Goleta Sanitary District – Limited Access – No birding for now

We received the following from the Goleta Sanitary District.

Good Afternoon All,

We have made the decision out of an abundance of caution to limit access to the District for the protection of our staff and community. Therefore, until the threat from the Covid19 virus is no longer an issue, we unfortunately will not be accepting any visits for birding at the facility. We have also cancelled any public tours. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Beginning March 16th we will also be keeping our entrance gate closed during the day. Once the threat of the virus has passed, visitors will need to be buzzed in via a security keypad. This is a step we have been contemplating for some time for security purposes.


We appreciate your understanding and look forward to the time when the District’s facility will be available to birders again.

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Laura Romano DeFazio, MPPA

Management Analyst

We will make another post when the facility re-opens to the birding community.

SBAS Seeking Executive Director

Santa Barbara Audubon Society is looking for qualified persons to apply for the position of Executive Director for our Chapter.

Download the job description for the position Here.

Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to
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Program: The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act HAS BEEN CHANGED

Tonight’s Program The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act has been canceled due to a back injury of the speaker Steve Evans.

We will be showing the movie Pale Male

From the PBS Nature website:

Follow the adventures of Pale Male, a daring red-tailed hawk who manages to thrive in the urban world of New York City.

A fearsome predator has been stalking Manhattan for years. But instead of calling the police, New Yorkers have put out the welcome mat and wished him the best of luck. Meet Pale Male — a red-tailed hawk who chose life in the Big Apple and founded a hawk dynasty on the ledge of a swanky high-rise overlooking Central Park.

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Weather update for Allensworth/Pixley overnight field trip this weekend:

At this time, there are no road closures nor flooding reported, so the trip is on. The weather will be a mix of light rain and overcast. Rain gear is a must. Birding conditions will be fair to good. Tent camping at Allensworth is not recommended. RV camping should be OK. It is advised that each individual check the weather and road conditions before choosing to participate. Leaders will arrive on Friday afternoon, and Jeff will be available at 805.679.1638 to answer questions.

Thomas Fire effects on SBAS Activities

Due to foul air and the fact that Cal Fire is using Cachuma as a staging area, this field trip has been canceled.


The Carpinteria Christmas Bird count has also been moved to
January 5th, 2018


The Santa Barbara CBC Dinner Ticket deadline is now:
Thursday December 28th at 6:00 pm

Birdathon in Full Swing – Last Chance to Sign up!

There are still a few slots left if you haven’t registered for this year’s Birdathon – field trips (May 2-4) and the special evening event at CCBER (Wed. April 30).  Also we hope to see lots of folks at the Birdathon Wrap-up Picnic on Sunday, May 3 (1-3 pm) at Stove Grove Park.  You can bring your own food if you prefer, but if you’d like to partake of the catered picnic food (sandwiches, salads, water and cookies), please order online now at http://birdathon2014.eventbrite.com.  This link will also show you the events that still have space.  Come enjoy the Birdathon!

2014 Birdathon Registration Starts April 1 at 8:00 am

Overview of 2014 Birdathon (April 26 – May 4)

SBAS is having its second annual Birdathon – a major fundraiser for our chapter!

There are variety of ways to participate: 7 field trips led by expert birders, a special evening event and lecture at CCBER, counting species with your team or on your own and the wrap-up picnic on the last day to hear everyone’s results.  See the links below for more information on all the events.

Online registration is at: http://birdathon2014.eventbrite.com and we hope to see you there! Registration starts at 8 am on Tuesday, April 1, but you can check the events out in advance to see which you’d most like to do.  (Note that the Eventbrite field trip detailed descriptions don’t appear to work on some mobile devices!)

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Birdathon Count Teams — Getting Started

The Birdathon is not just about guided field trips — it’s about birding and fund raising for our chapter.  If an organized trip is not for you, put together your own team or go out by yourself and see what you can see! Compete with your friends to see how many species you can find!

Last year our many count participants came up with a wide range of activities.  Matt Victoria and Sheri Lubin had quite an adventure on their “Big Day” and saw over 170 species!  Team Tipsy Chicks, led by Liz Muraoka, raised over $700 for Santa Barbara Audubon during Birdathon week.  Altogether we saw 202 species, raised over $7,000 for Santa Barbara Audubon, and had a lot of fun doing it!
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