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This wintering Vermilion Flycatcher was photographed on 28 January at Jack O’Connell Park in Guadalupe.

Photo: Jamie Chavez

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The Tricolored Blackbird is a near-endemic California passerine and the most colonial songbird in North America. The 2017 Tricolored Blackbird Statewide Survey will be conducted from April 7 through April 9. This year's statewide survey is especially important to document the status of the species due to its recent rapid decline in abundance. If you would like to participate in this year's statewide survey visit the website below and use the Contact Us link:

Tricolored Blackbird Survey

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Posted January 15, 2017

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. The next GBBC will take place February 17-20, 2017. Visit the GBBC website to learn more and to sign up for the 2017 count: >>

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Posted December 4, 2016

Joan Lentz and Libby Patten have assembled a helpful seasonal birding table to summarize where to go birding by season in Santa Barbara County. The information includes North County and South County locations and is geared toward intermediate birders, although experienced birders will also benefit from the information. You can download this Word document at the following link:

Seasonal Birding Table

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Posted January 8, 2017