News & Media

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Winter Bird Count 4 Kids – Media Coverage

The Winter Bird Count 4 Kids (WBC4K) was a huge success this last January. You can read Santa Barbara Independent coverage of this event HERE There was also coverage in the Santa Barbara News Press by Brett Leigh Dicks on February 4th. You can pay for an archived version of their article HERE. A big… Read more »

Noozhawk: Parasite Linked to Mass Deaths of Pacific Coast Band-Tailed Pigeons in Santa Barbara County

Thousands of Pacific Coast band-tailed pigeons have been found dead in Santa Barbara County, evidently from a parasite-borne disease that restricts their throat passages and causes them to die of starvation or suffocation. The public is being asked to help California wildlife officials by reporting sick or dying birds. Find out more and what you… Read more »

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

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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… Read more »

Santa Barbara Independent: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Listed as Threatened

As reported in the Independent: “The yellow-billed cuckoo will soon be listed as a threatened species in parts of 12 western states under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced on Thursday.” Read the Independent article HERE. For more in depth coverage see the Fish and Wildlife Service Public Advisory.

SBAS Gets 1st Executive Director

WELCOME, CHERIE TOPPER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SANTA BARBARA AUDUBON Co-Presidents Steve Ferry and Dolores Pollock are happy to introduce Santa Barbara Audubon’s first executive director, Cherie Topper. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of our search and look forward to working with Cherie,” report the co-presidents, summing up the feeling of the Board as… Read more »