Youth scholarships available from WFO

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Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a youth scholarship for the WFO 2016 Conference to be held in Humboldt County, California from September 28th through October 2nd. The scholarship is open to youths between the ages of 12 and 22, with six scholarships for youths in Grades 6 through 12, and two scholarships for collegiate youths working towards a Bachelor’s degree. … Continue Reading


Press Release 2016-04-20

Today a coalition of Santa Barbara County organizations is announcing the formation of the Shelby Foothills Coalition (SFC). SFC is the product of a series of meetings to discuss community challenges engendered by the proposal to build 60 high-end houses on the Shelby property north of Cathedral Oaks Road near Glen Annie Golf Course. Development on this parcel, which is zoned for agriculture, is contrary to Goleta’s General Plan. … Continue Reading

El Tecolote April / May 2016

v54-5Santa Barbara Audubon’s April / May 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Read about what the Conservation Committee is up to. Cris Sandoval shares her views on dogs and the beach at COPR. An update on the Tree Swallow nest box project and news from Eyes In The Sky. Are you interested in the old SBAS Library? Look here. A recap of our 2nd annual Winter Bird Count for Kids is included along with recent field trip reports. And much much more.

Included in the print version is a copy of our new Guide to Bird Friendly Vegetation Trimming which you can download here:
Guide to Bird Friendly Vegetation Trimming

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.

Spring Brunch Fundraisers

This spring SBAS is having two fundraiser brunches, one in April and one in May.

The April brunch has been canceled.

The May brunch will be held at the Barrymores’ home located at the San Marcos Trout Club. You can read more about it and sign up for it via this event page.

So enjoy some good food, good company, and possibly even some good birds while helping to support Santa Barbara Audubon.

Our Busy Conservation Committee

by Cherie Topper

Have you ever wondered what our Conservation Committee is up to? You may be surprised to discover both the volume and the variety of our activities in the community on SBAS’s behalf. We are fortunate to have experts on this committee who are familiar with all aspects of conservation – botany and native plants, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Planning, Engineering, and, of course, Ornithology! In fact, you may be motivated to join this dynamic group of smart and dedicated volunteers who are making an impact on our community. … Continue Reading

The SBAS Tree Swallow Nest Box Project

Air BNB Audubon Style

By Steven Senesac


The Tree Swallow is a cavity nester that naturally nests in tree cavities (often made by woodpeckers). Human development frequently removes many trees and those that remain are often groomed in a way that minimizes dead branches (most appropriate for cavity nests). Such habitat disturbance is the likely reason why tree swallows dropped to the status of being an uncommon breeder around Santa Barbara and Ventura. … Continue Reading

Friday Bird Walks for April & May

Join Jack Sanford for some great birding and fun time on his Friday bird walks in April and May!

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 April-May:

Ennisbrook Nature Trail: Friday, April 8, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 pm

Tucker’s Grove and Kiwanis Meadows: Friday, April 22, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

UCSB Campus Lagoon: Friday, May 13, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

San Jose Creek – East: Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Community Habitat Restoration Workday, Saturday March 5th at Coal Oil Point Reserve, 9 AM to 12PM

Volunteers at previous workday

In support of the Dune Swale Pond Buffer Fire Recovery Project, Santa Barbara Audubon will host a volunteer restoration workday this Saturday, March 5th. We will meet on Venoco Road in Goleta at 9am (see red star on map), at the electronic metal gate, and carpool from there to the work site. … Continue Reading


Submitted by Steve Ferry

Residents of the Goleta Valley are alarmed by the recent, rapid, massive development that has occurred in their community. These huge developments are threatening the quality of life in the Good Land with traffic congestion, crowding, environmental degradation, and the loss of open space and bird habitat. Now, yet another developer wants to re-zone agricultural land, in direct violation of the City of Goleta’s General Plan, and force more houses into a parcel zoned for agriculture. Audubon members interested in preserving the integrity, health, and character of the Valley should express their opposition to the Shelby Project by contacting the Goleta City Council. … Continue Reading