Santa Barbara Audubon Society has many hands on projects you can participate in to directly help birds in need.
White-tailed Kite Monitoring
Tree Swallow Nest Box Monitoring
Eyes in the Sky Educational Program
Habitat Restoration

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

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.

Why I Volunteer at “Eyes In The Sky”

Jeff-Hanson
Jeff Hanson

A post on last year’s SB Birding listserv caught my eye: “Eyes In The Sky’s” Director, Gabriele Drozdowski was asking for volunteer birders to open up the shutters of the newly-built aviary in the morning, to let the birds greet the day – and to also interpret the birds to Museum visitors in the mornings. The aviary is located in the museum’s “Back Yard”, an oak woodland behind McVeigh House, where a variety of wild birds also live.

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SB Independent: Eyes on Gabriele

Santa Barbara Audubon Society is very pleased that The Santa Barbara Independent chose Gabriele Drozdowski as one of its local heroes. If there’s anyone who deserves it, it’s Gabriele! She has worked tirelessly to make Audubon’s Eyes in the Sky (EITS) program the success that it is. Audubon is proud to have raised the money, through extensive efforts of its board and members, to build the aviary for the EITS raptors at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

White-tailed Kite Monitoring 2013

Juvenile White-tailed Kite. Photo by David Levasheff
Juvenile White-tailed Kite. Photo by David Levasheff

By Anna Hilliard

Two years ago, an El Tecolote article posed the question: “What might it take to create a formalized local monitoring program for the white-tailed kite?” This September, with the help of dedicated observers and coordinators, the White-tailed Kite Monitoring Project (aka Kite Watch) wrapped up its second successful season of nest and roost site monitoring sponsored by donors to the SB Audubon Society. … Continue Reading