Field Trips And Birding Adventures

In her new book, Joan brings you along on her field trips and birding adventures to nearby destinations in the Santa Barbara area.

Larry, Joan & Brad on Mt. Pinos

On Mount Pinos leading Santa Ynez Natural History Society field trip, 2015: left to right - Larry Ballard, me, Brad Schram. (Photo by J. Evarts)

Photo of Grace's Warbler

Grace's Warbler (Photo by C. Marantz).

Chasing Rare Birds

Our region’s reputation as a place to see vagrant birds is well-known. A Grace’s Warbler that returned for nine winters to a pine grove in Montecito became famous in the birding community.

Photo of Grace's Warbler

Graces Warbler (Photo by C. Marantz).

Shorebird Finds

Joan shares her fascination with shorebirds. Bar-tailed Godwits fly non-stop for a total of 6800 miles from their breeding grounds in Alaska to New Zealand every fall. One visited the Santa Ynez River Estuary for a few minutes in September 2018.

Photo of Bar-tailed Godwit. Photo by W. Fritz.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Photo by W. Fritz).

Photo of Pygmy Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl (Photo by C. Marantz).

Northern Pygmy-Owl

One of the first owls a beginning birder longs to see is the tiny pygmy-owl. An exciting day in the field was topped by Joan’s sighting of this little predator. Other birds were scolding and mobbing, which helped her spot it up Rattlesnake Canyon.

Photo of Pygmy Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl (Photo by C. Marantz).

Bird Classes

Teaching birding skills to groups was a highlight. The birding classes went out exploring all over the area. Pictured here is a day out at Rancho Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley.

Photo of Bird class, Santa Ynez Valley, 2005

Photo of Bird class, Santa Ynez Valley, 2005

Back Country Trips

Birding at the rock formation known as 'The Indian Princess,' 1984.

Back Country Trips

One of the ways of surveying the avifauna of our remote backcountry was to go on backpacking hikes, several of which are described in the book. This photo was taken by Joan’s Dad during one of our trips up to the Sierra Madre ridge.

Birding at the rock formation known as 'The Indian Princess,' 1984.

Birding at the rock formation known as 'The Indian Princess,' 1984.