Staff Report

Santa Barbara Audubon Society will hold its annual Winter Bird Count 4 Kids from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at Lake Los Carneros Park, 304 N. Los Carneros Road in Goleta.

Through the support of the city of Goleta, Audubon is able to offer this free introduction to the fun of birdwatching for young people, ages 8 to 16.  All budding birdwatchers must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

A sign-in table will be near the Stow House parking lot. The first 75 kids to sign in that day will receive a free T-shirt. The event will be held rain or shine.

After sign-in and orientation at “Binocular Boot Camp,” participants will be guided around the lake by an experienced naturalist, recording the bird species they observe on their souvenir bird checklists.  Everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars, but thanks to the UCSB Associated Students Coastal Fund, Audubon is able to loan some to the youthful participants.

Free snacks will be provided by Trader Joe’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Smart & Final.

Call 805-964-1468 for more information, or go to the Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s website at