El Tecolote Winter 2019-20

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Winter issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • Cornell Labs Study on the Decline of North American Avifauna
  • The up coming 120th CBCs
  • 6th Annual Winter Bird Count 4 Kids
  • Revitalized Meet Your Wild Neighbor
  • Kenneth Rosenberg Speaking at SBMNH, a collaboration of UCSB Arts & Lectures, SBMNH and SBAS
  • Effects of Rodent Poison
  • Up coming Field Trips, Friday Bird Walks and Programs for the winter

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

Sadly this is Trent’s last issue. We will truly miss him. If you know anyone with layout skills we would surely like to hear from them.

Please Speak for the Birds!

Update Sunday 11/17

Are you are planning to speak at the hearing?

If so, please arrive at 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 20!  The Strauss FEIR will be first on the hearing agenda. County staff and the project applicant will speak, immediately followed by SBAS. The Commissioners would like all SBAS speakers to present consecutively.

Speaker time allotments are now from one to three minutes (shorter is preferable).

If you prefer to send in your comments, the receipt deadline is no later than noon Monday, Nov. 18.


The Strauss Wind Energy Project (SWEP) is proposed for a large swath of agricultural land south of Lompoc near Miguelito County Park. Santa Barbara County released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for SWEP on Oct. 31, 2019.

The FSEIR includes many improvements suggested by Audubon; nevertheless we cannot support the project as currently designed, as it doesn’t provide enough bird protections (see our Position Statement document here).   The project will now go before the County Planning Commission to be considered for approval on Nov. 20 and 22.


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