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One of two Laughing Gulls in the Goleta area in late May. This adult bird was photographed at Goleta Beach May 29.

Photo: Bradley Hacker

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The Whole Flock - Waterbirds Opening February 2016 at the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. “The Whole Flock” is a centennial exhibit of Audubon prints in three parts beginning in spring. This exhibit will feature related bird songs and the historic museum egg collection. The next exhibit, Waterbirds runs June 10-September 5, 2016. Visit the museum website for more information.

Audubon’s Birds of America >>

Posted February 23, 2016

Check out this live California Condor cam from Kofords Ridge located in the Sespe Condor Sanctuary in Ventura County. The condor cam is a collaboration between the Santa Barbara Zoo, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Live Condor Cam

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Posted April 24, 2016

This report is based on the first-ever conservation vulnerability assessment for all 1,154 native bird species that occur in Canada, the continental United States, and Mexico. The assessment was compiled by a team of experts from all three countries. Read the complete report here:

State of America’s Birds 2016 >>

The State of North America’s Birds

Posted June 5, 2016