March 26, 2014 – Marshall, CA– Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced today its Director of Conservation Science, John P. Kelly, Ph.D, was a contributing author to the recently published Coastal California Waterbird Conservation Plan, written by Dave Shuford of Point Blue Conservation Science.

This new plan, which covers the U.S. portion of Bird Conservation Region (BCR) 32, encompasses the coastal slope and Coast Ranges of central and southern California and the Central Valley. It complements the group of North American Bird Conservation plans that are used by planners, conservationists and government agencies to guide policy development, habitat management, restoration efforts, and conservation and research funding.  

“We are pleased that information generated by ACR’s scientific research on herons, egrets, and other waterbirds has helped to strengthen this new waterbird plan,” said Scott Feierabend, executive director, Audubon Canyon Ranch. “John Kelly’s contributions to this plan highlight ACR’s continued commitment to conservation science, especially with regard to addressing important local and regional conservation threats.”

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About Audubon Canyon Ranch

For more than 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science.

ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. Follow ACR on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. Tag photos in our preserves with #ACR and #AudubonCanyon. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email [email protected] or visit