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Santa Barbara Audubon Society
updated: Aug 02, 2014, 10:00 AM

Santa Barbara Audubon Society's Mission:

To help conserve and restore the earth's natural ecosystems and improve its biological diversity, principally in the Santa Barbara area, and to connect people with birds and nature through education, science-based projects and advocacy.

We have two main areas of work: education and conservation.

In the education category, we offer free monthly programs, free bird walks twice a month, and free field trips once a month. We house rescued raptors in our aviary at the Natural History Museum where they can be visited between 2:00-4:00 each day. These birds travel to schools as part of a curriculum we developed to enrich science instruction in elementary classrooms.

Eyes in the Sky (EITS) is our primary education program. Visitors enjoy the Audubon Aviary at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Educational priorities include projects that focus on children and families, school and community, and recreational birding.

Bird Walk

A major thrust of our chapter is habitat preservation and restoration. Guided by Santa Barbara Audubon's mission, the Conservation Committee plans, organizes and acts upon identified local issues.

The Conservation and Science Committees meet jointly on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the SBAS office.

In conservation, we work to protect birds and their habitats, especially in Santa Barbara County. We helped start the Snowy Plover Project at Coal Oil Point.

Snowy Plovers, photo by Callie Bowdish

We recently spoke up for the protection of condors in the proposed Cuyama Solar Project. We strive to uphold creek setbacks and other protections for birdlife. Our Eco-Dog's Beach Guide encourages sharing our beaches with birds that depend on them for their survival. This month we were recognized by the Goleta City Council for our restoration work at Lake Los Carneros.

Honored by Goleta City Council

These are a few of the activities of Santa Barbara Audubon, started in 1963, and 1200 members strong. All are welcome to join. Learn more about us at santabarbaraaudubon.org or at our Open House on Oct 19 (10:00-4:00) at the Natural History Museum.

 

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