New Film Offers Bird’s-eye View of Lake Los Carneros Wildlife | Outdoors

Posted on June 25, 2022
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Lake Los Carneros is owned and managed by the city of Goleta. (Tom Bolton/Noozhawk photo)

Santa Barbara Audubon Society (SBAS) and prize-winning filmmaker Michael Love have produced “Birds of Lake Los Carneros,” which was shot at Lake Los Carneros Natural and Historical Preserve (LLC). The preserve is owned and managed by the city of Goleta.

The film is rich in bird conservation, local history, and ecology. Footage includes iconic shots of hummingbirds, predators and new chicks, as well as other important wildlife around the lake.

“Birds of Lake Los Carneros” celebrates local and migrating birds at LLC; raises awareness about the importance of the open space for providing critical habitat to avifauna and other wildlife; and inspires community environmental stewardship and nature conservation of this site.

Love and cinematographer Elliot Lowndes capture an abundance of biological diversity in the seven-minute film. To view the film, visit

Guest appearances in “Birds of Lake Los Carneros” include Peter Thompson, SBAS Board field trips chair, leading a group that included Goleta Councilman Stuart Kasdin birding with local students at LLC.

Original music was composed for the film by Raphael Atlas, professor emeritus of music at Smith College.

“Working with Santa Barbara Audubon Society is a real pleasure, the people are wonderful, the topics are ones that are important to us as nature filmmakers, we learn more about local birds and always end up with a richer understanding of the natural world than when we began,” Love said.

“We love to collaborate with Sage Hill Films on educational outreach projects such as ‘Birds of Lake Los Carneros’ that inspire protection of birds and open spaces in Santa Barbara County and clearly communicate the mission of our organization,” said Katherine Emery, SBAS executive director.

“The history of LLC is fascinating and the film’s in-depth content about birds and the lake’s ecology is unparalleled,” she said. “Working with Michael, a gifted nature storyteller, is always a joy.”

The Santa Barbara Audubon Society thanks Sage Hill Films, SBAS members, and the greater community for working together to protect the birds and the LLC preserve. The film was made possible by a grant from the Mosher Foundation.

For more about SBAS and how to join, visit


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