Please Speak for the Birds!

Update Sunday 11/17

Are you are planning to speak at the hearing?

If so, please arrive at 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 20!  The Strauss FEIR will be first on the hearing agenda. County staff and the project applicant will speak, immediately followed by SBAS. The Commissioners would like all SBAS speakers to present consecutively.

Speaker time allotments are now from one to three minutes (shorter is preferable).

If you prefer to send in your comments, the receipt deadline is no later than noon Monday, Nov. 18.

Details

The Strauss Wind Energy Project (SWEP) is proposed for a large swath of agricultural land south of Lompoc near Miguelito County Park. Santa Barbara County released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for SWEP on Oct. 31, 2019.

The FSEIR includes many improvements suggested by Audubon; nevertheless we cannot support the project as currently designed, as it doesn’t provide enough bird protections (see our Position Statement document here).   The project will now go before the County Planning Commission to be considered for approval on Nov. 20 and 22.

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Friday Bird Walks for the Winter of 2019/2020

Join Peter Thompson for some great birding and fun time on his Friday bird walks this winter!

Every 2nd and 4th Friday (usually) Peter 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 your chance to share your knowledge and skills. Everyone is welcome. Cost is FREE!

Coming This Winter

Santa Barbara Harbor: Friday, December 6, 2019, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Arroyo Burro School Open Space: Friday, December 20, 2019, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Sand Point – For SBAS Members Only: Friday, January 10, 2020, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

North Campus Open Space: Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Lake Los Carneros: Friday, February 7, 2020, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Andree Clark Bird Refuge: Friday, February 21, 2020, 8:30 am - 10:30 am