SBAS Leadership letter on the Refugio Oil Spill

Update 5/25/2015 –

Please be advised that the most current and up to date information regarding the oil spill and especially its impacts to COPR and the Snowy Plover nesting site are available on our Facebook page. Click the Facebook icon at the top of any page on our site.

 

Below is an update letter to our membership on the Refugio oil spill from the leadership of SBAS.

 

Audubon has received word from Cris Sandoval, Director of Coal Oil Point Reserve, that the Refugio oil spill is starting to affect COPR.  COPR could use help from Audubon volunteers to deal with this situation for the next few days.

This is the peak of the Snowy Plover breeding season.  There are nests and chicks on the beach.  To reduce the impact of the spill on the plovers, COPR would like volunteers to act as extra docents on the beach.   Volunteers will help COPR by directing people away from areas where they might disturb nests and chicks.  If volunteers find oiled birds they can help by calling the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 877.823.6926.
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Oil Spill on Coast Near Refugio State Beach

There has been an oil pipeline rupture near Refugio State Beach today. You can read about it at:

Noozhawk at this link: http://www.noozhawk.com/article/oil_spill_reported_on_coast_near_refugio

Edhat: http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=153152

Santa Barbara Independent: http://www.independent.com/news/2015/may/19/big-oil-spill-along-refugio-coast/

Update 5/20/13

Read more from the Environmental Defense Center

Want to help? See Noozhawk’s How to help page.

Stay up to date at

the Noozhawk main page

the Edhat main page

and the Independents main page

Also

Cal Spill Watch -Get the latest CDFW information here

 

Friday Bird Walks for June & July

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

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 June-July:

La Casa de Maria: Friday, June 12, 2015, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Tabano Hollow Open Space: Friday, June 26, 2015, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Atascadero Creek: Friday, July 10, 2015, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Farren Road: Friday, July 24, 2015, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

El Tecolote April / May 2015

v53-5Santa Barbara Audubon’s April/May 2015 issue of El Tecolote is now available. A special thank you to the folks at Montecito Journal for volunteering to do the design and layout of ET!

Read the latest on our 3rd Annual Birdathon. Learn about EITS Training Workshop. Also see photos and read the wrap up of our 1st and very successful Winter Bird Count 4 Kids!

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

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