Friday Bird Walk – Santa Barbara Harbor


Date & Time

Friday, December 15, 2023
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Santa Barbara Harbor is a busy place during the day, but one can find many species of shorebirds, gulls, terns and water birds which take advantage of the quiet hours of the early morning.

We will do everything we can for a safe experience, but COVID is always a risk. Additionally, SBAS may decide to cancel events should pandemic conditions warrant it. For these reasons, we ask that:

  • All attendees be vaccinated, each participant bring a mask to the event, and social distancing be practiced to the greatest extent practicable.
  • Masks be worn in car pool situations.
  • Prior to attending any bird walk or field trip, please go to for directions and event updates.

Target Birds:

  • Waterfowl
  • shorebirds
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • songbirds
  • & others


From Hwy 101 north-bound 

  • Take exit 96B Laguna St / Garden St
  • Get in the left lane on the ramp to Garden St
  • At the signal turn left onto Garden St
  • Follow Garden St as it curves around heading to the ocean
  • Turn right onto Cabrillo Blvd
  • Follow Cabrillo Blvd for 1/2 mile past Stearns Wharf to Bath Street
  • Turn right on Bath street and find a place to park

From Hwy 101 south-bound

  • Take exit 97 Castillo St / Harbor
  • Turn right at the light onto Castillo St
  • Move to the left lane (not left turn pocket) to proceed straight through the stoplight at Montecito St
  • Turn left onto Mason St (second street after Montecito light)
  • Mason St dead ends at Bath St. Find parking on Bath St.

We will meet on the sidewalk next to the Sea Landing Sport Fishing Building (301 W. Cabrillo Blvd). 
All birders should park on Bath Street or Mason Street (no time limit) or use paid city lot parking.
We will bird the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf area.


Other Information:

  • Bring water, snack
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring a hat
  • Binoculars a must, spotting scopes are useful

Trip Coordinator:

Sponsored By Santa Barbara Audubon Society