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A Birder’s Guide to Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Audubon
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NORTH COAST Includes nearshore waters, sandy beaches, rocky coastline, estuaries, dune scrub, and coastal foothills. Vandenberg SFB comprises much of the north coast. Population centers include the cities of Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Lompoc
INTERIOR & MOUNTAINS Interior lowlands are characterized by oak savanna, grasslands, riparian woodlands, vineyards, oak covered foothills, montane coniferous forest. Lake Cachuma is the largest freshwater lake. Towns include Buellton, Los Olivos, Solvang, and Santa Ynez
SOUTH COAST From Pt. Conception east to Rincon Pt. Includes nearshore waters, coastal bluffs, sandy beaches, sloughs and estuaries, foothill canyons, county and city parks. Population centers include the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Carpinteria
CUYAMA VALLEY An arid, semi-desert region characterized by foothills, canyons and grassland along the length of the Sierra Madre Range, pinyon pine and juniper woodland, sagebrush, extensive agriculture areas of alfalfa, pistachios, and vineyards on the valley floor

The following key symbols are used on each guide page:


sp | su | fa | wi

Best seasons for observing the greatest variety of birds (spring, summer, fall, or winter)



Map icon takes you to the eBird Hotspot map. Many surrounding Hotspots may be worth exploring. These are indicated by +



eBird Hotspot link for the described location. You can search all species and recent sightings from this eBird Hotspot. Often there are multiple Hotspots in an area


The location has either a day use, camping, entrance or parking fee associated with it

CHANNEL ISLANDS Includes the northern Channel Islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara Island in the southern Channel Islands. Offshore waters including the Santa Barbara Channel. Rocky coastline, coves and anchorages, grasslands, and island chaparral