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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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The Great Backyard Bird Count is a winter bird census from February 15 - 18, 2019. Birders of all ages and skill level counted birds to create a real-time snapshot of where bird species are across the continent. Visit the GBBC website link below to read through results and search photos:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count >>

Posted January 13, 2019

Project FeederWatch turns your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a winter-long (November-April) survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, community areas, and other locales in North America. Anyone interested in birds can participate. Join now for the 2018–19 season, which begins November 10 and runs through April 5.

Project FeederWatch

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Posted November 4, 2018

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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