Field Trip: Anacapa Island Adventure – SBAS Benefit


Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7:15 am - 1:00 pm

Here is your chance to support Santa Barbara Audubon while having an adventure exploring Anacapa Island and the Santa Barbara Channel

Date & Time

Saturday, April 4, 2015
7:15 am - 1:00 pm

Enjoy this half-day adventure and 12 mile boat trip with Island Packers to the closest of the Channel Islands, Anacapa Island. Spring will have sprung, wildflowers will abound, wildlife breeding season will be upon us.

Anacapa-Pelicans.jpgAlong the whole west coast of the United States, the California subspecies of Brown Pelicans breeds only on west Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands. On Anacapa, a wilderness area is set aside for nesting seabirds. The timing of this trip increases our chances of viewing Brown Pelicans on their nests, amidst blooming yellow Coreopsis, as shown. Other possibilities are Western Gulls,  Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, Scripps’s Murrelets, Cassin’s Auklets and others.

See the area where Pelican Dreams star Gigi probably hatched! Gigi would have flown from here to the Farallons, and there the story of the movie begins.

This trip entertains en route and at its destination. During the one-hour crossing to Anacapa Island, naturalists help identify pelagic bird species – as well as other marine life. We will then have two hours to explore the island on foot. Memorable surprises are virtually guaranteed!

Operating since 1968, Island Packers is a family run company with experienced captains and crew. All boats have galleys and restrooms.

Trip Leaders:

Peter Gaede (assisted by son Lucas)

Jared Dawson


Make sure to follow driving directions above. Departure is NOT from the Ventura harbor Channel Islands National Park, but from Channel Islands harbor a few miles farther south.


$125 per person

Sign Up:

Purchase tickets on the 2015 Birdathon Eventbrite page.

Other Information:

Bring binoculars, dress in layers, and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, snacks and lunch as desired. THERE IS NO FOOD OR WATER ON THE ISLAND
No Plastic Grocery Bags allowed on the island – See the bottom of THIS PAGE for disallowed items.

Our trip is limited to 20 participants.

Boarding time is 7:15 a.m. for an 8:00 departure DO NOT be late.


Trip Coordinator: Peter Thompson

Contact Peter for information or questions at

Sponsored By and Benefit for Santa Barbara Audubon Society