El Tecolote Fall 2019

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Fall issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The June Annual Meeting
  • The Board summer retreat
  • Meet new Executive Director
  • Meet our new Education co-chairperson
  • The Strauss Wind Energy Project
  • New Members & Donor thank you
  • Premier trip to Point Mugu
  • Upcoming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks and Programs for the fall

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

El Tecolote Summer 2019

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Summer issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The June Annual Meeting – Vote for next year’s Board & updated By-Laws.
  • Farewell to our 1st Executive Director
  • Meet our Publicity Chair person
  • UCSB’S North Bluff Lighting Fix
  • The Joy Parkinson Science Fair Award Winner
  • SBC Species Milestone
  • EITS Volunteer news
  • Upcoming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks. No Programs during the summer

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

El Tecolote Spring 2019

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Spring issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • Our results of the 119 Christmas Bird Count
  • The highlights of the 5th Annual Winter Bird Count for Kids
  • Meet our new EITS Director
  • Meet our student representative
  • Santa Barbara County Condor Milestone
  • What the Science Committee is up to
  • Upcoming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks & Programs

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

El Tecolote Winter 2018-19

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Winter issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The coming 119th Christmas Bird Count
  • Our 5th Winter Bird Count 4 Kids
  • Meet Board member Kathleen Boehm
  • EITS News
  • The Brown Pelican Survey
  • SBAS birding outreach
  • Upcoming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks, Programs and other events

To download the pdf file, click the image on the right.


A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of

For the layout of El Tecolote

El Tecolote Fall 2018

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Fall issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The annual membership picnic
  • The summer Board Retreat
  • Meet new Board member Lori Gaskin
  • EITS News
  • Farewell to Gabriele
  • SBAS birding outreach
  • Gil Perleberg the Hummer Whisperer, RIP
  • NCOS Kids Bird Festival
  • Big Day with Wes Fritz supports SBAS
  • Upcoming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks, Programs and other events

To download the pdf file, click the link at the top of this post.


A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of

For the layout of El Tecolote

Spring Coastal Survey of the Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

On May 19, volunteers from Baja California up to Washington state participated in the biannual survey of the Brown Pelican. For Santa Barbara County, there were count teams at Santa Barbara Harbor and Santa Maria River Estuary. The Santa Barbara Harbor team of Tom Beland, Joan Kent, Laurel Luby, Libby Patten, and Cathy Peterson counted 272 pelicans while the Santa Maria effort led by Alex Abela counted 11. The total for Santa Barbara Harbor was the highest seen at this location since these surveys started in 2016 with about 15% of these being immature birds (< 3 years old based on head coloring). The gale force winds at the Santa Maria River were likely the cause for the very low count at this location (typically in the hundreds in the past). There were unofficial reports of a large number of pelicans (> 1000) seen that week near the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, so a team may be added at that location for the fall survey on September 8.

The results for our county have been entered into an online database and are being combined with those from other teams up and down the West Coast.  Many thanks to all of the participants!  More information on this survey can be found at: http://ca.audubon.org/brownpelicansurvey.

 

Libby Patten is the Santa Barbara County Coordinator for the Brown Pelican Survey.

Visitors Big Day Supports SBAS

Upon awakening to the alarm at 3 a.m., I wondered out loud what in the heck did I get myself into?
Going back several weeks, Dolores had received an interesting proposal from an East Coast birder. Anthony and his wife Nicole were looking to find four species to further complete his list. All could be found in The Central Coast. Rather than hiring a guide, he offered a donation of $50 per species that would go to our Audubon chapter. … Continue Reading

El Tecolote Summer 2018

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Summer issue of El Tecolote will soon be available.

In this issue read about:

  • The annual membership picnic
  • Board members we are losing
  • Conservation Committee
  • The SBAS overlook at NCOS
  • EITS news
  • Upcoming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks, Programs and other events

To download the pdf file, click the link at the top of this post.

Two articles in this issue of ET reference online files. Unfortunately the references in ET are incorrect. Please use the links below to access the files mentioned.
1) Full text of “The SBAS Conservation Committee…In Context
2) “Audubon Overlook” article with graphics

 

 

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of

For the layout of El Tecolote

NCOS Audubon Overlook

You are probably aware of the major restoration project underway at the North Campus Open Space, north of Coal Oil Point Reserve. The former Ocean Meadows Golf Course was purchased by the Trust for Public Lands, and transferred to the University of California for conservation, restoration and management. The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) has raised $10 million to restore 90 acres. This is the site of upper Devereux Slough before it was graded and filled to create the golf course in the 1960’s; the restoration has re-created wetlands and mudflats, and will accommodate sea level rise. … Continue Reading

El Tecolote Spring 2018

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Spring issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The Christmas Bird Count results
  • The highlights of the 4th Annual Winter Bird Count for Kids
  • Meet a co-chair of the Conservation Committee
  • SBMNH honors EITS
  • Our Raptors’ experience during the Thomas fire
  • Judy Hogan In Memoriam
  • Upcoming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks, Programs and other events

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote