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This Fulvous Whistling-Duck was found on April 9, 2018 at Lake Los Carneros in Goleta.

Photo: Brad Hacker

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

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It’s time once again to document breeding birds for the 2018 season. In 2017, 564 new breeding records were submitted and the Breeding Bird Study database grew by about 11%. The 5527 records currently in the BBS represent 178 breeding species in the county. You can participate by observing nesting activity in 2018 and contributing to the Study. Information can be found at the SB Audubon BBS portal:

Santa Barbara County Breeding Bird Study

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Posted February 20, 2018

The Global Big Day results are in. Global Big Day was a lovely spring day in much of the United States, with new migrants arriving overnight, and lots of birds to find. The final US tally was 716. eBirders gathered more than 1.6 million bird sightings on 5 May. Did you participate? See the full story here:

Global Big Day Results

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Posted May 20, 2018

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BirdNote is a two-minute radio show that combines rich sounds with engaging stories, to illustrate the amazing lives of birds and give listeners a momentary respite from the news of the day. BirdNote shows are aired on public radio stations around the country every day and can be found online at any time. Stories about birds, the environment, and more:


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Posted May 20, 2018