Current Projects & Goals
This Executive Director column communicates to existing and prospective members the projects SBAS is actively working on related to our three main focus areas: education, conservation, and science. This column will be updated regularly with current projects and goals. The stated current projects are an overview and not all-inclusive. Likewise, the goals summarize what each SBAS committee is working towards with occasional opportunities for existing (or potential new) members to become more involved.
- Preparing to teach Meet Your Wild Neighbors (MYWN) in 6 local classrooms.
- Monthly bird walks, evening programs at SBMNH, and daily EITS outreach.
- Helping organize Winter Bird Count 4 Kids (1/25/20.)
- Pilot 3rd grade MYWN curriculum.
- Assist college students in the establishment of Audubon Campus Club at UCSB.
- Introduce and welcome 12 new families to SBAS via Winter Bird Count 4 Kids.
- Researching bird impacts of proposed Lompoc Strauss wind farm.
- Providing guidance and input on local fire and fuels management that impact birds and their habitat.
- Protecting area open spaces (Goleta Parks, Facilities and Playgrounds Master Plan.)
- Advocacy for Strauss to mitigate negative impact on birdlife.
- Increase legal fund to protect local open spaces, wetlands, bird habitats, and ecosystems for future generations.
- Water quality and invertebrate research at North Campus Open Space and Coal Oil Point Reserve.
- Observing White-tailed Kites (10 breeding events, 27 fledglings) & Purple Martins (8 nests, ~16-24 fledglings.)
- Supporting National Audubon citizen science Christmas Bird Count in Santa Barbara (1/4/20.)
- College student monitoring of Tree Swallow and Bluebird Nest Box project at Lake Los Carneros.
- Continue contributing work to archive Santa Barbara County Breeding Bird Study records to inform land management and resource planning.