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.

Updated: 12-Dec-2019



Current Projects

Goals

Education

  • 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.)

Education

  • 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.

Conservation

  • 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.)

Conservation

  • 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.

Science

  • 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.)

Science

  • 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.