Projects and Goals August 2020

SBAS is actively working on many projects related to our three main focus areas: education, conservation, and science.  This column will be updated regularly with an overview of selected current projects and goals (project list is not all-inclusive).  Likewise, the goals summarize what each SBAS committee is working towards with occasional opportunities for member involvement.

From the desk of Katherine Emery, Executive Director

Current Projects


  • Creating digital outreach and learning materials to share Eyes in the Sky (EITS) raptor ambassadors with local schools, Scout clubs, & retirement communities.
  • Developing interactive online Meet Your Wild Neighbor (MYWN) curriculum to support local 1st – 3rd
  • Building outreach with UCSB Goleta Coast Audubon.
  • Share new SBAS Learning Resources and EITS video.
  • Deliver adapted MYWN wildlife education program to local classrooms in the 2020-21 school year.
  • Safely reintroduce in-person outreach programs with live raptors at Santa Barbara’s Museum of Natural History, redesigned for socially-distanced audiences.
  • Create “socially distant” adapted bird walks, bird sits, and monthly evening programs.
  • Meeting with agency decision-makers, providing public comments, and signing local conservation letters to promote bird, habitat, and biodiversity protections.
  • Using science to inform decision making for bird protections and their habitat for Goleta creeks and watersheds and Wildfires Protection Plans.
  • Encouraging use of Santa Barbara County Breeding Bird Study records as a tool to inform land management and resource planning.
  • Build advocacy to protect local open spaces, wetlands, bird habitats, and ecosystems.
  • Collaborate with Goleta Parks & Open Space Manager, SB County Flood Control staff, and others to preserve birdlife and habitat at regional open spaces (Lake Los Carneros (LLC) & Ellwood), creek corridors, and Coal Oil Point Reserve (COPR).
  • Remind agencies that fuels reduction should occur during non-breeding times, specifically during the months ending with “r”: September, October, November, December.
  • Completing 9th year of Nest Box monitoring at LLC to understand Tree Swallows (TRES) and Western Bluebirds (WEBL) breeding more deeply.
  • Invertebrate project perseveres in reduced capacity.
  • Finishing Purple Martin nest cavity surveys at Nojoqui Falls Park.
  • Summarize Nest Box breeding data at LLC & COPR.
  • Complete data analyses about invertebrate research at North Campus Open Space & COPR.
  • Explore research and conservation fund to protect Purple Martins.