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  • SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: The Condor in Captivity–Breeding a Species on the Edge
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    SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: The Condor in Captivity–Breeding a Species on the Edge

    Join us for an evening with impressive high school senior Teodelina Martelli, when she will present on the conservation and management methods that rescued the California Condor from extinction, including the riveting history about how these methods were developed just in time. Teodelina will report on her experiences in the field and update us with news on the current state of the condor.

  • SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: Feathers and Flight: A Journey to the New World Tropics
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    SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: Feathers and Flight: A Journey to the New World Tropics

    Delving into topics of migration, tropical speciation, and bio-diversity, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz will share his dazzling photos, videos, and animated story-telling to bring a slice of the tropics to California. This media-rich journey will highlight some of the fascinating and unique birds that inhabit the new-world tropics. Sure to both educate and entertain, this presentation will leave you with a deeper understanding of tropical ecology and knowledge about where some of our backyard birds spend their winters.

  • SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: An Alternative to Rodenticides: Ventura County’s Raptor Pilot Study for Levee Protection
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    SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: An Alternative to Rodenticides: Ventura County’s Raptor Pilot Study for Levee Protection

    The Ventura County Watershed Protection District (WPD) maintains 56 dams and over 40 miles of levees which are highly susceptible to rodent burrow damage from ground squirrels. WPD developed and completed a Raptor Pilot Study to determine if owls and hawks can be attracted to a flood-control levee and provide better protection from ground squirrels than traditionally applied rodenticides.

  • SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: 50 years of protection
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    SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: 50 years of protection

    2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the landmark law that has protected nearly 2,000 miles of rivers and streams in California. CalWild’s Steve Evans will present a historical overview of both the state and federal wild and scenic rivers systems and how they protect streams in the Santa Barbara region, like the Sisquoc River and Sespe Creek.

  • SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: The Natural History of Acorn Woodpeckers
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    SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: The Natural History of Acorn Woodpeckers

    Thomas Kraft received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College in 2016, with a focus on the socioecology of tropical rainforest hunter-gatherers. Tom worked under Dr. Walt Koenig at Hastings Natural History Reservation to study acorn woodpeckers and their interactions with oak trees. After graduation, he moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara, for a postdoctoral scholar position in the Department of Anthropology. Tom’s current interests focus on the social behaviors and health of subsistence populations in the tropics.

  • SB Audubon Winter Bird Count 4 Kids
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    SB Audubon Winter Bird Count 4 Kids

    This will be led by experienced naturalists, who will teach Birding Basics and a Binocular Boot Camp (bring some or borrow ours). They will take you on a guided walk around Lake Los Carneros where they will teach you how to identify, record, and tally the bird species observed. You can then take your very own bird list home as a souvenir! Snacks will be provided. Free t-shirts to the first 75 kids.
    PLEASE PARK IN THE OVERFLOW PARKING AREA NEXT TO THE STOW HOUSE PARKING LOT. SIGN-IN TABLE WILL BE ON THE GROUNDS OF THE SOUTH COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM.

  • SB Audubon Friday Morning BirdWalk
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    SB Audubon Friday Morning BirdWalk

    Beginners and experts are welcome to join us on our Friday morning bird walk at UCSB's North Campus Open Space. Come see the recently restored upper arms of Devereux Slough! Meet at the Whittier Drive access/parking lot just off Storke Road in Goleta, where we'll start the search for shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and other avian surprises! Good walking shoes are advised.

  • SB Audubon program: the "Bhutiful Bhurds" of Bhutan
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    SB Audubon program: the "Bhutiful Bhurds" of Bhutan

  • SB Audubon program: Birds I Will Never Forget
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    SB Audubon program: Birds I Will Never Forget

  • SB Audubon Program: North Campus Open Space: Restoring the Upper Arms of Devereux Slough
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    SB Audubon Program: North Campus Open Space: Restoring the Upper Arms of Devereux Slough

    Speaker Lisa Stratton, Ph.D., will present “From Golf Course to Wetland,” a brief (17-minute) film about how the restoration project evolved, followed by a presentation on the project in action — from moving the dirt to building the bridges, planting the plants and documenting the functions for birds and hydrology.

  • SB Audubon Program: Free Screening of "BROKE: The SB Oil Spill of 2015"
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    SB Audubon Program: Free Screening of "BROKE: The SB Oil Spill of 2015"

    This film produced and directed by SB Audubon member, Gail Osherenko, documents the break in Plains All-American’s pipeline in May 2015. That spill sent 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto the Gaviota coast and into the ocean, closing two state beaches, affecting 150 miles of coastline, and killing over 300 sea birds and marine mammals.

  • SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: SB County Breeding Bird Study
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    SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: SB County Breeding Bird Study

    The Santa Barbara County Breeding Bird Study (BBS) is a database of avian breeding sightings countywide. It currently contains more than 5,500 records! Adrian and Mark will describe the timing and distribution of breeding activities of common breeding species. They will demonstrate an easy online method for submitting a breeding record and how BBS data can be used for scientific and conservation purposes.

  • SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: Endemic and Near Endemic Birds of Cuba
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    SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: Endemic and Near Endemic Birds of Cuba

    This evening our speaker, Dennis Ringer, Emeritus ProEmeritus Professor of Anthropology and American Ethnic Studies at Santa Barbara City College, will share photos and experiences from his 10-day birding/cultural tour of Cuba.

    Dennis retired in 2006 after 37 years of teaching. He took Joan Lentz’s birding class in 2007 and he has been “hooked” on birding ever since. A friend gave Dennis a camera to add to his basic birding gear in 2008 and “everything” changed again. For Dennis, seeing the birds always comes first and then, the photographs.

  • Santa Barbara Audubon's Winter Bird Count 4 kids
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    Santa Barbara Audubon's Winter Bird Count 4 kids

    Sign-in table will be in the vicinity of the Stow House parking lot, 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta. The first 75 kids to sign in that day will receive a free t-shirt! Event will be held rain or shine.

  • SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: Saving Bolsa Chica
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    SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: Saving Bolsa Chica

    Orange County’s 1200-acre Bolsa Chica Wetland is a textbook example of how the perseverance of a group of private citizens can block the destruction of a major ecological resource. Through slides and a video, David and Margaret Carlberg will relate their personal experience in one of the most successful environmental battles in the state’s history.

  • SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: Saving Bolsa Chica
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    SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: Saving Bolsa Chica

    Orange County’s 1200-acre Bolsa Chica Wetland is a textbook example of how the perseverance of a group of private citizens can block the destruction of a major ecological resource. Through slides and a video, David and Margaret Carlberg will relate their personal experience in one of the most successful environmental battles in the state’s history.

  • SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: A Bird's Eye View of SW Florida
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    SB Audubon Evening Monthly Program: A Bird's Eye View of SW Florida

    Once nothing but swampland and scrubby forests, Southwest Florida has been subject to many environmental challenges. Thanks in part to the National Audubon Society, birds once on the brink of extinction are now protected and can easily be viewed from the Everglades National Park to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, through the 10,000 Islands and into Audubon’s own Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Come enjoy the tales and photos of this remarkably avian-rich corner of the country by educator, writer and guide, Holly Sherwin. Event will be held in Farrand Hall. Doors open at 7:00PM.

  • SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: Climate Change and Us
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    SB Audubon Monthly Evening Program: Climate Change and Us

    Karl Hutterer will present some of the basic facts about climate change: where we currently are in terms of changing climates and their effects, and what experts are predicting. Then he will address what each one of us can do to help our planet to “break the fever”. Program is in Farrand Hall at the S.B. Museum of Natural History. It is free and open to all. Doors open at 7:00PM. Please join us!