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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: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/25/EDG3B56O7I1.DTLAudubon 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 Centre in Debs Park. For more information, visit: http://www.audubon.orgChicken 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 savour 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@cox.net 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: http://www.audubon.orgNew 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) 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) program.

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@audubon.org 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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