Peter Thompson coordinates our twice monthly bird walks which usually take place on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month.
Contact Peter at by e-mail for additional information. If you are interested in volunteering to lead one or more of these walks, contact Peter, because he LOVES volunteers to lead BONUS walks to new and/or unusual areas.

Also be sure to check out our monthly Field Trips.

Subscrbe to the SBAS events calendar, learn how on this page.

Bird Walks and Field Trips are BACK!

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 santabarbaraaudubon.org/activities for directions and event updates.
  • Friday, December 9, 2022 - Friday Bird Walk: Santa Barbara Harbor
    Friday Bird Walk: Santa Barbara Harbor

    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.

    Full details here: Friday Bird Walk: Santa Barbara Harbor



  • Friday, December 23, 2022 - Friday Bird Walk: San Marcos Foothills Preserve
    Friday Bird Walk: San Marcos Foothills Preserve

    San Marcos Foothills Preserve is an open space encompassing 200 acres. It offers exceptional views of the channel Islands and the Santa Ynez mountains. It provides habitat for Roadrunners, White-tailed Kites, American Kestrels and several species of Hawks. It is also home to many grassland and chaparral  bird species.

    Full details here: Friday Bird Walk: San Marcos Foothills Preserve



  • Friday, January 13, 2023 - Friday Bird Walk: Sand Point – Special Bonus for SBAS Members Only
    Friday Bird Walk: Sand Point - Special Bonus for SBAS Members Only

    Sand Point road is in a private gated community. Once a year SBAS is given permission to have a bird walk along the length of this otherwise inaccessible road to view the Carpinteria Salt Marsh from the southern side of the marsh. Don’t miss out, reservations are required for the limited 20 spots.

    Full details here: Friday Bird Walk: Sand Point - Special Bonus for SBAS Members Only



  • Friday, January 27, 2023 - Friday Bird Walk: Andree Clark Bird Refuge
    Friday Bird Walk: Andree Clark Bird Refuge

    The Andree Clark Bird Refuge is a 42-acre open space which includes a 29-acre brackish lake and wetlands. The lake includes three islands which are sanctuary for many species of birds. One of Santa Barbara’s birding hot spots which includes three platforms for wildlife observations.

    Full details here: Friday Bird Walk: Andree Clark Bird Refuge



  • Friday, February 10, 2023 - Friday Bird Walk: Lake Los Carneros
    Friday Bird Walk: Lake Los Carneros

    Lake Los Carneros (LLC) is one of Goleta’s premier birding hot spots.  Its 25 acre lake and varied wooded and grass land habitats make LLC a wonderful place to visit in the middle of Goleta. Once a part of Rancho La Patera it is now a Mecca for anyone wanting to get in touch with nature.

    Full details here: Friday Bird Walk: Lake Los Carneros



  • Friday, February 24, 2023 - Friday Bird Walk: North Campus Open Space
    Friday Bird Walk: North Campus Open Space

    North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course) has been restored back to a natural environment more like what existed on this property prior to creation of the golf course in 1965. There are trails for public access and passive recreation. This open space is a great addition to Santa Barbara’s natural heritage which makes our community so special. It will be preserved for the enjoyment of the local community in perpetuity. Come with us to explore how this site is recovering back to it’s natural state.

    Full details here: Friday Bird Walk: North Campus Open Space