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This rare winter Dickcissel was found at the Goleta Sanitary District Plant on 19 January.

Photo: Mark Holmgren


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Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. The GBBC is a free annual event where birders of all ages and skill level participate in a four day census to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. The next GBBC is February 12 - 15, 2016. Follow the link to sign up:

Great Backyard Bird Count >>

Posted January 3, 2016

Features and summaries for the 115th Christmas Bird Count (2014-2015 winter season) are available in online form through the link below. Santa Barbara, CA ranked second in the Nation in counts with 150 or more species:

Summary of the 2014-2015 CBC

115th CBC Summary >>

Posted January 10, 2016

In December a Lesser Black-backed Gull was added to the Santa Barbara County bird list bringing the total to 495 species. A countdown contest has begun to predict the next five species moving us to the 500 mark. If you would like to participate in the contest send your predictions to the webmaster.

Countdown to 500 >>

Countdown to 500

Posted February 7, 2016