Nature Conservancy Buys the legendary Bixby Ranch

News is out today that the Nature Conservancy has purchased the old Bixby Ranch at Point Conception. I can attest to this location’s beauty as I was able to spend a little time there with my brother when he was a guard for the ranch back sometime around 1970.

You can read the particulars about this acquisition at the following links:

and a little history:

Thomas Fire effects on SBAS Activities

Due to foul air and the fact that Cal Fire is using Cachuma as a staging area, this field trip has been canceled.


The Carpinteria Christmas Bird count has also been moved to
January 5th, 2018


The Santa Barbara CBC Dinner Ticket deadline is now:
Thursday December 28th at 6:00 pm

El Tecolote December 2017 – February 2018

Santa Barbara Audubon’s December – February 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The upcoming Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
  • The CBC Dinner!
  • Meet our new SBAS Treasurer
  • The fun we had at the Goleta Sanitary District open house
  • The fall Brown Pelican Survey
  • Snowy Plovers at the Santa Barbara Zoo
  • News from Eyes In The Sky
  • Upcoming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks, and programs

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

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe for the layout of El Tecolote

Friday Bird Walks for the winter of 2018

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

Jack Sanford

Every 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 8, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Arroyo Burro School Open Space: Friday, December 22, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Coronado Drive and Devereux Creek: Friday, January 26, 2018, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Lake Los Carneros: Friday, February 9, 2018, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

San Jose Creek West: Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:30 am - 10:30 am