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This young male Garganey in Waller Park on November 24 in Santa Maria represents a third county record.

Photo: Bradley Hacker


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Below are the dates for the upcoming Santa Barbara County Christmas Bird Counts. Please visit the Santa Barbara Audubon Society website for further information about participating:

16 December - Carpinteria, 17 December - La Purisima, 23 December - Santa Maria/Guadalupe, 27 December - Cachuma, 30 December - Santa Barbara

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Christmas Bird Counts

Posted October 22, 2017

Finding a rare bird can be an exciting and rewarding part of birding. Convincing others of your sighting may not be as important as adding your observation to the scientific record. Here are some links with helpful information on properly documenting rare birds, and just in time for fall migration.

How to Document Rare Birds  >>

Elements of a Bird Description  >>

How to Write Convincing Details  >>

Documenting Rare Birds

Posted August 27, 2017

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free annual event where birders of all ages and skill level participate in a three day census to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. You can count in your yard, in a local park or a wildlife refuge. The next Great Backyard Bird Count takes place February 16-18, 2018. Visit the link below to learn more.

Great Backyard Bird Count

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Posted November 27, 2017