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This Fulvous Whistling-Duck was found on April 9, 2018 at Lake Los Carneros in Goleta.

Photo: Brad Hacker

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

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On 5 May 2018, Global Big Day is back. Wherever you are in the world, go eBirding on 5 May to be a part of birding’s biggest day! If you submit your birds to eBird they count. Use the website or mobile app, whichever you prefer. You don’t need to be a bird expert, or to go out all day long. Even ten minutes from your backyard will help.  Learn how to take part:

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Global Big Day

Posted March 25, 2018

It’s time once again to document breeding birds for the 2018 season. In 2017, 564 new breeding records were submitted and the Breeding Bird Study database grew by about 11%. The 5527 records currently in the BBS represent 178 breeding species in the county. You can participate by observing nesting activity in 2018 and contributing to the Study. Information can be found at the SB Audubon BBS portal:

Santa Barbara County Breeding Bird Study

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Posted February 20, 2018

The Channel Islands’ isolation over thousands of years has created a unique environment for rare species of birds. Our 2.5-3 hour kayaking and birding tour gives you the opportunity to explore Santa Cruz Island’s birding sanctuaries from the view of a kayak. As you paddle along the rugged shoreline, find Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants nesting on the cliff edges and Pigeon Guillemots flying in and out of their nests in rock wall crevices as we paddle through sea caves, California Brown Pelicans flying above and diving into the crystalline waters surrounding the Channel Islands, with the occasional Peregrine Falcon or Osprey appearing. After getting off the water, we’ll explore the island on foot in search of the endemic Island Scrub Jay! The kayaking and birding tour is an incredible opportunity for birders to take their passion to the next level in this truly diverse and unique part of California’s coast. *20% of the profits from this tour will go to the Santa Barbara Audubon Society. To sign up go to:

Birding by Kayak Tour: June 3, 2018

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Posted April 15, 2018