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California’s independent Coastal Commission has been an amazing success for 40 years. In all that time the Coastal Commission has done an admirable job of limiting development on our state’s remaining pristine coastline and beaches.

Now this work may be threatened:

From February 10th through 12th, the California Coastal Commission is meeting in Morro Bay.  A critical topic of this meeting is Agenda Item 8: “Consideration of the Dismissal of the Executive Director”.  Dr. Charles Lester is the subject of Item 8, and Audubon California’s concern is that Dr. Lester’s dismissal would have adverse consequences for birds such as the threatened Snowy Plover.

Please give the birds a voice! Click HERE to send an email to Governor Brown, requesting that Dr. Charles Lester remain on the Coastal Commission!

If you would like to know more about this meeting, and see the comments that the commission has received as of Jan. 29th, please go to

El Tecolote February / March 2016

v54-4Santa Barbara Audubon’s February / March 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Read about Christmas Bird Count results, and CBC Dinner. Find out about a members Green Big Year. There’s news of local interest and reports on our Premier Field trips. And as always, see what’s planned for programs, field trips and Friday bird walks for the next two months.

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.

Friday Bird Walks for February & March

Join Jack Sanford for some great birding and fun time on his Friday bird walks in December & January!

FBW-JackEvery 2nd and 4th Friday (usually) Jack hosts a casual and fun two hour walk at one of the south coast’s birding hot spots.  For beginners, this is a great opportunity to see the birds and find out where to bird. For the more experienced birder, here is you chance to share your knowledge and skills. Everyone is welcome. Cost is FREE!

Up next in February & March:

Lake Los Carneros: Friday, February 19, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

San Jose Creek West: Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Ocean Meadows Golf Course: Friday, March 11, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Elings Park: Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

2015 CBC Dinner

Enchaladas Word ArtEnchaladas PlateJoin us for the second annual catered Christmas Bird Count dinner on Saturday, January 2, at 6 p.m., Fleischmann Auditorium, SB Museum of Natural History. This year dinner will be provided by the popular Del Pueblo Cafe, and the menu includes chicken enchiladas verde, cheese enchiladas rojas, salad, rice, beans, chips, and salsa.

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El Tecolote December / January 2016

v54-3Santa Barbara Audubon’s December / January 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

The 116th Christmas Bird Count is around the corner, read about Santa Barbara’s Plans for the CBC. Read about the results and see photos of the October EITS Open House. Need some gift ideas? We have some to offer! And get ready for this January’s 2nd annual Winter Bird Count for Kids!

As always, see what’s planned for field trips, Friday bird walks and programs.

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.


A special Thank You to
The Montecito Journal and Trent Watanabe
for the design and layout of ET!

Field Trip: Hollister Ranch


Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hollister Ranch is a large privately held area of ranchetts north of Gaviota on the coast and into the foot hills. This pristine coastal area is not something to miss. Seize the day and and see for your self the wonders this area holds.

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