EMERGENCY: Donations needed to save a huge Tricolored Blackbird colony

California Audubon is running a $5 dollars / 5 Birds campaign to protect rare Tricolored Blackbirds and the heat just got turned up.

TOMORROW a wheat field housing a huge colony of birds will be harvested destroying a colony unless we raise $40,000!

Please consider donating at California Audubon’s website (click here to donate)

This drought has been hard on everyone, the birds included. And it’s about to get harder, unless we raise the funds to protect so colony with approximately 50,000 of the state’s Tri-colored blackbirds.

Smithsonian Scientist Shares Research on Island Songbirds

March 12, 7 PM, Ventura

Santa Barbara Audubon was made aware of this talk put on by the Channel Islands National Park and thought some of our membership would be interested. News Release below.

February 25, 2014
For Immediate Release
Yvonne Menard, email hidden; JavaScript is required 805-658-5725
Smithsonian Scientist Shares Research on Island Songbirds


Ventura, CA — On March 12, 2014, Channel Islands National Park will host a special lecture about island songbirds by Smithsonian biologist Scott Sillett.

Sillett will describe why the California Channel Islands are one of the best places in the world to investigate ecology and evolution and will share his studies of songbirds including orange-crowned warblers, song sparrows, and island scrub-jays. … Continue Reading

Program: The Condor’s Shadow – Film and Q&A.

Image from a Condor's Shadow Film

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Attend a free screening of the year-in-the-life documentary film that follows USFWS biologist Joseph Brandt into the world of endangered species recovery. His mission: To enable the California condor to fly free once again.

After the film there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker Jeff McLoughlin and Joseph Brant.
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Welcome to the NEW Santa Barbara Audubon Website!

Over the last few months, and with some generous donations from our membership, Santa Barbara Audubon has built a new website!

The new website is a blog, which we are really excited about. This means that all of our great activities, volunteering opportunities, articles from El Tecolote and our advocacy work will be on display as they are going on. If you like the work you’re seeing us do, please help us by pressing on the bright new donate button!

If you would like to know more, you can continue reading.

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Program: Neotropical birding in Belize, Bolivia and Ecuador

Red Capped Manakin at Chan Chich Lodge, Belize. Photo by Satie Airame

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by Jeff Chemnick and Satie Airame.

Join Santa Barbara bird and botanical enthusiasts Satie Airame and Jeff Chemnick for an exciting photographic tour of trips to Belize, Bolivia and Ecuador. The couple visited these countries over the last several years in their quest to explore a variety of neotropical habitats. … Continue Reading

Program: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

Joan Easton Lentz author of A Naturalist's Guide to the Santa Barbara Region. Photo by Jennifer Lentz.

February 26th, 7PM at Farrand Hall

Joan Easton Lentz’s most recent book, A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region, is a breathtaking look at the unique geography, habitats and life in this area.

For a Santa Barbara Audubon audience, Joan needs little introduction. During her more than thirty-five years as a serious student of the natural history of the Santa Barbara Region she has been very active in our community. … Continue Reading

White-tailed Kite Monitoring 2013

Juvenile White-tailed Kite. Photo by David Levasheff
Juvenile White-tailed Kite. Photo by David Levasheff

By Anna Hilliard

Two years ago, an El Tecolote article posed the question: “What might it take to create a formalized local monitoring program for the white-tailed kite?” This September, with the help of dedicated observers and coordinators, the White-tailed Kite Monitoring Project (aka Kite Watch) wrapped up its second successful season of nest and roost site monitoring sponsored by donors to the SB Audubon Society. … Continue Reading

Special Program: An Evening With Jon Dunn

January 14th, 7:00 PM at Fleischmann Auditorium.

This January 14th, the Santa Barbara Audubon Society is thrilled to host Jon L. Dunn for a very special paid program in Santa Barbara Museum  of Natural History’s Fleischmann Auditorium.

Few in the birding world have received as much acclaim as Jon L. Dunn, and with good reason. For over 30 years Jon has been a birding tour leader with Wings. Jon has been editor for all six editions of the National Geographic Society’s Field Guide to the Birds of North America. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. … Continue Reading