Photo courtesy Brina Carey
In Memoriam: Joy Parkinson
by Florence Sanchez
Joy Parkinson, long-time resident of Santa Barbara and enthusiastic birder and community activist,
passed away Friday, August 9, 2013. Joy was a founding member of Santa Barbara Audubon and served
several terms as its president, most notably during the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. For many years,
she coordinated the Sierra Club's cruises to the Channel Islands on the Swift of Ipswich (pretty much
all we had for regular pelagic cruises before the Condor and Condor Express). She served on the
Santa Barbara County Parks Commission and along with Charis Bratt and James Slater, was instrumental
in getting Lake Los Carneros and the surrounding land dedicated as a county park for all to enjoy,
rather than becoming a private housing development on the lake. She was the first Director of the
Coastal Information Resource Center and in that capacity organized a conference on the past and
future of the Goleta Slough. More recently, she served on the Committee for the Future of Bishop
Ranch, an area she and her long-time friend Jan Hamber had surveyed on many Santa Barbara Christmas counts.
Joy was most noted for her gift of friendship. She loved to share her enthusiasm for birds and the
natural world and was "mother Audubon" to many young birders in the county. She continued her
interest and support of Audubon throughout these last few months. She was thrilled to be able to
attend Audubon's 50th anniversary celebration this summer even though her health was declining.
In accordance with her wishes, her family plans no memorial services. But when you are checking
the trees around Stow House for vagrants or standing on the bridge at Lake Los Carneros watching
for rails, please say "thanks, Joy." It will be a fitting memorial tribute.
ANNUAL AUDUBON PICNIC – JUNE 29, 2013
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
FAREWELL TO DARLENE CHIRMAN, AFTER 12 INCREDIBLE YEARS
Whether it was for the “50th Anniversary” bash, Darlene Chirman’s farewell, or
the wonderful weather, on Saturday June 29th, over 125 members of Santa Barbara
Audubon and guests gathered under the shady redwoods at Stow Grove Park and spent a
lively afternoon visiting, eating, and celebrating.
Three large tables barely accommodated all of the picnic potluck dishes and
brought folks back for more than a second helping. In celebration of the “50th”
we were blessed to have several of our founding members present. They enthusiastically
shared stories of “how it all began” and memories of political activism on behalf of
birds and their habitat. There were “50th” t-shirts and hats to buy, silent auction
items to bid on, and Glendessary Jam’s toe-tapping music to enjoy.
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