The Museum's outdoor spaces are now open to the public. We have different activities each day, so check our calendar to plan your visit. Reserve tickets at sbnature.org/tickets. Indoor spaces and the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf are temporarily closed.

Recently Asked

“Hi, When I go to Coal Oil Point I always see a lot of tasty-lookin’ mussels. Can I harvest/eat those?”
Bruce, Goleta - April 17, 2018

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“Hi Curator, A couple years ago I saw this thing on the beach that was an absolute mystery. It was mostly transparent, and at first I thought it might be a piece of plastic, but when I looked at it cl...”
Jan, Goleta - April 17, 2018

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“What can be done about the loss of monarch butterfly habatat and their exclusive milk weed food? What can be done to restore the Ellwood Mesa monarch overwintering site? There is information here: h...”
Larry Dighera, More Mesa - May 7, 2018

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“Hi Curators, I keep finding rocks on the beach around here with many small, perfectly round holes in them. Is this a human-made thing, or something natural?”
Dan, Santa Barbara - July 12, 2018

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“My son and I found this little guy on a walk up to Nojoqui falls. I think it must be a moth but I've never seen one like this. Is the museum interested in hearing about every odd plant and bug we find...”
Christian, Goleta - July 12, 2018

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“An Edhat poster sent in a photo of these egg casings. The hammock was outside and then stored for the winter, so it could be an indoor or outdoor egg-laying insect. Please i.d.  Thank you ever so muc...”
Lisa Ann Kelly, Santa Barbara, CA - May 19, 2019

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“My daughter found this strange rock-like thing in our yard that seems to have snail-like shell shapes in it, all stuck together. It feels like some kind of calcium rocky thing. We've attached a couple...”
Jason Freidenfelds, Santa Barbara - June 29, 2019

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“We found this beetle in our yard tonight on our swing. We looked it up and could not find anything close to what it seems to be, that is in California. (Tile horned prionus?) Any ideas!? Our kids are...”
Cari Thomas, Santa Barbara - July 3, 2019

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“Can you help me identify this caterpillar? We found it in Carpinteria. Thanks!”
Ananda Mahto, Carpinteria - July 10, 2019

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“We have had a severe problem with chiggers in our Cleveland School area yard for decades. Only recently have they been positively identified. For years we were told chiggers were not present in SB and...”
Lauren, Upper Eastside - August 5, 2019

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“Is this a praying mantis?   It has been on my screen door for over a week.   Is this insect normally found here in Santa Barbara?   Thanks!”
Molly, Santa Barbara - Upper East - August 13, 2019

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“Is this a Polyphemus Moth? I discovered this amazing moth on my front door doormat at 8:00 AM on July 30, 2019. The light above this door was on the entire night. I determined it was alive while movin...”
Anne, Santa Barbara - August 26, 2019

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“It's about the side of 9pt felt tip pen dot. It didn't seem to jump. It crawled onto an iPad in our house. It didn't quite look like a dust mite or bed bug. We thought maybe a plant mite?”
Tom, Oxnard, CA - September 2, 2019

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“We found this shell at Hendry's Beach this week. Can you identify it?”
Jay, Santa Barbara - January 11, 2020

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“Hello, We found these chitons students Shell Beach in Pismo Beach. It was low tide and we were exploring the tide pools. They were on the underside of the rock. While examining them they started to...”
Maria, Santa Barbara, CA - January 27, 2020

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“Hello.  Today I saw this on a rock at Ellwood Beach. Perhaps it is a common creature, but I have never seen one before. There were only two on the same rock. Sorry I didn't think to put a coin beside...”
Lisa, Santa Barbara, CA - February 25, 2020

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“These bugs infested my pomegranate tree last year, leaving little drill holes (for eggs?). What are they and why have I seen them only once in 20 years?”
Jana, Goleta - April 8, 2020

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“I found this insect in our bathroom yesterday it was less than a quarter of an inch. Can you tell me what it is. Thank you”
Terry Holgate, Goleta - April 22, 2020

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“I saw these blonde and pink anemone friends at Goleta Beach, in addition to the regular blue ones, and I was wondering what causes their various colors? And can anemones be phosphorescent?”
Julian, Goleta - April 29, 2020

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“My son is completing his science project on our local tidepools. We've identified all specimens during our field study, except for the attached. Can you help? ”
Andrea, Coal Oil Point - May 9, 2020

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