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This Dusky-capped Flycatcher was found near UCSB during the Santa Barbara CBC on 3, January, 2015.

Photo: Hugh Ranson

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

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Celebrating 50 years of nest monitoring, NestWatch is a nationwide monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds. Participating in NestWatch is easy and just about anyone can do it. Simply follow the directions on the website to become a certified NestWatcher, find a bird nest using the helpful tips, visit the nest every 3-4 days and record what you see, and then report this information on to website. Learn how here:

NestWatch - Cornell Lab of Ornithology >>

Posted Apr 12, 2015


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Paul Collins and Lee Jones have recently released an updated Checklist of the Birds of the California Channel Islands. It is the most up to date list of the avifauna of the Channel Islands - a compilation of more than 40 years of study. To order your copy click on the order form link below or visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to pick up your copy.

New Channel Islands Bird Checklist

Posted Mar 3, 2015

Channel Islands Checklist >> pdf


Lotusland, the amazing botanic garden in Montecito, California, is presenting FLOCK: Birds on the Brink from Feb. 28 to May 23. See the list of events here:

FLOCK: Birds on the Brink >>

Posted Jan 25, 2015