Birds & Other Animals


FrogWatch USA is a community science project sponsored by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums that provides the opportunity to learn about wetlands in your community by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers are the foundation of the FrogWatch USA community – trained volunteers listen for frogs and toads during evenings from February through August and submit these observations to a national online database. 

FrogWatch training for the Santa Barbara area is now online! Become a certified volunteer for FrogWatch USA to directly contribute to their conservation. After four webinar training sessions, you’ll be able to identify the calls of nine frogs and toads local to Santa Barbara and participate in this national monitoring program.

Please visit the Santa Barbara Zoo FrogWatch website or email [email protected] for more information or to complete your online 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.

The Garden's Bird List

A list was compiled of all the bird species recorded in the Garden under the direction of Dr. Robert Muller, Director of Research at the Garden, and by local birders Larry Ballard, Louis Bevier, and Florence Sanchez. Special thanks are given to the many birders who also contributed. The list can be viewed on our Garden Bird List page.