Carpinteria Birdwatchers

Carpinteria Birdwatchers are a group of people in and around Carpinteria, CA, who enjoy birdwatching. We have evening birdwatching classes and morning birdwatching outings once a month. All classes and outings are free and open to all ages and ability levels.

Classes are held on the third Wednesday of each month (usually) at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Carpinteria Public Library on Carpinteria Avenue.

We also do a low-key birdwatching outing somewhere around Carpinteria on the Saturday after each class.

January 2020 update:

We have two topics scheduled for the evening class on Wednesday, January 15, 2020:

  • Herons and Allies — All about those curvy-necked, long-legged waders
  • Lake Los Carneros — An overview of one of the best places in southern Santa Barbara County to go birdwatching: Goleta’s Lake Los Carneros

For our outing on Saturday, January 18 I wanted to try something new and a little ambitious: a longer-distance field trip to Lake Los Carneros in Goleta. Carpools are encouraged; I can take up to 4 additional people with me. Send me an email at or call me at 805-455-0053, or check in with me at the Wednesday class on January 15, to make arrangements.

Hope to see you at one or both of these events!

— John Callender

January Class Details:

  • When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Carpinteria Public Library multipurpose room, 5141 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria (detailed directions below)
  • Subject: Herons and Allies; Lake Los Carneros

January Outing Details:

  • When: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lake Los Carneros, Goleta
  • Directions: From Carpinteria drive northbound on Highway 101 to the Los Carneros exit in Goleta. Turn right and drive 0.4 miles north (continuing straight past the roundabout) to the parking lot for Stow House and the South Coast Railroad Museum. Note: Those wishing to meet me (John Callender) for carpool purposes can do so at the Smart & Final parking lot on Linden Avenue in Carpinteria, on the side of the parking lot near the Linden Avenue seal fountain. We’ll be leaving that location at 8:00 a.m. My plan is to spend 2 hours at Lake Los Carneros (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), returning to our starting location in the Smart & Final parking lot around 11:00 a.m.

Things to bring:

  • Binoculars (if you have them)
  • Clothing and footwear suitable for walking
  • Sun protection
  • Water

Directions for all Wednesday evening classes:

Classes are held at:

Carpinteria Public Library multipurpose room
5141 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013

If you face the library from Carpinteria Avenue the multipurpose room is on the right (west) side of main library building. It is attached to the library building, but has its own entrance facing the street.

Mailing list

To be notified of upcoming classes and outings you can subscribe to the following Google group (like an email list) by sending an email to this address:
…or by visiting the group’s web page at:!forum/carpinteria-birdwatchers/join

Questions? Contact John Callender,, or call 805-455-0053.