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.

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

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

El Tecolote February / March 2016

v54-4Santa Barbara Audubon’s February / March 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Read about Christmas Bird Count results, and CBC Dinner. Find out about a members Green Big Year. There’s news of local interest and reports on our Premier Field trips. And as always, see what’s planned for programs, field trips and Friday bird walks for the next two months.

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

El Tecolote December / January 2016

v54-3Santa Barbara Audubon’s December / January 2016 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

The 116th Christmas Bird Count is around the corner, read about Santa Barbara’s Plans for the CBC. Read about the results and see photos of the October EITS Open House. Need some gift ideas? We have some to offer! And get ready for this January’s 2nd annual Winter Bird Count for Kids!

As always, see what’s planned for field trips, Friday bird walks and programs.

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

 

A special Thank You to
The Montecito Journal and Trent Watanabe
for the design and layout of ET!

El Tecolote October / November 2015

v54-2Santa Barbara Audubon’s October / November2015 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Read about the 3rd annual EITS Open House and find out what has been happening with the Board of Directors both at their annual retreat and with personnel changes. We are also introduced to our new Premier Birding trips!

As always, see what’s planned for field trips, Friday bird walks and programs.

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

 

A special Thank You to
The Montecito Journal and Trent Watanabe
for the design and layout of ET!

Summer Match!

YOU DID IT! WE MADE OUR MATCH!

Thanks to 30 donors, we raised — and topped — our $20,000 summer Match challenge for the endowment. The result is that the Santa Barbara Audubon Society endowment has nearly doubled, helping ensure our financial footing.

We are very grateful to two longtime Audubon friends who initiated the Match with a total donation of $20,000. And we are very grateful to all of you who helped us match it!

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

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!

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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