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  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Audubon-news@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 16:11:18 -0500

Dear News Subscribers - 

This week we're trying something a little different: a listing of short 
newsbriefs which you may find useful.
Each of them has weblinks or contacts which will provide you with more 
information on stories of interest.

Thank you for your continued interest in Audubon stories.


John Bianchi

Audubon Newswire
Volume 2, Number 4
March 3, 2004

In this issue:
-- Carol Browner Op-ed on "isolated" wetlands featured in San Francisco 
-- Book on California IBAs by Dan Cooper Published by Audubon
-- "Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover's Soul" Features Foreword by John Flicker
-- San Diego Audubon Society Joins Suit to Prevent Destructive Border Fence Plan
-- Audubon Magazine Reports on the Toll Windows Take on America's Birds
-- New Bird Observatory Opens at Audubon's Starr Ranch Sanctuary
-- Darryl Brown Joins Audubon as Vice President and Director of Development
Carol Browner Opinion Piece on Protecting So-called "Isolated" Wetlands
Is Featured in San Francisco Chronicle's Open Forum

San Francisco, CA, Wednesday, March 3, 2004 - Audubon Chair Carol Browner has 
penned a piece that was featured last week in the San Francisco Chronicle's 
Open Forum, the paper's opinion section.

"In December, in response to public outcry, President Bush announced he would 
drop a proposal to exempt many wetlands from federal protection," Browner 
wrote.  "This announcement gave the impression to many that the administration 
would in fact continue to protect these wetlands.  Unfortunately, this is not 
the case -- the administration left standing an Environmental Protection Agency 
'guidance' which directs its field offices not to enforce long-standing rules 
to protect key wetlands."

You can view the entire op-ed at the Chronicle's website: 
Audubon Publishes Important Bird Areas of California by Dan Cooper:
Guide Identifies 150 California Sites That Are Critical to Birds

Pasadena, CA, Wednesday, March 3, 2004 - Audubon California is pleased to 
announce the release of Important Bird Areas of California, the culmination of 
a three-year effort to identify and describe key areas around the state that 
are most important to birds.  This landmark, 300-page publication focuses on 
nearly 150 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) throughout the state.  "By distributing 
this book widely, we hope to raise awareness about all of California's IBAs," 
said Dan Cooper, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon California and 
author of the book.  "In particular we want to emphasize the more threatened 
sites - places that may be lost forever to birds and other wildlife unless 
immediate conservation action is taken."  

Important Bird Areas of California is currently available through Audubon 
California for $19.99 + $5.00 shipping and handling.  Bulk rates are available. 
 A limited number of books are also available for purchase at the Audubon 
Center in Debs Park.  For more information, visit: www.audubon.org 
<http://www.audubon.org> .
'Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover's Soul' Features Foreword by John Flicker

New York, NY, Wednesday, March 3, 2004 - "Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover's 
Soul: Inspiring Stories of Joy, Insight, and Adventure in the Great Outdoors", 
the latest in the popular series of books which have sold millions of copies 
worldwide, hits bookstores this month featuring a foreword by National Audubon 
Society President John Flicker.  The volume is a collection of stories that 
explore our essential connection with nature, and invite readers to get 
outdoors and savor the natural world, written and compiled by New York Times 
best-selling authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Steve Zikman.

Stories in this volume celebrate the power of nature to renew and heal.  They 
also reveal and explore the oft-forgotten connection humans have with the wild. 
 In his foreword, Flicker discusses the reasons for this bond.  "Each of us is 
made up of the same particles as the rest of this Earth," he writes.  "There is 
something in each of us that longs to be connected back to nature.  As a 
conservationist, I believe that I am a better person if I spend time outdoors 
enjoying nature.  It is an essential part of my spiritual diet.  And like other 
human instincts we don't fully understand, I believe this longing is connected 
to our survival."

"Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover's Soul" is available at local bookstores.  
To order directly, call Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) at 800-441-5569.
San Diego Audubon Society Joins Coalition in Suit to Prevent the
Construction of Destructive Triple Fence Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

San Diego, CA, Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - The San Diego Audubon Society - a 
Chapter of National Audubon - in coalition with six environmental groups, filed 
suit against a plan to build a triple fence along 14 miles of the U.S.- Mexico 
border.  The suit alleges that a U.S. Customs/Border Patrol Environmental 
Impact Statement supporting the plan is inadequate and violates the National 
Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).  In addition, the California Coastal 
Commission, on February 18, voted 10 to 0 that part of the project, as 
designed, is not consistent with the California Coastal Act.

The fence system, an expansion of an existing single fence with several gaps, 
is designed to stop illegal entry into the United States.  The project has 
already been built in less sensitive areas to the east, but the proposed 
construction (from the ocean to the San Ysidro border crossing) will have the 
worst environmental impact.  

For many years the Chapter and a growing group of organizations, elected 
officials, and agencies have been trying to work with the Border Patrol to 
redesign the project in the most sensitive areas to minimize impacts and still 
achieve the project's mission.  Despite these good faith efforts, the suit 
filed on environmental impacts, a possible suit from the Coastal Commission, 
and other environmental and regulatory conflicts, there are indications that 
the Customs/Border Patrol agency may attempt to continue with the current 
design.  For more information contact Jim Peugh, Conservation Committee Chair, 
San Diego Audubon Society, peugh@xxxxxxx <mailto:peugh@xxxxxxx>.
Birds Vs. Windows: a Clear and Present Danger - Audubon Magazine's March 2004 
Issue Reports on the Terrible Toll Windows Take on America's Bird Life

New York, NY, Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - Everyone loves a room with a view - 
unless they happen to be a bird.  Scientists have gathered an increasing amount 
of proof that collisions with glass windows account for several million-bird 
deaths annually.  After several decades, biologists, builders, and architects 
are finally doing something about one of the leading causes of bird mortality.

As David Malakoff reports in Clear and Present Danger, they're joining together 
to come up with ideas that fix the problem, to help both people - and birds; 
photography by Robert McCaw.  For more information on the March Audubon, visit 
www.audubon.org <http://www.audubon.org> .
New Bird Observatory Opens at Audubon's Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Trabuco Canyon, CA, Monday, March 1, 2004 - Audubon California's Starr Ranch 
Sanctuary announces the opening of an Audubon-operated bird observatory, Starr 
Ranch Bird Observatory (SRBO) www.starr-ranch.org/srbo.htm 
<http://www.starr-ranch.org/srbo.htm>.  SRBO is the newest program area of 
Starr Ranch's Field Ecology Programs - educational activities that use the 
tools and techniques of ecological research to inspire a love of nature.  

The SRBO focuses on bird research in southern California.  It is dedicated to 
providing science-based educational programs, stimulating interest in birds and 
habitat conservation through scientific research.  It conducts monitoring 
programs that meet local bird conservation needs, and participates in larger 
efforts, like California Partners in Flight, and the Institute for Bird 
Population's nationwide Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) 

Starr Ranch Bird Observatory is now the sixth bird observatory in the state, 
and the only one in coastal southern California.  To learn more, to sign up for 
programs, or to volunteer, visit <http://www.starr-ranch.org> or contact Gail 
Hall, ghall@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:ghall@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Darryl Brown Joins Audubon as Vice President and Director of Development
Based in New York, Will Oversee that Location's Development Efforts

New York, NY, Monday, March 1, 2004 - The National Audubon Society has named 
Darryl C. Brown Vice President and Director of Development, it was announced 
today.  Brown, who has an impressive record as a development officer for top 
not-for-profits, reports directly to Chief Development Officer Judy Smith.  
Among his responsibilities, Brown will oversee the day-to-day operations of 
Audubon's New York development staff of nearly 50 professionals.  He begins his 
new duties immediately.

"I am very pleased to announce Darryl's arrival at Audubon," said Judy Smith.  
"We're excited to have someone with his experience and energy to head up our 
New York City team's efforts; we warmly welcome him to the Audubon family."

Brown began his career in philanthropy in 1978 when he joined the staff of the 
National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.  He has also served in key 
development positions at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York University's 
Stern School of Business, and the University of Oxford, and as a consultant.  
To read more, please visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/Darryl_Brown.html#TopOfPage> .

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