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Up to three Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were found in March at Santa Barbara Shores County Park.

Photo: Glenn Kincaid

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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

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

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Western Snowy Plover

Posted March 19, 2017

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