El Tecolote

Here you will find links to our El Tecolote (ET) newsletter in color. Some articles in ET are too long to fit in the printed edition, the full length articles can be found below.

We are fortunate to have online an archival history of our newsletter from the present day back to when Santa Barbara Audubon Society was a Bird Study Group at the Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History in 1963.

View our El Tecolote newsletter archive here.


El Tecolote: Spring 2021

Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Spring 2021 issue of El Tecolote is now available. In this issue:  • Report of our 121st CBC • Eyes in the Sky news • Meet Board Members Scot Pipkin & Maureen McFadden • Backyard bird fountains • April Winter Bird Count 4 Kids • Biden’s action of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act • Conservation Committee’s response… Read more »

El Tecolote: Winter 2020-21

Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Winter 2020-21 issue of El Tecolote is now available.   In this issue:  • The upcoming 121st CBC & no compilation dinner • 7th Annual Winter Bird Count 4 Kids postponed to April • Ballot – Please vote for our Board and proposed amendments to our Articles of Incorporation • Two past Presidents re-join our… Read more »

The 2020 Fall issue of El Tecolote is now available.

Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Fall issue of El Tecolote is now available. In this issue:  • SBAS Board news • Executive Director highlights • EITS News • Meet Dotti Pak, Education Chair • Breeding Bird Study back in full swing • Restoration of the Migratory Bird Act • New book by Joan Lentz • Online programs for the Fall Download this issue… Read more »

The 2020 Summer issue of El Tecolote is now available.

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Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Summer issue of El Tecolote is now available. In this issue:  • Coping with the Pandemic • Executive Director highlights • EITS Holding Patterns • Meet Alex Shu, EITS Handler • Weakening of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act • Results of the Great Backyard Bird Count • 2020 White-tailed Kite Breeding Activity • Catios! Download this issue HERE…. Read more »

SAVING BIRDS WHILE LOVING CATS – CATIOS

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THE MAN-CAVES AND SHE-SHEDS FOR OUR FELINE FRIENDS By Lisa Nelms [Editor’s note: This is the full article referred to on page 7 of El Tecolote June-August 2020.] Sobered to learn that three billion birds have been lost in North America in the past fifty years, I wondered how individual citizens can help mitigate this… Read more »