Birdwatching in Santa Maria Valley
The unique geography of Santa Maria Valley provides an optimal environment for birdwatching thanks to its proximity to both the Pacific Ocean and oak woodland habitats.
Calling birders of all levels
Each December and January, birdwatchers gather together for the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
Birders in Santa Maria Valley have been counting birds in the annual count for nearly 40 years, heading out to search for as many species as possible within the Santa Maria Valley count circle, which spans 15 square miles, running along the coast. Participants in the 2020 bird count spotted 147 different species of birds.