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Redbud Audubon Society Receives Audubon Action Grant of 13,000

A Western Grebe on Clear Lake

The Redbud Audubon Society is pleased to announce that it has received a $13,000 grant from the National Audubon Society’s “Audubon in Action” program. The grant will be used to purchase drone equipment, pay for permitting and license fees for the drone, and fund participation from local high schools (Upper Lake and Lower Lake) and the Robinson Rancheria. Funds from the grant will also pay for manuscript preparation and other equipment.

The drone will monitor Western and Clarks Grebe nesting colonies in different areas of Clear Lake. The Redbud Audubon Society spearheaded a program for almost 10 years of monitoring colonies, which resulted in a research paper written by biologist Dr. Floyd Hayes of Pacific Union College. The current grant will enable Redbud Audubon to continue tracking the activities of the local nesting colonies prevalent around Clear Lake.

Western and Clarks Grebes are an iconic species of Clear Lake. They are fascinating birds with entrancing mating habits, like “rushing” across the water in pairs, bobbing their heads, and offering water weeds to their prospective mates. After the babies are hatched they climb on their parent’s backs and head out into the water of Clear Lakes to bring delight to those lucky enough to see them.

The Redbud Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization in Lake County. It was founded in 1976 by a group of citizens here who appreciated the abundant bird life both on Clear Lake but in all areas of the county.

The society holds monthly Zoom program meetings from September through April and also hosts monthly field trips during that time. The society’s website is www.redbudaudubon.org. New members and volunteers are always welcome.

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