Welcome to Santa Barbara Audubon’s portal to the county’s Breeding Bird Study.

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The Breeding Bird Study employs Google Fusion Tables to provide a database of accounts of breeding bird records in Santa Barbara County. These accounts can be filtered and viewed in lists or maps. As of 10 May 2019 there are close to 181 breeding species among more than 7168 breeding records in the database. This effort, which began as a way to preserve historical field notes from UCSB environmental contract sites, now contains input from many local observers and is expanding to request input from all our local birders past and present.

This effort is being sponsored by:

  • The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UCSB
  • The Santa Barbara Audubon Society

It is also a labor of love of:

  • Mark Holmgren
  • Adrian O’Loghlen

To submit your own breeding observations:

Mark and Adrian, the database administrators, request that observations of breeding behavior be submitted by one of the following methods:

Instructions are on each form as to how to fill in data fields and where to send the data once the form is complete. Forms can be saved with your personal data intact for easier and more expedient submittal.

The video below is a tutorial on using the Online submittal facility, how to use AcmeMapper to get sighting coordinates and how to properly size photos for submittal.

To mine data in the data base:

Anyone can look at the data in the BBS database. Use this LINK to access the database.

The video below is a short tutorial on how to use the Google Fusion Table interface to access data within the SB Breeding Bird Study database.