Parks are located on City land from the Pacific Ocean to the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The diversity in City plant and wetland communities provides roosting, foraging, and breeding habitat for several and wildlife species.
Many City Parks, especially Open Space Parks, provide opportunities for bird and wildlife viewing. City Beaches and the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge are excellent birding opportunities for shorebirds. Shoreline Park provides an overlook for whale watching. Parks adjacent to creeks provide opportunities to view riparian (creek corridor) birds and wildlife, including Rattlesnake Canyon Trail, Parma Park, Douglas Family Preserve (adjacent to Arroyo Burro Creek), Stevens, Oak, Honda Valley, La Mesa, Skofield and Hidden Valley parks. The dense tree canopies of Stevens, Parma, and Honda parks provide bird and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Interested in learning more about birding hotspots in Santa Barbara? Want to know what time of year to see certain species? Visit ebird.org to explore data and submit your observations.