Save the Coronado Seep! Follow up

coronadodrip-car-washMany thanks to the numerous birders who turned out at a City of Goleta hearing on November 9. They advocated for changes to the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project in order to save the Coronado Seep. SBAS representatives urged the City to select the more environmentally-friendly Alternative 2, as well as address its other impacts (click here to view this, and other points).

Now you can help by sending a written message to the City.

An easy Tedmplate letter is here.

 

Letters must be sent to Joe Pearson, City Planner, at JPearson@CityofGoleta.org
no later than 5:00 PM Monday, November 21st.

If you have questions or would like to help the Conservation Committee on this project,
please email Conservation@SantaBarbaraAudubon.org or call (805) 964-1468.

Send in your words for the birds!

Save the Coronado Seep!

Testify on Wednesday, November 9th,
5:30PM in Goleta City Council Chambers!

 

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The City of Goleta has released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project. The proposed fire road would be built 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 proposed project would remove trees and violate the creekside buffer zones that are mandated by Goleta’s General Plan. … Continue Reading

Breeding Bird Study of Santa Barbara County

by Adrian O’Loghlen

[This is the full text article previewed in El Tecolote Vol. 55 No. 1 Sept. – Nov. 2016]

One of the most informative approaches for assessing how the rapid and extensive development of urban and rural lands affects local bird populations is to monitor the breeding activity of species that have historically bred in an area. Furthermore, collecting this type of information is important more generally because it is widely accepted that birds can be indicators and provide insights into the ‘health’ of habitats and ecosystems used by all local wildlife. … Continue Reading

Shelby Development Temporarily Suspended

by Steve Ferry

Santa Barbara Audubon recently announced that SBAS had joined a coalition of Santa Barbara County community and environmental organizations called the Shelby Foothills Coalition (SFC). SFC advocates for the preservation of land zoned for agriculture on the South Coast to maintain open space and bird habitat.  SFC was formed from community concerns about the recent, rapid, massive development that has occurred in the Goleta Valley. These huge developments are threatening the quality of life in the Good Land with traffic congestion, crowding, environmental degradation, and loss of open space. … Continue Reading

Youth scholarships available from WFO

Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a youth scholarship for the WFO 2016 Conference to be held in Humboldt County, California from September 28th through October 2nd. The scholarship is open to youths between the ages of 12 and 22, with six scholarships for youths in Grades 6 through 12, and two scholarships for collegiate youths working towards a Bachelor’s degree. … Continue Reading

SHELBY FOOTHILLS COALITION

THE SHELBY FOOTHILLS COALITION FORMS
TO OPPOSE THE SHELBY DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Press Release 2016-04-20

Today a coalition of Santa Barbara County organizations is announcing the formation of the Shelby Foothills Coalition (SFC). SFC is the product of a series of meetings to discuss community challenges engendered by the proposal to build 60 high-end houses on the Shelby property north of Cathedral Oaks Road near Glen Annie Golf Course. Development on this parcel, which is zoned for agriculture, is contrary to Goleta’s General Plan. … Continue Reading

Our Busy Conservation Committee

by Cherie Topper

Have you ever wondered what our Conservation Committee is up to? You may be surprised to discover both the volume and the variety of our activities in the community on SBAS’s behalf. We are fortunate to have experts on this committee who are familiar with all aspects of conservation – botany and native plants, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Planning, Engineering, and, of course, Ornithology! In fact, you may be motivated to join this dynamic group of smart and dedicated volunteers who are making an impact on our community. … Continue Reading

The SBAS Tree Swallow Nest Box Project

Air BNB Audubon Style

By Steven Senesac

Introduction

The Tree Swallow is a cavity nester that naturally nests in tree cavities (often made by woodpeckers). Human development frequently removes many trees and those that remain are often groomed in a way that minimizes dead branches (most appropriate for cavity nests). Such habitat disturbance is the likely reason why tree swallows dropped to the status of being an uncommon breeder around Santa Barbara and Ventura. … Continue Reading

SHELBY PROJECT THREATENS GOLETA VALLEY

Submitted by Steve Ferry

Residents of the Goleta Valley are alarmed by the recent, rapid, massive development that has occurred in their community. These huge developments are threatening the quality of life in the Good Land with traffic congestion, crowding, environmental degradation, and the loss of open space and bird habitat. Now, yet another developer wants to re-zone agricultural land, in direct violation of the City of Goleta’s General Plan, and force more houses into a parcel zoned for agriculture. Audubon members interested in preserving the integrity, health, and character of the Valley should express their opposition to the Shelby Project by contacting the Goleta City Council. … Continue Reading

Help Protect Our Coast!

California’s independent Coastal Commission has been an amazing success for 40 years. In all that time the Coastal Commission has done an admirable job of limiting development on our state’s remaining pristine coastline and beaches.

Now this work may be threatened:

From February 10th through 12th, the California Coastal Commission is meeting in Morro Bay.  A critical topic of this meeting is Agenda Item 8: “Consideration of the Dismissal of the Executive Director”.  Dr. Charles Lester is the subject of Item 8, and Audubon California’s concern is that Dr. Lester’s dismissal would have adverse consequences for birds such as the threatened Snowy Plover.

Please give the birds a voice! Click HERE to send an email to Governor Brown, requesting that Dr. Charles Lester remain on the Coastal Commission!

If you would like to know more about this meeting, and see the comments that the commission has received as of Jan. 29th, please go to http://www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html/#ED

SBAS Leadership letter on the Refugio Oil Spill

Update 5/25/2015 –

Please be advised that the most current and up to date information regarding the oil spill and especially its impacts to COPR and the Snowy Plover nesting site are available on our Facebook page. Click the Facebook icon at the top of any page on our site.

 

Below is an update letter to our membership on the Refugio oil spill from the leadership of SBAS.

 

Audubon has received word from Cris Sandoval, Director of Coal Oil Point Reserve, that the Refugio oil spill is starting to affect COPR.  COPR could use help from Audubon volunteers to deal with this situation for the next few days.

This is the peak of the Snowy Plover breeding season.  There are nests and chicks on the beach.  To reduce the impact of the spill on the plovers, COPR would like volunteers to act as extra docents on the beach.   Volunteers will help COPR by directing people away from areas where they might disturb nests and chicks.  If volunteers find oiled birds they can help by calling the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 877.823.6926.
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Oil Spill on Coast Near Refugio State Beach

There has been an oil pipeline rupture near Refugio State Beach today. You can read about it at:

Noozhawk at this link: http://www.noozhawk.com/article/oil_spill_reported_on_coast_near_refugio

Edhat: http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=153152

Santa Barbara Independent: http://www.independent.com/news/2015/may/19/big-oil-spill-along-refugio-coast/

Update 5/20/13

Read more from the Environmental Defense Center

Want to help? See Noozhawk’s How to help page.

Stay up to date at

the Noozhawk main page

the Edhat main page

and the Independents main page

Also

Cal Spill Watch -Get the latest CDFW information here

 

RETURN OF THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR: CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES ALONG THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

When:7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10th,

Where: Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura

Joseph Brandt will discuss the current status of recovery and the challenges that the condors have faced in their return to the wild along with the many successes that were achieved to establish a wild population, albeit one that still remains anchored to intensive management due to the continued danger of lead poisoning from ammunition.

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