Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study

The Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study (SB BBS) maps more than 4570 records of 170 species of birds breeding in Santa Barbara County, with records dating back to the 1930s. The majority of the data comes from a Field Note Archive held at the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER). The archive is based on data gathered from UCSB environmental study contracts, from consultants’ efforts in places such as the SB Municipal Airport, and from conscientious local birders. The increasing amount of citizen-contributed data, community support, and lack of a similar resource has resulted in the Study’s online debut on the CCBER website. An interactive, user-friendly web application, Google Fusion Tables, was chosen to present the BBS to the public. Below is a limited version of the Google Fusion Table (GFT).

Click here to access the full GFT.


To contribute data, choose an option below:


Online: this link will let you submit data directly through the Audubon Society's website. Follow the directions on the page. If you have any questions or comments, contact Mark Holmgren (


Excel: this link will download an Excel data entry file. Best for those who know Excel. Download this file that includes brief instructions on the data needed. Add your observation. Save the file with your name and date in the new file name, send to Mark Holmgren (


PDF: this link will download a fillable PDF data entry file. Best for those who do not use Excel. Download this file. Save the file with your name and date in the new file name, send to Mark Holmgren (



Device Guidance

Output: The SB BBS works through a Google Fusion Table. This is best viewed on a monitor or tablet. It is difficult but not impossible to view on a smartphone.

Input: The Excel file and the PDF are best used on a home computer or tablet.


Click here for Additional Information on:

  • Background & History

  • User Benefits

  • Breeding Bird Study vs. eBird

  • How to Navigate and Filter

  • Finding GPS Coordinates

  • Measuring Certainty

  • Dealing with Sensitive Records