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

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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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SUN improves UCSB long range development plan

In 2010, UCSB introduced its Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) calling for a 25% increase in student population as well as significant increases in faculty and staff. The plan also doubles the academic space on campus. A coalition of community groups (including SBAS) formed to respond to UCSB’s plan. Negotiations between the Sustainable University Now (SUN) coalition and UCSB resulted in a revised and more environmentally sensitive plan.

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National Audubon Climate Change Initiative – A Field Guide to the Future

One of the many delights of being on the open water is the chance to view the shifting landscape of local marine bird life at close range. Today, I noted the sentimental return of my favorite flying fall “fashionista” – a common loon still sporting her summer stripes, polka dots, and wild checks, placidly swimming beyond the harbor entrance. The loon is among our 118 beloved local birds threatened by climate change, but thankfully, it is not too late for us to take action to prevent further damage.

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SBAS Endorses Measure P

The SBAS Board, at its retreat on July 26, voted to endorse Santa Barbara County Measure P, the anti-fracking initiative that will appear on the November ballot.  The initiative would ban fracking and other forms of oil well stimulation methods in Santa Barbara County.  The SBAS Board voted that these extraction techniques are too dangerous to humans and the environment.  … Continue Reading

Birding Hot Spot Identification Project

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The purpose of this project of the SBAS Conservation Science Committee is to identify local birding “hot spots” based on our citizen-science research and collective observation data and through a letter-writing campaign to the county and cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, to notify and educate the applicable agencies of our concerns and advocacy for the birds and their habitats.

 

 

 

Creek Setbacks in Goleta

The SBAS Conservation and Science Committee has been monitoring several proposed development projects in Goleta, particularly those projects that are in proximity to creeks and other natural resources that are wildlife habitats and migration corridors. We have reviewed environmental impact reports (EIR), sent comment letters to the City of Goleta recommending mitigation strategies, identifying critical habitats and omissions or errors in reports of biological data, and attending meetings and hearings with developers, City agencies and other environmental advocacy organizations in Santa Barbara and Goleta.

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2014 Santa Barbara County Science Fair Winner of the Audubon Award

Danny Luu_SB Audubon award science fair 2014

The 2014 Santa Barbara County Science Fair was held in March, and one of the judges was Richard Figueroa, SBAS Science Chair who had the honor of presenting the Santa Barbara Audubon Award to this year’s winner, Righetti High School senior, Danny Luu. Danny’s project: “The Effects of Runoff on Salvia Leucantha and Hummingbird Interactions” also won a gold medal and the Best in Fair award. Danny Luu was invited to present his winning science fair project at the April SBAS program, a presentation of Jeff McLoughlin’s film: The Condor’s Shadow held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The Santa Barbara Audubon Award is named in honor of founding SBAS member, Joy Parkinson.

Tricolored Blackbird California Survey 2014

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Male tricolored blackbird – Photo by Bom Meese

Richard Figueroa, SBAS Science Chair, has been recruiting and coordinating volunteers to monitor and collect survey data for tricolored blackbirds to document their decline in numbers. Our volunteers have surveyed sites in Santa Ynez and Cuyama. The conservation of the species has received increased attention due to the petition to list the species under the protections of the federal and state of California Endangered Species Acts. … Continue Reading

Tree Swallow Monitoring

TreeSwallow 2009-2Jeff Simeon conducted a tree-swallow monitoring training session Saturday, April 5 at Coal Oil Point Reserve for volunteers and interns to learn how to champion this project by scheduling regular monitoring dates, replacing broken nesting boxes, rusty mounting poles and hardware, and cleaning the boxes for the spring nesting season.