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This Dusky-capped Flycatcher was found near UCSB during the Santa Barbara CBC on 3, January, 2015.

Photo: Hugh Ranson

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Here is an excellent article by Don Roberson on the various races of White-crowned Sparrow found along the California coast.  With some practice you can identify the different types in our area.

White-crowned Sparrow Identification

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Posted Feb 22, 2015


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Paul Collins and Lee Jones have recently released an updated Checklist of the Birds of the California Channel Islands. It is the most up to date list of the avifauna of the Channel Islands - a compilation of more than 40 years of study. To order your copy click on the order form link below or visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to pick up your copy.

New Channel Islands Bird Checklist

Posted Mar 3, 2015

Channel Islands Checklist >> pdf


Lotusland, the amazing botanic garden in Montecito, California, is presenting FLOCK: Birds on the Brink from Feb. 28 to May 23. In addition to the breathtaking gardens, visitors will experience a contemporary art exhibit inspired by an environmental imperative – the global loss of wild bird populations and their role as indicators of the health of our planet. A series world renown speakers are accompanying the exhibit and they include some of the world’s top influencers in the study of and appreciation of birds. See the list of events here:

FLOCK: Birds on the Brink >>

Posted Jan 25, 2015