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This Yellow-billed Cuckoo turned up in willows near Ellwood Mesa in Goleta.


Photo: Liz Muraoka

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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

Condor Cam >>

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

The Fifty-seventh Supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds is out (link >>) and among the changes is a split that adds Townsend’s Storm-Petrel to the county bird list. Other decisions involve name changes and a shuffling in the linear sequence of orders. These changes are now incorporated in the county bird list found here >>. Read this ABA Blog summary to learn more:

AOU Checklist Supplement

2016 AOU Supplement >>

Posted July 10, 2016