A major thrust of our chapter is habitat preservation and restoration. Guided by Santa Barbara Audubon’s mission, the Conservation Committee plans, organizes and acts upon identified local issues.

The Conservation and Science Committees meet jointly on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the SBAS office.

The Chairperson position for the Conservation Committee is currently OPEN. If you are interested in this position please email to conservation@SantaBarbaraAudubon.org.

SBAS Endorses Measure P

The SBAS Board, at its retreat on July 26, voted to endorse Santa Barbara County Measure P, the anti-fracking initiative that will appear on the November ballot.  The initiative would ban fracking and other forms of oil well stimulation methods in Santa Barbara County.  The SBAS Board voted that these extraction techniques are too dangerous to humans and the environment.  … Continue Reading

Birding Hot Spot Identification Project

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The purpose of this project of the SBAS Conservation Science Committee is to identify local birding “hot spots” based on our citizen-science research and collective observation data and through a letter-writing campaign to the county and cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, to notify and educate the applicable agencies of our concerns and advocacy for the birds and their habitats.

 

 

 

Creek Setbacks in Goleta

The SBAS Conservation and Science Committee has been monitoring several proposed development projects in Goleta, particularly those projects that are in proximity to creeks and other natural resources that are wildlife habitats and migration corridors. We have reviewed environmental impact reports (EIR), sent comment letters to the City of Goleta recommending mitigation strategies, identifying critical habitats and omissions or errors in reports of biological data, and attending meetings and hearings with developers, City agencies and other environmental advocacy organizations in Santa Barbara and Goleta.

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2014 Santa Barbara County Science Fair Winner of the Audubon Award

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The 2014 Santa Barbara County Science Fair was held in March, and one of the judges was Richard Figueroa, SBAS Science Chair who had the honor of presenting the Santa Barbara Audubon Award to this year’s winner, Righetti High School senior, Danny Luu. Danny’s project: “The Effects of Runoff on Salvia Leucantha and Hummingbird Interactions” also won a gold medal and the Best in Fair award. Danny Luu was invited to present his winning science fair project at the April SBAS program, a presentation of Jeff McLoughlin’s film: The Condor’s Shadow held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The Santa Barbara Audubon Award is named in honor of founding SBAS member, Joy Parkinson.

Tricolored Blackbird California Survey 2014

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Male tricolored blackbird – Photo by Bom Meese

Richard Figueroa, SBAS Science Chair, has been recruiting and coordinating volunteers to monitor and collect survey data for tricolored blackbirds to document their decline in numbers. Our volunteers have surveyed sites in Santa Ynez and Cuyama. The conservation of the species has received increased attention due to the petition to list the species under the protections of the federal and state of California Endangered Species Acts. … Continue Reading

Tree Swallow Monitoring

TreeSwallow 2009-2Jeff Simeon conducted a tree-swallow monitoring training session Saturday, April 5 at Coal Oil Point Reserve for volunteers and interns to learn how to champion this project by scheduling regular monitoring dates, replacing broken nesting boxes, rusty mounting poles and hardware, and cleaning the boxes for the spring nesting season.

White-Tailed Kite Monitoring

Two squabbling juvenile White-tailed Kites. Photo by David Levasheff.
Two squabbling juvenile White-tailed Kites. Photo by David Levasheff.

In April 2014, white-tailed kite volunteers and interns were treated to several kite-sightings on a field trip to Ellwood, Lake Los Carneros and More Mesa. Two nesting sites were spotted and five pairs of kites.

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

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.