“Meet Your Wild Neighbor” is the flagship science and conservation education program of Santa Barbara Audubon Society (SBAS). In these 1-hour weekly sessions, kids get to learn about the ecosystem around them and meet beautiful live hawks, falcons, and owls rescued from the wild. The program lasts 5 weeks and focuses on science, birds, nature, conservation, and outdoor learning. In the 2019-2020 year, SBAS is presenting the program in 6 classrooms across 4 local schools, teaching 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-grade curriculum.

In addition to its classroom outreach, SBAS’s Eyes in the Sky raptor program engages with the public in daily educational presentations. Six days a week, trained education volunteers present rescued raptors to visitors at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The raptors and their handlers also visit after school programs, retirement communities, and community centers throughout the Santa Barbara area.”

For further information, contact [email protected] Barbara Audubon.org and [email protected]

Current Projects & Goals

From the desk of Katherine Emery Executive DirectorFebruary 20, 2020

This Executive Director column communicates to existing and prospective members the projects SBAS is actively working on related to our three main focus areas: education, conservation, and science.  This column will be updated regularly with current projects and goals.  Recent highlights are exciting events SBAS members and volunteers just led. Current projects are an overview and not all-inclusive.  Likewise, the goals summarize what each SBAS committee is working towards with occasional opportunities for existing (or potential new) members to become more involved.

Teacher Needed for Meet Your Wild Neighbor!

As the 2019/2020 school year takes off, Santa Barbara Audubon Society is looking for the next elementary-school teacher to teach its Meet Your Wild Neighbor (MYWN) program.

For years, MYWN has brought a curriculum of science education to 1st- and 2nd-grade classrooms here in Santa Barbara.  The program visits classrooms once a week for a five-week series.  Each series includes classroom visits by our live raptors, a neighborhood bird walk, and a field trip to Lake Los Carneros.  The impact of such lessons lasts far beyond the classroom: it’s an opportunity for young people to get outdoors and learn hands-on in nature.

This year will see a strengthening and revitalization of our past curriculum. SBAS is pressing forward to create new partnerships with under-served schools in our community. Now we need a teacher to deliver the program in 1st- and 2nd-grade classrooms.

The ideal candidate is an experienced elementary school teacher, passionate about conservation, and excited to lead experiential lessons in nature. If you are interested, please contact Eyes In the Sky program director Hannah Atkinson at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Youth scholarships available from WFO

Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a youth scholarship for the WFO 2016 Conference to be held in Humboldt County, California from September 28th through October 2nd. The scholarship is open to youths between the ages of 12 and 22, with six scholarships for youths in Grades 6 through 12, and two scholarships for collegiate youths working towards a Bachelor’s degree. … Continue Reading

National Audubon Climate Change Initiative – A Field Guide to the Future

One of the many delights of being on the open water is the chance to view the shifting landscape of local marine bird life at close range. Today, I noted the sentimental return of my favorite flying fall “fashionista” – a common loon still sporting her summer stripes, polka dots, and wild checks, placidly swimming beyond the harbor entrance. The loon is among our 118 beloved local birds threatened by climate change, but thankfully, it is not too late for us to take action to prevent further damage.

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