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This returning Lesser Black-backed Gull was photographed at Ocean Park near Lompoc on 13 February, 2019.

Photo: Wes Fritz

Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Last May, more than 30,000 people took to fields and forests around the world, noting more than 7,000 species in a single day—Global Big Day. On May 4, 2019 birding’s biggest day is coming back. Wherever you are in the world, you can be a part of birding’s next world record!

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Posted March 24, 2019

The Channel Islands Live Bald Eagle Webcams provide an intimate view of the breeding and nesting behavior of Bald Eagles at the Channel Islands. There are currently two webcams available for viewing: Sauces Canyon Bald Eagle Webcam and Fraser Point Bald Eagle Webcam. Check in regularly to see eagle and fledgling activities.

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Posted March 24, 2019

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Beach closures are now in effect at several Santa Barbara County beaches for the federally protected Western Snowy Plover nesting season. Access is limited at Ocean Park, Surf Beach, and other public beaches on Vandenberg AFB to those with regular Base access. Guadalupe Beach is also included but is less restrictive. The season extends from March 1 - September 30 each year.

Western Snowy Plover

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Posted March 3, 2019