Guidance in Protecting our Birds

Local printable documents:

BIRDS of Santa Barbara County CHECKLIST
The official checklist of Santa Barbara county birds created by Dave Compton and Joan Lentz in 2006.

Eco-Dog’s Beach Guide 
SBAS’s pamphlet on the hows and the whys we want to have bird friendly beaches and where dog friendly beaches are located

Guide to Bird-Friendly Vegetation Trimming
SBAS’s guide on the Why, When and What to look for before trimming vegetation.

Sites where you can find great resources for birding locally:

Paul Lehman’s “The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California” now usually updated yearly is now being hosted on SBCOBirding. The birding bible for the county.


Jamie Chavez’s excellent website,,  on all things birding in Santa Barbara County. Bird lists, where to bird guides, links to dozens of resources.

Rare Birds of Santa Barbara County photo page. A Flickr photos page of rare species seen in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Birding The ListServer. for Santa Barbara County. Join this group to access current sightings and trip reports by birders in the county.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History LogoSanta Barbara Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara Audubon Society has an excellent relationship with the museum. This is where our Eyes in the Sky rehabilitated raptors live and are available for public viewing every day the museum is open. The museum has an excellent bird hall that is definitely worth looking into as well as many excellent exibits and activities for the whole family.

***NEW*** 50 Great Public Lands Destinations – Santa Barbara and Beyond

Books of local interest:

A Birder’s Guide to Southern California – Brad Shram

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region – Joan Easton Lentz

Birds of Cachuma Lake – Roger Millikan

Birds of Southern California – Kimball L. Garrett, Jon L. Dunn, Brian E. Small

Birds of the Pacific States – Ralph Hoffmann

Birdwatching: A Guide for BeginnersJoan Easton Lentz

Great Birding Trips of the WestJoan Easton Lentz

Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast – Joan Easton Lentz

The Birds of Lake Los Carneros – Roger Millikan & Adam Lewis

Roadside Geology of Southern California – Art Sylvester and Libby O’Black Gans

Other items of interest:

Hugh Ranson’s The Dragonflies of Santa Barbara County handout

BirdingPal – Go Birding With A Pal From Around The World

Downloadable “Quick Finders” to ID Warblers at CornellLabs

Other Websites of Interest:


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Audubon California logo
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
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