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

Field Trip: Oso Flaco Lake

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:30 am (7:00 a.m. at Sears car pool location)

Just beyond the northern boundary of Santa Barbara County lies this rare and unique ecosystem. Join us on a leisurely 2 mile walk while we spot birds and enjoy the beauty of this area.

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Coronado Seep – Speak For The Birds – Monday June 26

The City of Goleta has released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project. Though the car wash has been removed, the continuing concern in this project is the building of a gravel emergency access road on top of the bank of Devereux Creek, near the Coronado seep, one of the premiere birding hotspots on the South Coast. Devereux Creek in the Ellwood area of Goleta is an important corridor for migratory and breeding birds and is adjacent to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. The road would remove trees and violate creekside buffer zones mandated by Goleta’s General Plan.

How can you help?

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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)

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

Field Trip: Hollister Ranch

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hollister Ranch is a large privately held area of ranchetts north of Gaviota on the coast and into the foot hills. This pristine coastal area is not something to miss. Seize the day and and see for your self the wonders this area holds.

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