Science

The Science Committee strives to increase knowledge of local wildlife and ecosystems through data collection, compilation, and analysis. The Committee promotes Citizen Science in our community and schools. The Science Committee directs Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Tree Swallow nest box monitoring and participates in other community studies, including the Bird Breeding Study and the Christmas Bird Count.

Breeding Bird Study

The Breeding Bird Study is an account of breeding bird records in Santa Barbara County. As of 30 Nov 2019 there are close to 181 breeding species among more than 8000 breeding records in the database. Read More or Submit Data

Christmas Bird Count

Every year, around the time of Christmas, people all over the nation and many other countries go out on their chosen day to count their local birds. Read More

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 Science@SantaBarbaraAudubon.org


The SBAS Tree Swallow Nest Box Project

Air BNB Audubon Style By Steven Senesac [Editor’s note: This is the full article referred to on page 3 of El Tecolote April/May 2016.] Introduction The Tree Swallow is a cavity nester that naturally nests in tree cavities (often made by woodpeckers). Human development frequently removes many trees and those that remain are often groomed… Read more »

2014 Santa Barbara County Science Fair Winner of the Audubon Award

The 2014 Santa Barbara County Science Fair was held in March, and one of the judges was Richard Figueroa, SBAS Science Chair who had the honor of presenting the Santa Barbara Audubon Award to this year’s winner, Righetti High School senior, Danny Luu. Danny’s project: “The Effects of Runoff on Salvia Leucantha and Hummingbird Interactions” also won a gold medal… 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 »

Tree Swallow Monitoring

Jeff Simeon conducted a tree-swallow monitoring training session Saturday, April 5 at Coal Oil Point Reserve for volunteers and interns to learn how to champion this project by scheduling regular monitoring dates, replacing broken nesting boxes, rusty mounting poles and hardware, and cleaning the boxes for the spring nesting season.

White-Tailed Kite Monitoring

In April 2014, white-tailed kite volunteers and interns were treated to several kite-sightings on a field trip to Ellwood, Lake Los Carneros and More Mesa. Two nesting sites were spotted and five pairs of kites.