SBAS Volunteer Habitat Restoration Workday at Coal Oil Point Reserve Saturday April 12th

This Saturday April 12th Santa Barbara Audubon will be hosting a volunteer workday from 9 to 12 at Coal Oil Point Reserve helping to restore native flora and improve bird habitat.

We will meet at 9 AM at the black gate on Venoco Road off of Storke Road.

  • If you are coming from Highway 101 take the Glen Annie/ Storke Rd Exit.  Travel south on Storke Rd (towards the ocean).  After you pass Phelps Rd and the construction site, look for a driveway on the right past the construction fencing.
  • If coming from Isla Vista/UCSB make a right at the intersection of El Colegio and Storke Rd and take your first left hand turn into the driveway just before the construction fencing.

Remember to wear sturdy shoes and bring a hat or wear sunscreen.  We will provide work gloves, tools, drinking water and snacks.

If you have questions or get lost call or email Aaron Kreisberg at 714-552-8392 or akberg90@gmail.com.

EMERGENCY: Donations needed to save a huge Tricolored Blackbird colony

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California Audubon is running a $5 dollars / 5 Birds campaign to protect rare Tricolored Blackbirds and the heat just got turned up.

TOMORROW a wheat field housing a huge colony of birds will be harvested destroying a colony unless we raise $40,000!

Please consider donating at California Audubon’s website (click here to donate)

This drought has been hard on everyone, the birds included. And it’s about to get harder, unless we raise the funds to protect so colony with approximately 50,000 of the state’s Tri-colored blackbirds.

2014 Birdathon Registration Starts April 1 at 8:00 am

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Overview of 2014 Birdathon (April 26 – May 4)

SBAS is having its second annual Birdathon – a major fundraiser for our chapter!

There are variety of ways to participate: 7 field trips led by expert birders, a special evening event and lecture at CCBER, counting species with your team or on your own and the wrap-up picnic on the last day to hear everyone’s results.  See the links below for more information on all the events.

Online registration is at: http://birdathon2014.eventbrite.com and we hope to see you there! Registration starts at 8 am on Tuesday, April 1, but you can check the events out in advance to see which you’d most like to do.  (Note that the Eventbrite field trip detailed descriptions don’t appear to work on some mobile devices!)

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Birdathon Count Teams — Getting Started

The Birdathon is not just about guided field trips — it’s about birding and fund raising for our chapter.  If an organized trip is not for you, put together your own team or go out by yourself and see what you can see! Compete with your friends to see how many species you can find!

Last year our many count participants came up with a wide range of activities.  Matt Victoria and Sheri Lubin had quite an adventure on their “Big Day” and saw over 170 species!  Team Tipsy Chicks, led by Liz Muraoka, raised over $700 for Santa Barbara Audubon during Birdathon week.  Altogether we saw 202 species, raised over $7,000 for Santa Barbara Audubon, and had a lot of fun doing it!
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El Tecolote Apr / May 2014

v52-5Santa Barbara Audubon’s April/May 2014 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Read about our up coming 2nd annual Birdathon and how to sign up for field trips. See what’s planned for programs, field trips and Friday bird walks.

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