Online Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting this Thursday

Posted March 31st, 2020 by John Callender

Due to public health concerns we at Carpinteria Birdwatchers have temporarily cancelled our in-person meetings and group outings. Instead we will be holding online meetings via Zoom teleconference and YouTube livestream.

The first meeting will take place this Thursday, April 2, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The topic is Ocean Birds: seawatches, pelagic birding, shearwaters, albatrosses, auklets, skuas, and more.

The link to attend the Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting via Zoom will be sent by E-mail before the meeting. To attend the meeting just follow the link in that E-mail at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

The YouTube livestream of the meeting is here:

More details about viewing options for the meeting are on the following page:

I hope to see you on Thursday. Thanks!

— John Callender

Links for videos I plan to show during the meeting: – my video from the Island Packers pelagic trip on March 8, 2020 – Robert Flood’s video of Black-vented Shearwaters – Robert Flood’s video of Pink-footed Shearwaters – J Rothe’s video of a Sooty Shearwater – Erik Bruhnke’s video of a Parasitic Jaeger – channelislandsnps’s video on the black rat eradication program on Anacapa Island

2019 Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count

Posted October 15th, 2019 by John Callender

The next Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Participation is free, and everyone — all ages, all experience levels — is welcome! Sign up using the form here:

Carpinteria Christmas Count 2019 signup form

If you want to receive regular updates about the count you can subscribe to the count’s Google group (like a mailing list) here: Carpinteria CBC Participants (Google group). You can also look for updates on the count’s web page on this site.

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Posted March 26th, 2019 by John Callender

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching Fifteen months ago the hills…

Posted March 19th, 2019 by John Callender

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Fifteen months ago the hills above Carpinteria burned. Last Sunday I hiked up the Franklin Trail before dawn; this is what it looked like.

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Sea Level Rise Developments in Carpinteria

Posted March 14th, 2019 by John Callender

The city of Carpinteria recently completed the draft of its sea level rise adaptation strategy. This is part 2 of a larger document; part 1, the vulnerability assessment, came out in August 2018. In each case I offered comments on the city’s draft document; I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to discuss those comments with city officials at the meeting of the General Plan update committee this coming Monday.

My comments on each part of the document are available below:

More information is available in the series of YouTube videos I made on sea level rise in Carpinteria. The full text of the city’s vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan is available on the city’s General Plan update page.