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This Inca Dove was found in March at a private residence near Orcutt and represents a first county record.

Photo: Jamie Chavez

Inca Dove

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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 Guadalupe Beach, Ocean Park, Surf Beach, and other public beaches on Vandenberg AFB to those with regular Base access. Guadalupe Beach. The season extends from March 1 - September 30 each year.

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Snowy Plover Nesting Season

Posted March 9, 2014


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The triennial Tricolored Blackbird Statewide Survey will take place this year April 18-20. Local birders to contribute to the Santa Barbara County monitoring effort . Contact Maggie Sherriffs (maggiesherriffs AT for a list of known nesting sites in SBA County if you would like to participate in this census.

Tricolored Blackbird Survey

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Posted March 9, 2014

Unique to birds and their dinosaur ancestors, feathers have evolved into impressive biological structures that come in a surprising diversity of colors and forms. New from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is this interactive tool to help curious minds of all ages learn about these impressive structures. Visit the All About Feathers web site to learn more:

All About Feathers

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Posted April 13, 2014