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.

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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 »

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… Read more »

Paradiso del Mare Appeal Rejected

The county board of supervisors voted 5 to zip on Tuesday February 4th to reject the appeal supported by SBAS of the development at Paradiso del Mare. Four of our board members were among the 30 or so people who spoke in favor of the appeal.

Conservation Committee Update

By Jonathan Appelbaum It has been a busy summer for the Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Science and Conservation Committee. Under the guidance of outgoing Conservation Chair, and new SBAS Co-President Steve Ferry, outgoing Science Chair, and new SBAS Education Chair, Andy Lanes, and myself, the newly installed conservation chair, the Committee has been active in… Read more »

SBAS Supports Protecting the Los Padres National Forest

421,058 acres of Los Padres National Forest are vulnerable to development due to proposed changes in the Land Management Plan. The U.S. Forest Service is considering if it will protect these rare plant and wildlife habitats in it’s Inventoried Roadless Areas or open them to development. Santa Barbara Audubon has joined with many other local… Read more »