These events include Earth Day, our Annual Picnic and other events that happen less frequently.

SBAS Makes a Splash at the GSD Open House

The Goleta Sanitary District (GSD) plant site is a well known and documented birding hotspot. Records go back to 1975, and currently sit at over 160 species. Management and staff have been very kind to the birding community over all these years, including opening the facility for us to conduct our Christmas Bird Counts. When the subject of their annual Open House with its Jurassic Park theme came up, it seemed natural and logical for us to partner and support them and conduct a photo contest as well.

So on a perfect day, Saturday the 23rd of September, David and Janice Levasheff, Jessica Alstatt, Jayne Wamsley and myself put together an impressive booth: Three canopies, five tables, display boards, museum specimens and lots of literature created a very attractive, accommodating and informative environment for approximately 1,100 members of the the public attending the event.

The winning photos were displayed at our booth, and can be viewed in the GSD offices when you go and sign in to bird. Winners are: Dave Furseth of Marietta California, and locals Betsy Mooney, Bradley Hacker, Glenn Kincaid, and Mark Holmgren.


At 10 AM, the stars of our booth showed up: Kisa the Peregrine Falcon with Chris Mersey, and Puku, our Western Screech-Owl, with Debbie Loranjo. They engaged with the public for two hours. Kisa dazzled with her majestic boldness while Puku just stole people’s hearts with her cuteness.


Jayne set up an amazing “I’ve Got a Bone to Pick” game for kids, created by this summer’s Teen Program at the Museum of Natural History. Since it involved the link between dinosaurs and birds, this game was a nice tie-in to the Open House theme.


EITS information boards set out on the lawn provided a lot of great information about our programs. Jessica Altstatt provided information on bird species seen at the GSD.


Our President Dolores Pollock and Executive Director Cherie Topper arrived midday to relieve the crew and mix it up with the public. Everyone in the booth made many great connections, including meeting the board members of the GSD.

At 1PM Ivan the Red-tailed Hawk was brought in by Griselda Velasquez, and Athena the Barn Owl was brought by Debbie Loranjo, her second shift. Again, the birds really pulled in the public and initiated a lot of great conversations about nature and wildlife.

At 3PM the crew started taking things down with the help of Kathleen Boehm, and before we knew it, we were done. A good time was had by all.

I believe we made a lasting positive impact on GSD management and crew as well as the thousand or so members of the public.

Board Note: Many thanks to Jeff Hanson for heading up this effort, and to our EITS bird handlers for taking the time to brave the wind, heat, and parking challenges!

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

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.


Pizza With A Purpose

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Here is your chance to feel doubly good after a yummy meal at the California Pizza Kitchen. And it’s not just Pizza they serve. Small plates, soups, salads, flatbreads, appetizers, pastas, sandwiches, fish, meat, vegetarian and gluten-free are all on their menu.

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Spring Brunch Fundraisers

This spring SBAS is having two fundraiser brunches, one in April and one in May.

The April brunch has been canceled.

The May brunch will be held at the Barrymores’ home located at the San Marcos Trout Club. You can read more about it and sign up for it via this event page.

So enjoy some good food, good company, and possibly even some good birds while helping to support Santa Barbara Audubon.

Community Habitat Restoration Workday, Saturday March 5th at Coal Oil Point Reserve, 9 AM to 12PM

In support of the Dune Swale Pond Buffer Fire Recovery Project, Santa Barbara Audubon will host a volunteer restoration workday this Saturday, March 5th. We will meet on Venoco Road in Goleta at 9am (see red star on map), at the electronic metal gate, and carpool from there to the work site. … Continue Reading