Birds & Other Animals


FrogWatch USA is a project sponsored by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums that provides the opportunity to learn about wetlands. Volunteers learn to recognize local frog and toad calls, and then record what they hear on a survey data sheet. Data is collected nationally from February through August, when frogs are making mating vocalizations. Training is held in January at Santa Barbara City College and in February at the Santa Barbara Zoo; it is a 2-part training, a total of four hours split between two dates. Join us in documenting our Garden frogs!

Please email Hannah Kistner for more information or to sign up for training.


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society launched eBird in 2002. As a global birding tool, eBird provides a rich source of data on bird abundance and distribution across the western hemisphere. Here at the Garden, Rebecca Coulter, Volunteer Manager at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and birder extraordinaire regularly leads morning bird walks to count and observe the multitude of birds that call the Garden home. Click here to explore the data collected across Santa Barbara County throughout the years.

See the birds that have been observed at the Garden on Rebecca Coulter's morning bird walk, and by other eBird participants?here. To register for Rebecca's next morning bird walk and join the action, see our?Classes & Events.

Christmas Bird Count

Each year, birders have met to document bird species. Santa Barbara was among the first communities to join, and is so rich in bird species, we regularly come in first or second in the nationwide effort. The Garden is an official site for the Christmas Bird Count.

For more information, please visit the local Audubon Society Chapter.