled for May & June have been cancelled.  Future field trips and programs will only be scheduled once the CDC has advised that it is safe to resume normal activities. The Birding classes scheduled for … Continue reading

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Palomar Audubon Picnic Postponed

Late Breaking News!2020 P.A.S. PICNIC Scheduled forJune 14th has been postponed due toCoronavirus restrictions. Stand by formore information.

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Lake Hodges Trip Report

Mary Jo, Leslie, Cindy, Jack, Rustom, Richard and Hal went birding at Lake Hodges on Saturday, March 14. Despite the threat of rain, we stayed dry until the very end when we were driven to the bird list table by … Continue reading

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This Month Program Has Been Cancelled.

The Remington Club Retirement Center has cancelled all events that were scheduled, and open to the general public.  This month’s program has been cancelled.  Future programs and board meeting may also be cancelled as a precaution to the COVET 19 … Continue reading

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CANCELLED – PAS SIXTH ANNUAL BIRD CLASS

The Birding classes scheduled for April and May have been cancelled.  Anyone that has already signed up for the class will be refunded the amount paid.  If feasible, these classes will be offered in the fall.  Palomar Audubon Society is … Continue reading

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eBird Report – San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Mar 7, 2020

Birders, It was another beautiful day at this very special wildlife area. We missed a lot of species but why we saw made up for it. Questions or comments, email me.   Happy Birding,   Sally San Jacinto Wildlife Area, … Continue reading

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eBird Report – Santee Lakes , Feb 22, 2020

Good morning, all. Below is a copy of our eBird report for yesterday’s (partially rained out) venture to Santee Lakes. Thanks to the 18 intrepid souls who braved the elements. (Please drop me an email if you want an eBird … Continue reading

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