Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count

535px-Melanerpes_formicivorus_-Madera_Canyon,_Arizona,_USA_-female-8-2cThis year’s Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count will happen on Saturday, December 16, 2017. I’m working with the count’s founder Rob Denholtz to help get the word out. Check this page for updates and activities, and come out on count day and join us in a fun day of birdwatching!

To help raise awareness we’ll be holding a series of free classes and outings between now and December. The events are intended to be beginner-friendly, but everyone is welcome.


Class: Corvids, birding Carpinteria Creek
Wednesday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Carpinteria Veteran’s Hall, 941 Walnut Ave., Carpinteria

Outing: Carpinteria Creek
Saturday, September 23, 8 a.m.
Meet at the 8th Street Footbridge near Singing Springs Village, 5455 8th St., Carpinteria. We’ll birdwatch from the bridge, then walk the western creek bank south to 6th street and return. After, those who are sufficiently gung-ho can drive to the south end of Palm Avenue, just north of the railroad tracks, park there along Palm Ave., then walk into the State Beach Campground and east to the Carpinteria Creek Lagoon.


Class: Birds of prey, birding at the Carpinteria Bluffs
Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Carpinteria Veteran’s Hall, 941 Walnut Ave.

Outing: Carpinteria Bluffs

Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m.
Viola Fields parking area, Carpinteria Bluffs, 6145 Carpinteria Ave.
Meet at the south end of the parking lot, near the Lois Sidenberg Overlook. We’ll bird west along the coastal trail, possibly as far as the harbor seal overlook, and return.


Class: Waterfowl and shorebirds, birding at the Carpinteria salt marsh
Wednesday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Carpinteria Veteran’s Hall, 941 Walnut Ave.

Outing: Carpinteria Salt Marsh Lagoon
Saturday, November 18, 8 a.m.
Estero St. salt marsh entrance, 4193 Estero St. off Carpinteria Ave.
We’ll bird past the locked gate to the entrance lagoon and back. This is a fun trip to a part of the marsh that is normally off-limits to the public.


Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 16, 2017 (all day)

As we get closer to the count Rob and I will organize the different groups and assignments and make arrangements for the compilation dinner. Check this page for updates.

For more information, or to get on the email list for news about the Count, contact me at:

John Callender
(805) 455-0053