A Letter From Our President

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Dear Santa Barbara Audubon Community,

Our Board, Executive Director, and I send our good wishes.  As we welcome the Hooded Orioles and check each morning to see if the White-crowned Sparrows are still here, I hope you are cheered by the warmth and wonder of spring.

You won’t be surprised that our regular gatherings have to be postponed. Regarding our programs, field trips, bird walks, school visits, and annual membership picnic, the Board has decided to pause for now and resume in the fall.

Events may be on hold, but our work is on-going. Our birds at the Aviary are lovingly cared for every day. Our board and committees hold their regularly scheduled meetings via ZOOM, taking steps to ensure that our organization remains strong through the coming months as well as strategizing on goals for a vibrant future. We’ll share new plans with you just as soon as they are made–and we’ll post volunteer opportunities for those of you with the expertise and energy to help us implement them.

In the meantime, we hope you are finding much joy in observing birds who visit your backyard and neighborhood.

Be sure to keep an eye out for breeding activity.

If you spot a nest or breeding behavior in a bird, enter your observations into the Breeding Bird Study here on our website.  It’s that time of year, and this is a terrific activity for social distancing. Your data are valuable and will be put to good use.

We miss seeing everyone in person and look forward to resuming our activities. Through this current situation and into the future, Santa Barbara Audubon remains dedicated to our mission: to protect area birdlife and habitat and connect people with birds through education, conservation, and science.

All the best to everyone,