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.

How can you help?

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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

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