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Throughout the year, the Museum offers an exciting variety of programs designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the many facets of our natural world. Lectures and films provide opportunities to experience new ideas, develop new skills, meet active adults with similar interests, and learn from experts.

For more specific information about upcoming classes and workshops, please visit our calendar page.

Santa Barbara Audubon's February Program:
“SBAS Tree Swallow Nest Box Project”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
7:30- 9:00PM
Farrand HallBirds

The Tree Swallow naturally nests in tree cavities (often made by woodpeckers). Tree removal and grooming disturbs this habitat and is the likely reason why Tree Swallows dropped to the status of being an uncommon breeder around Santa Barbara and Ventura. Starting in the 1980s, Jan Wasserman in Ventura and later Dave Eldridge and Don Schroeder in Santa Barbara worked to reverse this trend by developing nest box programs. Steve Senesac continued their legacy in 2015 when he became the Science Chair for SBAS. He will discuss what SBAS has been doing to reinforce our efforts in this area and provide analysis of years of data that have produced a number of fascinating facts and identified thought-provoking trends.

Photo provided by Steve Senesac


Secrets of the Ness of Brodgar
A Stone-Age Complex in the Heart of
Neolithic Orkney, World Heritage Site

Thursday, March 2, 2017 
7:00-8:30 PM
Fleischmann Auditorium at the Museum

Buy Tickets Members $10; Non-members $12
Fleischmann Auditorium

Join Nick Card, Excavation Site Director, as he takes us on an
exploration of the Ness of Brodgar, a recently discovered,
unique 5,000 year old Neolithic complex, situated in the midst
of a World Heritage Site located in the Orkney Islands of
Scotland. This multi-award winning excavation is redefining our
perceptions of the Neolithic period in Britain and beyond.

Information: Contact Stefanie Coleman at
805-682-4711 ext. 170 or

Sponsored in part by Dr. Christel Bejenke Fund, Santa Barbara Archeological Society, and Paul and Sandy Russell.

TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean 
An enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide.
Thursday, May 28, 2017 
7:00-8:30 PM 
Farrand Hall at the Museum

Join writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White, the author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, as he takes readers across the globe on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide. Jonathan will highlight excerpts and stories from his travels ranging from discussions on tides with French monks to Arctic Inuit elders historical perspective on tidal spirits and the threats of rising sea level.

Buy Tickets $10 Members; $12 non-members 
Information: Call Stefanie Coleman 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or



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