CVAS is committed to helping promote the conservation of our natural habitats. In this section, you’ll find tips and tricks from our Conservation Chair on how to reduce your impact on the environment, utilize native plants, and attract more of our avian friends to your environmentally friendly yard.
Our latest newsletter articles about conservation:
- What Can I Do?Every day we read about the state of this Planet, our Island Home, and what we are doing to bring Mother Nature to her knees. It’s not easy to stay positive when we learn that three billion birds have been lost since 1970, that climate change is threatening the polar bears of the Arctic regions, and that the humans of these same areas are seeing their lives and livelihoods threatened almost to the point of[…]
- Monarchs and MilkweedOne of the most iconic butterflies from my childhood is the Monarch Butterfly. It’s beautiful pattern of orange, white and black is recognizable to anyone who has spent time out of doors. There may come a time, however, when it will not be so easy to see. The numbers of monarch butterflies has fallen by 90% from its numbers in 1992. The milkweed plant population, indispensable to the monarch, is also down 90%. Milkweed plants[…]
- Status of the MBTA, and Other Conservation NewsIn December it looked like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) might actually survive the past administration intact. Such was not the case, unfortunately. To quote natlawreview.com: “On 7 January 2021, the Trump administration finalized a new rule that limits the scope of the MBTA. Under the new rule (which President Biden has already directed the Department of the Interior to review), the Fish and Wildlife Service has declared that the MBTA covers only intentional,[…]
- LOOKING FORWARD HOPEFULLY TO A NEW YEARI’m sitting at my computer on the last day of a year that defies description. I will be glad to see it end. Good things have happened this year, though; it just seems harder to remember them sometimes. In 2020 the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA passed in 1919) was in jeopardy as the federal government proposed changes that would effectively gut this 100+ year old law. In response the National Audubon Society, National Wildlife[…]
- Why Does It Matter to Care About Birds?This is the time of year when Conejo Valley Audubon is putting the finishing touches to its Lawn to Habitat program; a program that has flourished for the last seven years thanks in large measure to people in the community who want to make a difference in the natural world. Why is such a program so important? To quote the Handbook of Bird Biology from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “Every piece of outdoor space,[…]