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This juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron at Santa Barbara Harbor in July represents a third county record.

Photo: Hugh Ranson

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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Rock Wren © Roger Zachary


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BirdNote offers two-minute radio shows that combine rich sounds with engaging stories illustrating the amazing lives of birds. BirdNote shows are aired on public radio stations around the country every day and can be found online at any time. Each show is scheduled to coincide with the time of year when it’s possible to see or hear the featured bird. Check out BirdNote:


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Posted July 5, 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