Coming up fast… Save the Dates for SBCo CBCs!

Video still from Christmas Bird Count told by Chan Robbins

Yes, that time of year is upon us when we need to plan for the end of year Christmas bird counts.

Check back here under the Activities menu / Christmas Bird Count to find out about this years county CBCs.

Some dates have already posted here.

And keep an eye out here for details on the catered dinner for Santa Barbara’s CBC dinner.

Premier Trip: Pt Mugu Naval Air Station


Friday, December 2, 2016, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Deadline To Register Nov. 4, 2016

Santa Barbara Audubon continues to offer a series of premier fundraising trips to special birding areas, led by experienced birders. Trips occur throughout the year. Proceeds support the chapter’s education and conservation activities in our community. Join us. You will broaden your birding experience, have fun, and contribute to SBAS at the same time.

This is the second two opportunities to visit Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station. The focus for December will be “Winter Waterfowl & More”.

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What a Hoot! Free Pop-Up Birding

Announcing a new opportunity
For Chapter Only Members of SBAS.
When surveyed,
our members clearly stated…
We wanted more birds!
Our Answer?
Pop-Up Birding!


So point you mouse to the “Activities” menu at the top of the page,
click, then select the menu item “Pop-Up Birding”

We hope you will join us. And thank you for your support!

Remember, just because you are a chapter only member,

it does not mean you shouldn’t be a national member.


El Tecolote September-November 2016

Santa Barbara Audubon’s September – November 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Note that in as effort to reduce effort and costs pertaining to El Tecolote, we will now be publishing quarterly.

In this issue read about the 4th annual EITS Open House and Fundraiser. Get updates on SBAS Board members. Find out about the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Survey. Get the latest on upcoming Programs, Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks and Premier Fundraiser trips.

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

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

Breeding Bird Study of Santa Barbara County

by Adrian O’Loghlen

[This is the full text article previewed in El Tecolote Vol. 55 No. 1 Sept. – Nov. 2016]

One of the most informative approaches for assessing how the rapid and extensive development of urban and rural lands affects local bird populations is to monitor the breeding activity of species that have historically bred in an area. Furthermore, collecting this type of information is important more generally because it is widely accepted that birds can be indicators and provide insights into the ‘health’ of habitats and ecosystems used by all local wildlife. … Continue Reading

Friday Bird Walks for the Fall of 2016

Join Jack Sanford for some great birding and fun time on his Friday bird walks this fall

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!

Coming this Fall

Toro Canyon Park: Friday, September 9, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Honda Valley Open Space: Friday, September 23, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Hidden Valley Park: Friday, October 14, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Rocky Nook Park: Friday, October 28, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Stevens Park: Friday, November 11, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Winchester Canyon: Friday, November 25, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Premier Trip: Oso Flaco Lake


Friday, November 4, 2016, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm (7:00 a.m. at Sears car pool location)

Santa Barbara Audubon offers PREMIER fundraising trips, led by experienced birders, to special birding areas. Trips are coordinated by Jeff Hanson & Peggy Kearns. Proceeds support the chapter’s education and conservation activities in our community. Join us! You will broaden your birding experience, have fun, and contribute to SBAS at the same time.

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