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

Photo: Glenn Kincaid

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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Check out the ABA’s American Birding Podcast: 2017 Splits and Lumps, The AOS Episode. This podcast covers the potential splits coming our way. The American Birding Podcast is available at the following link, or you can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

ABA Birding Podcast

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Posted April 25, 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

The Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study is a collection of breeding bird records covering the county and projected on maps using Google Fusion Tables.  This study has expanded to include input from many observers documenting nearly 170 breeding species.  The effort is sponsored by Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UCSB and the Santa Barbara Audubon Society. Click this link to explore the BBS:

Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study

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Posted April 30, 2017