SBAS El Tecolote Archive: Now On Line

For 54 years, Santa Barbara Audubon has been active in the greater Santa Barbara County community. During that time the El Tecolote newsletter has been published regularly. SBAS is pleased to announce that the entire archive of the El Tecolote newsletters in now available on this website for our reader’s pleasure and to preserve our history.

This archive was created mostly from printed copies that have been maintained in the SBAS office for over 50 years. Since October 2005 copies have been maintained as original pdf documents. There may be missing issues or an occasional error in the scanning of the issues. If you find one, please let the webmaster know. If you are in possession of an issue of the newsletter which is not in this archive, again, let the webmaster know so that it can be included in this archive.

To access the archive go to the News menu and click on the El Tecolote Archive item as shown below.


October Library Display

For the month of October Santa Barbara Audubon is featured in the Downtown Library Foyer display. A big thank you to Janice Levasheff and her twin Janet for the reservation, design and execution of the display.

Stop by the Library and take a look!

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!

El Tecolote September – November 2017

Santa Barbara Audubon’s September – November 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The Annual Membership Meeting
  • Our New Programs Chairperson
  • SBAS Helping programs in the community
  • Eyes In The Sky news – the raptors temporary new homes
  • Upcoming Premier fundraising Field Trips.
  • Upcoming Field Trips and Friday Bird Walks (No Summer Programs)
  • Thank-you’s to last year’s Donors

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

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

Friday Bird Walks for the Fall of 2017

Join Jack Sanford for some great birding and fun time on his Friday bird walks this fall

Every 2nd and 4th Friday (usually) Jack hosts a casual and fun two hour walk at one of the south coast’s birding hot spots.  For beginners, this is a great opportunity to see the birds and find out where to bird. For the more experienced birder, here is you chance to share your knowledge and skills. Everyone is welcome. Cost is FREE!

Coming this Fall

Toro Canyon Park: Friday, September 8, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Honda Valley Open Space: Friday, September 22, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Hidden Valley Park: Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Rocky Nook Park: Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Stevens Park: Friday, November 10, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Winchester Canyon: Friday, November 24, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Coronado Seep – Part 3 – City of Goleta’s hearing – Tuesday, July 18

Attend the City of Goleta’s hearing
Tuesday, July 18, at 6PM
in the Goleta City Council Chambers!

At this meeting, the Planning Commission will recommend that the City of Goleta approve Alternative 2b of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project, and reject the project as proposed. Your presence at the hearing will show support for the Planning Commission’s recommendation, in which no road will be built next to Devereux Creek.

If you can’t testify in person, please send your comment letter to the City Clerk’s office so it is received before noon on July 17. Comments may be sent via email to or by mail to the attention of the City Council and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117.

Many thanks to those of you who attended the FEIR hearing and/or provided oral or written comments. Your support for birds and their habitat has been heard, loud and clear.

Goleta City Council Chambers are at 130 Cremona Dr., Suite B, Goleta. Enter on the east side of the building. You don’t need to be a resident of the City of Goleta in order to speak, but to do so please pick up a speaker slip near the entrance, fill it out, and give it to a City official inside the Council Chambers.

If you have questions or would like to help the Conservation Committee with this, please send an email to