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This adult American Golden-Plover was found at the Santa Maria Sewage Plant on 18 June.

Photo: Tom Turner

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Each year the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum hosts a competition of the finest bird art in the world. The Wildling Museum in Solvang is hosting this national traveling exhibition called, Birds in Art. Sixty pieces of the submitted artworks will be traveling the country, and these will be on display at the Wildling Museum in Solvang. Visit the following link to learn more:

Birds in Art at the Wildling Museum

Birds in Art >>

Posted May 17, 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


Time to brush up on shorebird identification just in time for “fall” migration. Here is a great article from ABA:


Identification of NA Peeps >> pdf

Posted June 22, 2015