We are excited to be hosting our annual fundraiser for education programs, the Mission Creek Soiree, on Saturday, May 18. For this special event, the Museum Backyard, Santa Barbara Gallery, Mammal Hall, and Bird Halls are temporarily closed to the public. The Museum will close early at 3:30 PM. But don't worry, there's plenty more to explore all over campus, including a sneak peek of our new dinosaur exhibit Prehistoric Forest!

Recently Asked

“Hi there, I want to encourage owls in my backyard. Should I put up an owl box for them? Where’s the best place for it? Thanks!”
Julie, Carpinteria - April 16, 2018

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“Dear Curator, I saw a snake in my yard. It didn’t rattle, but I think it was a rattlesnake. The head looked pretty triangular. What should I do if it comes back?”
Diego, Santa Barbara - April 16, 2018

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“Help! I found a little snake in my house! It was olive green with a red band around the neck and a bright red underside. Never seen one before around here. Is this some kind of exotic invader? I feel...”
Ted, Goleta - April 16, 2018

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“Hello Curators, I have rats at my house. :( I don’t want to use poison because I know that can make predators sick when they eat poisoned animals. What can I do? Thanks for your help.”
Nicole, Santa Barbara - April 16, 2018

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“I have some bats living in the wall of my garage.  I am replacing the siding on the garage and need to relocate them.  What is the best thing to do?  ”
Bruce, Mission Canyon - April 18, 2018

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“Hello, My work colleague found what appears to be a very tiny nest. I have attached 2 photos. Can you tell us what sort of creature built such a nest? And is the museum interested in taking the nest...”
Suzanne, Santa Barbara - May 23, 2018

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“We have a wildlife camera in our yard on the Riviera and captured these two critters the night of 7/21. (See the face of #2 at the lower left edge of the photo.) Not enough tail for bobcat, not enough...”
Leslie, Santa Barbara's Riviera - July 22, 2018

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“I came across a bone while I was walking on the beach.  Do you know what animal it came from and what part it is?  Thanks!”
Dawn, Goleta (bone found at Haskells, going west) - December 7, 2018

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“I found this dark heavy bone while walking on the beach after the storm on Friday night. What is it? Could it be part of a sea lion? Why is it black and super heavy? ”
Benjamin Van Heusden, Santa Barbara - January 14, 2019

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“Our kitchen window in the Shadow Hills development at the top end of Via Chaparral looks across about 325 yards to the opposite side of San Antonio Canyon in the vicinity of the dam.  On a number of o...”
Doug Caldow, Santa Barbara - January 31, 2019

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“I have a nest that blew out of a tree in the recent storms.  I’m pretty sure it is a squirrel’s nest   Online I read that it is possible to get certain diseases from squirrels.  Does this apply to the...”
Susan Hopkins, Goleta - February 4, 2019

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