El Tecolote August / September 2015

v54-1Santa Barbara Audubon’s August/ September 2015 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Read about how we are doing and where we are going. See photos from our annual membership meeting and get an update on our activity during the oil spill.

And as always, see what’s planned for field trips and Friday bird walks. Our regular programs resume in September.

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

Thank you Montecito Journal for the design and layout of ET!

Friday Bird Walks for August & September

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

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 August – September:

Lake Los Carneros: Friday, August 14, 2015, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park: Friday, August 28, 2015, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Toro Canyon Park: Friday, September 11, 2015, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Honda Valley Open Space: Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Field Trip: Oso Flaco Lake


Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:00 am - 11:30 am (7:00 a.m. at NEW car pool location)

Just beyond the northern boundary of Santa Barbara County lies this rare and unique ecosystem. Join us on a leisurely 2 mile walk while we spot birds and enjoy the beauty of this area.

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Steve Ferry Retires from SBAS Board

Reluctantly, we say “goodbye” to Steve Ferry, stepping down as co-president of Santa Barbara Audubon after two years. His “Farewell” on June 20 celebrated 12 years on the Santa Barbara Audubon Board, chairmanship of our Membership and Conservation committees, and six years on the California Audubon Board. Donations from friends purchased a stunning pastel of Coal Oil Point by local Oak Group artist Ann Sanders, presented to Steve with heartfelt admiration and appreciation at the Membership Get-Together.

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El Tecolote June / July 2015

v53-6Santa Barbara Audubon’s June / July 2015 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Included in this issue is a Recap of this year’s Birdathon, information about our upcoming Annual Membership Picnic, our 2015 Science Fair Winner, and other bits of news about our chapter.

And as always, see what’s planned for field trips and Friday bird walks. No programs scheduled during the summer.

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

Thank you Montecito Journal for the design and layout of ET!


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


Cal Spill Watch -Get the latest CDFW information here