El Tecolote June – August 2017

v55-4Santa Barbara Audubon’s June – August 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • End of the year news, Board Volunteer opportunities
  • Our 2017 Joy Parkinson Award / Science Fair winner
  • The latest Brown Pelican Survey
  • Tribute to Karen Bridgers
  • White-tailed Kite progress report
  • SBAS Conservation committee update
  • Eyes In The Sky news
  • Our Photo Contest with Goleta Sanitary District
  • Upcoming Field Trips and Friday Bird Walks (No Summer Programs)

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A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

El Tecolote March – May 2017

Santa Barbara Audubon’s March – May 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The outcome of the Santa Barbara CBC
  • January’s WBC4K
  • After school bird trips for Salvation Army kids
  • EITS News
  • Upcoming programs, Field Trips and Friday Bird Walks.

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A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

North Campus Open Space: 2017 Trail Closures

Work on the North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course) is planned to begin in early 2017 with some tree removal in January. In early to mid-February, grading will get underway and fences will go up around the majority of the site, closing access to trails. Based upon the current schedule, UCSB anticipates that the trails will re-open in early January 2018. For more details, please check this North Campus Open Space Planning link.

El Tecolote December-February 2017

v55-2Santa Barbara Audubon’s December – January 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • THE 117TH AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
  • Recap of the EITS Open House
  • Jan Hamber
  • EITS News
  • Upcoming programs, Field Trips and Friday Bird Walks.

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The full article on the Salton Sea can be downloaded HERE.

 

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

El Tecolote September-November 2016

Santa Barbara Audubon’s September – November 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Note that in as effort to reduce effort and costs pertaining to El Tecolote, we will now be publishing quarterly.

In this issue read about the 4th annual EITS Open House and Fundraiser. Get updates on SBAS Board members. Find out about the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Survey. Get the latest on upcoming Programs, Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks and Premier Fundraiser trips.

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A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

Breeding Bird Study of Santa Barbara County

by Adrian O’Loghlen

[This is the full text article previewed in El Tecolote Vol. 55 No. 1 Sept. – Nov. 2016]

One of the most informative approaches for assessing how the rapid and extensive development of urban and rural lands affects local bird populations is to monitor the breeding activity of species that have historically bred in an area. Furthermore, collecting this type of information is important more generally because it is widely accepted that birds can be indicators and provide insights into the ‘health’ of habitats and ecosystems used by all local wildlife. … Continue Reading

El Tecolote June / July 2016

v54-6v54-6Santa Barbara Audubon’s June / July 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Included in this issue is a tribute to Julie Kummel as she steps down from the Board. Read about our 2016 Joy Parkinson Science Fair recipient, news from Eyes In The Sky and our first outdoor education series with the Police Activities League. Meet Scott Cooper our new Conservation Committee co-chair, and much more.

Get information on the Annual Meeting and Get-Together on Saturday June 18th.

Get details of California Pizza Kitchen’s benefit for SBAS on June 28th.

And as always, see what’s planned, field trips and Friday bird walks for the next two months. There are no programs for the summer.

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A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

Youth scholarships available from WFO

Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a youth scholarship for the WFO 2016 Conference to be held in Humboldt County, California from September 28th through October 2nd. The scholarship is open to youths between the ages of 12 and 22, with six scholarships for youths in Grades 6 through 12, and two scholarships for collegiate youths working towards a Bachelor’s degree. … Continue Reading

El Tecolote April / May 2016

v54-5Santa Barbara Audubon’s April / May 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Read about what the Conservation Committee is up to. Cris Sandoval shares her views on dogs and the beach at COPR. An update on the Tree Swallow nest box project and news from Eyes In The Sky. Are you interested in the old SBAS Library? Look here. A recap of our 2nd annual Winter Bird Count for Kids is included along with recent field trip reports. And much much more.

Included in the print version is a copy of our new Guide to Bird Friendly Vegetation Trimming which you can download here:
Guide to Bird Friendly Vegetation Trimming

And as always, see what’s planned for programs, field trips and Friday bird walks for the next two months.

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Our Busy Conservation Committee

by Cherie Topper

Have you ever wondered what our Conservation Committee is up to? You may be surprised to discover both the volume and the variety of our activities in the community on SBAS’s behalf. We are fortunate to have experts on this committee who are familiar with all aspects of conservation – botany and native plants, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Planning, Engineering, and, of course, Ornithology! In fact, you may be motivated to join this dynamic group of smart and dedicated volunteers who are making an impact on our community. … Continue Reading

The SBAS Tree Swallow Nest Box Project

Air BNB Audubon Style

By Steven Senesac

Introduction

The Tree Swallow is a cavity nester that naturally nests in tree cavities (often made by woodpeckers). Human development frequently removes many trees and those that remain are often groomed in a way that minimizes dead branches (most appropriate for cavity nests). Such habitat disturbance is the likely reason why tree swallows dropped to the status of being an uncommon breeder around Santa Barbara and Ventura. … Continue Reading