Santa Barbara Audubon Society
5679 Hollister Ave, Suite 5B
Goleta, CA  93117

(805) 964-1468
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Description:
   The mission of Santa Barbara Audubon Society is to help conserve and restore the earth¹s natural ecosystems and improve its biological diversity, principally in the Santa Barbara area, and to connect people with birds and nature through education, science-based projects and advocacy.
    The Conservation Committee of Santa Barbara Audubon addresses local conservation issues on several fronts, typically meeting on the first Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM and are held at the Goleta Valley Community Center (address below) in room 5B (Coastal Resource Information Center). Call Steve Ferry, Conservation Chair, for more information, (805) 967-5162 or email at sjferry@cox.net.
    Santa Barbara Audubon Society's popular wildlife education program brings live hawks and owls - species native to our area - directly to classrooms and other community groups for close-up and personal encounters. Due to human impacts, these special species ambassadors are no longer capable of surviving in the wild. They are powerful messengers who help people to experience directly the magnificence of our normally elusive wild neighbors and to understand how deeply human actions affect them for better or worse.
Non-Profit Category:
    Conservation & the Environment


Payment Accepted:
    Cash,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  

www.santabarbaraaudubon.org
 Recent Buzzes!!
10/16/12 - Save the Date! -- Field Trip to Devereux Slough -- October 20
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Target Birds: Shorebirds, water birds & wintering song birds Trip leader: Robert Lindsay, capnbob@sbceo.org
Directions: Take Hwy 101 to the Glen Annie/Storke Rd exit. Proceed south (towards the ocean) on Storke Rd then left on El Collegio Rd and right on Camino Corto Lane and right on Del Playa Drive. Park and meet at the end of Del Playa. We will bird a loop trail walking the beach past the Snowy Plover reserve, take trails by the pond below the storage tanks then around the top and east side of the slough and back to the cars.
For the foreseeable future, Jack Sanford will be coordinating once monthly field trips.
For information, contact Jack at 566-2191 or by email birdsandtennis@hotmail.com.
Venue: Devereux Slough.  Website
9/24/12 - Save the Date! -- The plight of cetaceans of the Santa Barbara Region -- September 26
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Associate curator of vertebrate zoology, Michelle Berman, will be giving a presentation about the plight of cetaceans(whales and dolphins) of Santa Barbara County. Please come and join us as we explore the lives of whales, dolphins, and porpoises inhabiting our local waters and dive into their biology and behavior.
Michelle is the Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She received her B.S. from Colorado State University where she first gained marine mammal experience during a summer internship at Moss Landing Marine Laboratory in Monterey Bay, California. She completed her Masters work studying lipid metabolism in fasting Steller sea lions at the University of Central Florida. Michelle is currently the California Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s central coast stranding coordinator for cetaceans. Her main research interests include examining cetacean natural history and epidemiology as well as studying anatomical and physiologically adaptations to their environments. Through presentations at international scientific conferences, regional society meetings and boat-based natural history tours, Michelle has educated people from all age classes and backgrounds on marine mammal natural history, anatomy and physiology. In addition to coordinating the marine mammal stranding response at the museum, she curates regional mammals, marine mammals, reptiles and amphibians for the museum’s research collection.
Doors open 7:00 pm for hospitality and refreshments Program starts 7:30 pm
Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Farrand Hall.  Website
8/2/12 - Save the Date! -- Birding Field Trip to Oso Flaco Lake “ Lake to the Ocean” -- August 25
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Target Birds: Fresh water and salt water birds plus Northern Harriers and Wrens. Trip Leader: Jack Sanford.
We will be walking a leisurely 2 mile walk across the Oso Flaco Lake bridge and follow the boardwalk trail to the ocean. We will view this rare and unique ecosystem while spotting birds and enjoying the beauty of the area. Bring water, snack or lunch, and dress in layers. Wear comfortable shoes. Binoculars are a must. Bird field guides are useful.
We will meet at the 5 Points Shopping Center (Carl’s Jr) at 6:45am and at the Kmart parking lot in Goleta at 7:00 am and car pool to the Oso Flaco Lake parking area. If you would like to meet us at the lake at 9am take Hwy 101 to Hwy 166 (Main street exit in Santa Maria and head west towards the town of Guadalupe. Turn right at the Hwy 1 intersection and go thru the town of Guadalupe. Travel 3 miles to the Oso Flaco Road. Turn left on Oso Flaco Road and proceed 3 miles to the parking lot.
There is a $5 entrance fee per car (or State Park Pass). There is no charge to park outside the entrance. Contact Jack Sanford for more information.
Venue: Lake Oso Flaco.  Email   Website
8/2/12 - Save the Date! -- Birding Field Trip to Oso Flaco Lake “ Lake to the Ocean” -- August 15
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Target Birds: Fresh water and salt water birds plus Northern Harriers and Wrens. Trip Leader: Jack Sanford.
We will be walking a leisurely 2 mile walk across the Oso Flaco Lake bridge and follow the boardwalk trail to the ocean. We will view this rare and unique ecosystem while spotting birds and enjoying the beauty of the area. Bring water, snack or lunch, and dress in layers. Wear comfortable shoes. Binoculars are a must. Bird field guides are useful.
We will meet at the 5 Points Shopping Center (Carl’s Jr) at 6:45am and at the Kmart parking lot in Goleta at 7:00 am and car pool to the Oso Flaco Lake parking area. If you would like to meet us at the lake at 9am take Hwy 101 to Hwy 166 (Main street exit in Santa Maria and head west towards the town of Guadalupe. Turn right at the Hwy 1 intersection and go thru the town of Guadalupe. Travel 3 miles to the Oso Flaco Road. Turn left on Oso Flaco Road and proceed 3 miles to the parking lot.
There is a $5 entrance fee per car (or State Park Pass). There is no charge to park outside the entrance. Contact Jack Sanford for more information.
Venue: Lake Oso Flaco.  Email   Website
8/2/12 - Save the Date! -- Bird Walk at Lake Los Carneros Park, Goleta -- August 10
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This week's target birds: WATERFOWL & SONGBIRDS. No birding experience is necessary. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them.
Directions to Lake Los Carneros. Hwy 101 take the Los Carneros exit off ramp and head towards the mountains (Stow House on the right). Park behind the fire station.
The Friday Bird Walks are on the 2nd and 4th Friday (unless noted otherwise) of each month, from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.
For information, contact trip leader, Jack Sanford, at 566-2191 or by email to birdsandtennis@hotmail.com
Venue: Lake Los Carneros.  Email   Website
6/26/12 - Save the Date! -- Bird Walk at Atascadero Creek -- July 13
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SB Audubon sponsored and FREE to the public. This area is known as a local birding hotspot. It is an easy walk on mostly paved and some dirt trails. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about birds. Our groups range from beginners to the advanced birder.
Target Birds: Water Birds, song bird & raptors. Birds seen in the past include: American robin, Anna's hummingbird, Bewick's wren, Black phoebe, Black-headed grosbeak, Brewer's blackbirds, Brown-headed cowbird, California towhee, Spotted Towhee, Common yellowthroat, Cooper's Hawk, Goldfinch sp., Orange-crowned warbler, Oriole sp., Red-shouldered Hawk, Song sparrow, Spotted towhee, Swainson's Thrush, Turkey vulture, Western scrub jay, Western tanager, and Wrentit. A Hooded Warbler was seen in July 2004, so something extra special could show up!
Directions. From Hwy 101 take the Patterson off ramp and head towards the ocean. Park in the dirt area near the Atascadero Creek bridge.
**NOTE** 7:30 AM Start Time - summer hours. Trip leader: Jack Sanford. Jack will be coordinating twice monthly bird walks on two Friday mornings from 8:30 am - 10:30 am. The Friday Bird Walks are on the 2nd and 4th Friday (unless noted otherwise) of each month.
Venue: Atascadero Creek.  Website
6/17/12 - Save the Date! -- Program: Hummingbirds of Costa Rica -- June 27
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Hummingbirds are some of the most beautiful and unusual of birds, and are the second largest family of birds in the New World. They are found only in the Americas, most abundantly in the tropics where Costa Rica has over fifty species. Ralph Paonessa (RPPhoto.com) has photographed them, including specialized high speed photography to illustrate these tiny birds in flight.
The author’s photos can be found in magazines WildBird, Birder’s World, Birdwatcher’s Digest, Nature and Wildlife, Martha Stewart Living, and Outdoor Traveler.
Doors open 7:00 pm, hospitality and refreshments. Program starts 7:30 pm
Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Farrand Hall.  Website
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