American western scrub-jay split into two species

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Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii) Sitting on a Branch – Colorado – April 29, 2016

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Farewell, Western Scrub-Jay!

We have an important update for you those of you living in the Western Scrub-Jay’s range: this species was recently split into two distinct species. Perhaps you have noticed differences between the “coastal” form (now the California Scrub-Jay) and the “interior” form (now Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay); the California Scrub-Jay is darker and described as having a bold personality, while the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay is paler, has a thinner bill, and tends to be more shy and inconspicuous.

The American Ornithologists’ Union has been considering this split for several years. The split became official after genetic research demonstrated that the two species rarely interbreed where they come into contact with each other in western Nevada. In most of California, and all of Oregon and Washington, you will be reporting California Scrub-Jays from now on. If you live in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, or Texas, then Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays are the scrub-jays you’re seeing.

What do you need to do?

In most cases, nothing. As always, NestWatch will only show you geographically-relevant species when you are entering your nests, so unless you live in the small range of overlap in western Nevada, your species menu will highlight the appropriate choice. We will soon be updating historical nest records to reflect this change, so you do not need to edit previous records. We could really use photos of both species’ nests and eggs, so we’re asking everyone with photos to please share them with us.

Birds nesting in California, new research

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26 May 2013

This film is condensed from about a three hour fledging experience of Western Bluebirds being coaxed from their nest box. Both parents are seen feeding the nestlings but in between the feedings they perch nearby, sometimes with food and sometimes not, and try to coax the nestlings to leave the safety of the only home they know. You will hear the parents call to the nestlings and see they nestlings chirping back. You will also hear many other bird species in the background including Ash-throated Flycatcher, California Quail, Mourning Dove and Acorn Woodpecker.

There were also Violet-green Swallows checking out the nest cavity before the first nestling ever fledged. Once it leaves the nest, you will see the young bluebird perching for the first time in a nearby oak tree, the second nestling soon to follow. I watched three of the five nestlings fledge but had to leave before the last two left the nest box.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Nest Box Occupancy Indicates Good Habitat Quality in California

The state motto of California is “Eureka! I have found it!” Perhaps that’s what a Western Bluebird thinks when it finds that perfect nest box in a good habitat. New research from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, conducted in California’s oak woodlands, reveals that five species of cavity-nesting birds—Western Bluebird, House Wren, Oak Titmouse, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Violet-green Swallow—divvy up the nesting habitat according to their specific vegetation preferences and, in the process, improve nesting success.

The researchers found that nest box occupancy rates were a good indicator of nesting success, which has management implications for the declining Oak Titmouse population. This work furthers our understanding of habitat preferences and the role that humans can play in the distribution of nest boxes. Read a brief summary of the research here.

Sanders, Clinton, elections, a young Californian woman’s view

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California Primary Results + 3 Million Ballots Left to be Counted

9 June 2016

Hi, I’m Tiffany! Welcome to Socially Unacceptable. Today I’m discussing my voting experience in the CA primary, the results, and the millions of ballots that have not been counted yet.

This 10 June 2016 video from the USA is called As California Admits 2 Million Ballots Remain Uncounted, Sanders Pushes for Changing Primary Process.

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10 June 2016

Hi, I’m Tiffany! Welcome to Socially Unacceptable. Today I’m discussing why I cannot celebrate Hillary Clinton as the *presumptive* first female nominee of a major political party.

Hillary Clinton signed off on drone assassinations, emails reveal: here.

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10 June 2016

Pretty much everyone is wondering if Bernie Sanders will stay in the race until the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. A recent poll indicates that many people want him to. John Iadarola host of ThinkTank breaks it down.

Bernie Sanders rallies in California, USA

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Bernie Sanders LIVE from Palo Alto, CAA Future to Believe in Rally – #CaliBERNication

1 June 2016

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SIMPLY AMAZING: Bernie Sanders MASSIVE Rally 30,000 + in Oakland, California (5-30-16) FULL SPEECH

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Bernie Sanders Davis California Rally FULL SPEECH (6-1-2016)

As her poll numbers decline, Clinton appeals to military in San Diego speech. By E.P. Bannon and Eric London, 4 June 2016. In a speech delivered Thursday in San Diego, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton advertised herself as the most able representative of US imperialism and a career-long, consistent supporter of the American war machine: here.

Bernie or bust

On this sign, the bird pictured refers to the female housefinch at the Sanders Portland, Oregon meeting.

Jamar Clark’s life, other black lives, do they matter?

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“The System Is Set Up to Protect Officers“: Activists React to Lack of Charges in Jamar Clark Case

2 June 2016

Federal prosecutors in Minnesota announced Wednesday that no charges will be filed against the two police officers involved in the shooting death last fall of Jamar Clark, an unarmed 24-year-old African American. Clark was shot in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. However, multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed.

Clark’s death sparked a series of protests in Minneapolis, including a weeks-long occupation outside the 4th Police Precinct and a protest during which white supremacists opened fire on a group of Black Lives Matter activists. We speak with Lena K. Gardner, co-founder and organizer of the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter. “There’s a very specific interpretation of events that happened in order to protect the officers,” Gardner says. “I believe that the system is set up to protect officers, to ensure that their version of events is given more credibility.”

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Black Lives Matter Activist Convicted of Felony Lynching: “It’s More Than Ironic, It’s Disgusting”

2 June 2016

In Pasadena, California, Black Lives Matter organizer Jasmine Richards is facing four years in state prison after she was convicted of a rarely used statute in California law originally known as “felony lynching.” Under California’s penal code, “felony lynching” was defined as attempting to take a person out of police custody.

Jasmine was arrested and charged with felony lynching last September, after police accused her of trying to de-arrest someone during a peace march at La Pintoresca Park in Pasadena on August 29, 2015. The arrest and jailing of a young black female activist on charges of felony lynching sparked a firestorm of controversy.

Historically, the crime of lynching refers to when a white lynch mob takes a black person out of the custody of the police for the purpose of extrajudicially hanging them. In fact, the law’s name was so controversial that less than two months before Jasmine was arrested, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation removing the word “lynching” from the penal code.

We speak with Richards’ lawyer, Nana Gyamfi, and Black Lives Matter organizer Melina Abdullah. “Her conviction is not only about punishing Jasmine Richards, but also is the lynching,” Abdullah says. “So it’s really disgusting and ironic that she’s charged and convicted with felony lynching, when the real lynching that’s carried out is done in the same way it was carried out in the late 19th, early 20th century, where it’s supposed to punish those who’ve dared to rise up against a system.”

Remembering Harvey Milk in California, USA

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Remembering Harvey Milk

22 May 2016

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay individual elected to public office in California. On May 22, he is remembered for his work, especially in California’s public schools.