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 »


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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 »

Global Big Day & Oso Flaco Update🐦


Global Big Day is May 9th! Global Big Day is an annual celebration of birds.  You can even participate from the safety of your own home! Just look out your window or in your yard, and report what you see and hear to eBird. You don’t need to be a bird expert or go out… Read more »

April Proves To Be A Banner Month For Media Coverage

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The last two weeks of April proved to be banner weeks for SBAS in local media outlets. First up was the Independent with an article titled Backyard Birding Really Helps Being Stuck at Home. The Independent subsequently published a letter Happy Birding, by our Executive Director in response to the previous article. Next up was… Read more »

It was 50 Years Ago Today … 🐦


Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary In celebration, we are sharing a walk down SBAS Memory Lane.  Hatched as a Bird Study Group at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, SBAS has advocated for the study and protection of birds and their habitat since 1963. In our February 1969 El Tecolote (ET), SBAS leadership urged our… Read more »