Articles From : SBAS
Presented by Kian and Joel Schulman
Rodenticides are abundant throughout the ecosystem from residential and commercial usage, poisoning wildlife predator species including owls, hawks, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions at 80% to 90% exposure rates. Presenters Kian and Joel Schulman will discuss how this is unnecessary and describe alternative methods. Recent efforts to protect wildlife at the city, county, and state level will be presented.
Presented by Frank DeMartino
Ecologist and nature photographer Satie Airame, together with cycad expert and eco-tour guide Jeff Chemnick, birded the Manu Road for the first time in June 1999. Twenty years later, in May 2019, they returned with 3 birding guides from 3 continents: Alfred Twinomujuni from Uganda, Phub Dorji from Bhutan, and Raphael Santos from Brazil. This multinational birding team never met before but bonded quickly over their shared passion and expertise.
In 3 weeks, the team saw and heard 538 bird species and photographed many birds in their natural habitats.
Let us introduce the young members of your family to the fun of bird watching! All kids ages 8 – 16 are welcome with a responsible adult. Experienced naturalists will teach Birding Basics and a Binocular Boot Camp (bring some binoculars or borrow ours), then guide you on a walk around Lake Los Carneros. Learn how to identify, record, and tally the bird species observed, then take your very own bird list home as a souvenir! Snacks generously provided by Trader Joe’s.
The natural history of New Zealand has produced a distinctive collection of avifauna—over half of New Zealand’s native birds are found nowhere else on earth! New Zealand’s native birds face unique threats, and many species are at risk or endangered. New Zealand has been at the forefront of developing innovative approaches to counter these threats. This talk will touch on the evolution of New Zealand’s native birds, their present status, and some of the strategies that have been developed to save them from extinction.
Speaker, Dr. Sarah Otterstrom
Paso Pacifico is a Ventura-based non-profit that works to protect these ecosystems in western Central America. Executive Director Sarah Otterstrom will share stories of the challenges and rewards of practicing conservation in the region. She’ll talk about Paso Pacifico’s migratory bird program (including its MoSI bird-banding stations and Willow Flycatcher monitoring), and the organization’s efforts to transform interactions between local people and birds through a slingshot-for-binoculars exchange and junior ranger programs.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.