Conservation

The Conservation Committee acts locally to advocate for strong protections for birds and bird habitat, with an emphasis on riparian areas and regional open spaces. We do this through a variety of means, including providing expert knowledge, thorough analysis and public comment, meetings with local officials, and outreach through our supporters. We welcome your interest and involvement.

The Conservation and Science Committees meet jointly on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the MacVeagh House of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

For further information contact [email protected]


Day of Caring Restoration Workday at Lake Los Carneros

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Santa Barbara Audubon will be hosting a volunteer workday at Lake Los Carneros on Saturday September 20th at 9 AM. The workday is part of United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Day of Caring and also falls on the first day of Santa Barbara’s Creek Week.

SBAS Endorses Measure P

The SBAS Board, at its retreat on July 26, voted to endorse Santa Barbara County Measure P, the anti-fracking initiative that will appear on the November ballot.  The initiative would ban fracking and other forms of oil well stimulation methods in Santa Barbara County.  The SBAS Board voted that these extraction techniques are too dangerous… Read more »

Noozhawk: Cuyama Solar Facility Approved by County Planning Commission

On July 22, Steve Ferry and Dolores Pollock, our co-presidents, spoke before the County Planning Commission, making recommendations.

Creek Setbacks in Goleta

The SBAS Conservation and Science Committee has been monitoring several proposed development projects in Goleta, particularly those projects that are in proximity to creeks and other natural resources that are wildlife habitats and migration corridors. We have reviewed environmental impact reports (EIR), sent comment letters to the City of Goleta recommending mitigation strategies, identifying critical habitats and omissions… Read more »

Tricolored Blackbird California Survey 2014

Richard Figueroa, SBAS Science Chair, has been recruiting and coordinating volunteers to monitor and collect survey data for tricolored blackbirds to document their decline in numbers. Our volunteers have surveyed sites in Santa Ynez and Cuyama. The conservation of the species has received increased attention due to the petition to list the species under the protections of… Read more »