In Honor of Jan Hamber

This year’s Eyes In The Sky open house also held a festive brunch at which Santa Barbara Audubon honored Jan Hamber, a founding member of SBAS and a long time advocate of the California Condor. Several speeches highlighting Jan’s many contributions preceded the special showing of Jeff McLoughlin’s video segment from “The Condor’s Shadow”. … Continue Reading

El Tecolote December-February 2017

v55-2Santa Barbara Audubon’s December – January 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • Recap of the EITS Open House
  • Jan Hamber
  • EITS News
  • Upcoming programs, Field Trips and Friday Bird Walks.

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

The full article on the Salton Sea can be downloaded HERE.


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

Friday Bird Walks for the winter of 2017

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

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:

Santa Barbara Harbor: Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Arroyo Burro School Open Space: Friday, December 23, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Coronado Drive and Devereux Creek: Friday, January 27, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Lake Los Carneros: Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

San Jose Creek West: Friday, February 24, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Save the Coronado Seep! Follow up

coronadodrip-car-washMany thanks to the numerous birders who turned out at a City of Goleta hearing on November 9. They advocated for changes to the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project in order to save the Coronado Seep. SBAS representatives urged the City to select the more environmentally-friendly Alternative 2, as well as address its other impacts (click here to view this, and other points).

Now you can help by sending a written message to the City.

An easy Tedmplate letter is here.


Letters must be sent to Joe Pearson, City Planner, at
no later than 5:00 PM Monday, November 21st.

If you have questions or would like to help the Conservation Committee on this project,
please email or call (805) 964-1468.

Send in your words for the birds!

Save the Coronado Seep!

Testify on Wednesday, November 9th,
5:30PM in Goleta City Council Chambers!



The City of Goleta has released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project. The proposed fire road would be built on top of the bank of Devereux Creek, near the Coronado seep, one of the premiere birding hotspots on the South Coast. Devereux Creek in the Ellwood area of Goleta is an important corridor for migratory and breeding birds and is adjacent to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. The proposed project would remove trees and violate the creekside buffer zones that are mandated by Goleta’s General Plan. … Continue Reading

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.

All 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 Extended to Nov. 9, 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.