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This rare Yellow-throated Warbler was photographed at Gaviota State Beach on 20 May, 2019.

Photo: David Levasheff

Yellow-throated Warbler

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The Breeding Bird Study (BBS) employs Google Fusion Tables to provide a database of accounts of breeding bird records in Santa Barbara County. These accounts can be filtered and viewed in lists or maps. This effort now contains input from many local observers. You can participate by submitting breeding bird data to the BBS portal through the Santa Barbara Audubon website.

Breeding Bird Study

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Posted May 5, 2019

The Channel Islands Live Bald Eagle Webcams provide an intimate view of the breeding and nesting behavior of Bald Eagles at the Channel Islands. There are currently two webcams available for viewing: Sauces Canyon Bald Eagle Webcam and Fraser Point Bald Eagle Webcam. Check in regularly to see eagle and fledgling activities.

Channel Islands Live

Bald Eagle Webcams >>

Posted March 24, 2019

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Beach closures are now in effect at several Santa Barbara County beaches for the federally protected Western Snowy Plover nesting season. Access is limited at Ocean Park, Surf Beach, and other public beaches on Vandenberg AFB to those with regular Base access. Guadalupe Beach is also included but is less restrictive. The season extends from March 1 - September 30 each year.

Western Snowy Plover

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Posted March 3, 2019