Coronado Seep – Part 3 – City of Goleta’s hearing – Tuesday, July 18

Attend the City of Goleta’s hearing
Tuesday, July 18, at 6PM
in the Goleta City Council Chambers!

At this meeting, the Planning Commission will recommend that the City of Goleta approve Alternative 2b of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project, and reject the project as proposed. Your presence at the hearing will show support for the Planning Commission’s recommendation, in which no road will be built next to Devereux Creek.

If you can’t testify in person, please send your comment letter to the City Clerk’s office so it is received before noon on July 17. Comments may be sent via email to dlopez@cityofgoleta.org or by mail to the attention of the City Council and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117.

Many thanks to those of you who attended the FEIR hearing and/or provided oral or written comments. Your support for birds and their habitat has been heard, loud and clear.

Goleta City Council Chambers are at 130 Cremona Dr., Suite B, Goleta. Enter on the east side of the building. You don’t need to be a resident of the City of Goleta in order to speak, but to do so please pick up a speaker slip near the entrance, fill it out, and give it to a City official inside the Council Chambers.

If you have questions or would like to help the Conservation Committee with this, please send an email to conservation@santabarbaraaudubon.org.

Coronado Seep – Speak For The Birds – Monday June 26

The City of Goleta has released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project. Though the car wash has been removed, the continuing concern in this project is the building of a gravel emergency access road on top of the bank of Devereux Creek, near the Coronado seep, one of the premiere birding hotspots on the South Coast. Devereux Creek in the Ellwood area of Goleta is an important corridor for migratory and breeding birds and is adjacent to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. The road would remove trees and violate creekside buffer zones mandated by Goleta’s General Plan.

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El Tecolote June – August 2017

v55-4Santa Barbara Audubon’s June – August 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • End of the year news, Board Volunteer opportunities
  • Our 2017 Joy Parkinson Award / Science Fair winner
  • The latest Brown Pelican Survey
  • Tribute to Karen Bridgers
  • White-tailed Kite progress report
  • SBAS Conservation committee update
  • Eyes In The Sky news
  • Our Photo Contest with Goleta Sanitary District
  • Upcoming Field Trips and Friday Bird Walks (No Summer Programs)

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote

Field Trip: Hollister Ranch

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hollister Ranch is a large privately held area of ranchetts north of Gaviota on the coast and into the foot hills. This pristine coastal area is not something to miss. Seize the day and and see for your self the wonders this area holds.

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Friday Bird Walks for the Summer of 2017

Join Jack Sanford for some great birding and fun time on his Friday bird walks this Summer!

FBW-JackEvery 2nd and 4th Friday (usually) Jack hosts a casual and fun two hour walk at one of the south coast’s birding hot spots.  For beginners, this is a great opportunity to see the birds and find out where to bird. For the more experienced birder, here is you chance to share your knowledge and skills. Everyone is welcome. Cost is FREE!

This Spring:

La Casa de Maria: Friday, June 9, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Tabano Hollow Open Space: Friday, June 23, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Atascadero Creek: Friday, July 14, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

San Marcos Foothills Preserve: Friday, July 28, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Lake Los Carneros: Friday, August 11, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park: Friday, August 25, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Post-drought Progress Report

Submitted by Mark Holmgren

This is an update on the post-drought progress towards recovery of White-tailed Kites in the Goleta Valley. We are approaching the middle of the Kite breeding period. Recall that last year we had only two breeding events—at western More Mesa and western Ellwood Mesa. In 2015, we also had only two. They successfully bred somewhere in western Goleta Slough and at western More Mesa, with nest starts, but no completions, at Winchester Cyn and San Antonio Creek trail. … Continue Reading

El Tecolote March – May 2017

Santa Barbara Audubon’s March – May 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • The outcome of the Santa Barbara CBC
  • January’s WBC4K
  • After school bird trips for Salvation Army kids
  • EITS News
  • Upcoming programs, Field Trips and Friday Bird Walks.

To download the pdf file, click the thumbnail image to the right.

 

A big Thank You to Trent Watanabe of Montecito Journal and SB Sentinel for the layout of El Tecolote