Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) have a long history of over 100 years, and are sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Their CBC page is located at http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count . Results may be found here.
The local Santa Barbara Audubon Society which takes a leading role in habitat conservation and restoration among many other activities, and which arranges our compilation dinner at the Natural History Museum, is located at http://www.santabarbaraaudubon.org/ . Check this site for monthly presentations, free bird walks and field trips, and much more, as well as their newsletter El Tecolote.
The Santa Barbara Natural History Museum generously makes available their Fleischmann Auditorium for our compilation dinner, maintains our compiled bird count records, and has a long and storied relationship with local ornithology. Check out their remodeled bird hall! They are at http://www.sbnature.org/ .
Find out about local sightings and information concerning SB County birds at the yahoo group site http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sbcobirding/ .
For checklists, a regional birding guide, and much more, check out http://www.sbcobirding.com/ .
(photo above of female Williamson’s Sapsucker, taken in the pines at La Cumbre Peak, by Jared Dawson on December 29, 2011, during count week of the 112th Christmas Bird Count)