Program: Cachuma Lake Reservoir: Body of Water, Body of Contradictions

Date & Time

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Farrand Hall, SB Museum of Natural History

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Presented by Liz Gaspar

Cost: Free to the Public

Cachuma Lake was created in the 1950s to store water for Santa Barbara County communities and the agricultural industry. Although the reservoir is managed for human use, it behaves in many ways as a natural lake does. Join Liz Gaspar, former Cachuma Lake park naturalist, for a look at the many ways the lake is a “water body of contradictions,” serving at times as a benefit and a detriment to both humans and wildlife, with a more detailed look at lake effects on birds.

Liz Gaspar worked for Santa Barbara County Parks as a park naturalist at Cachuma Lake for 20 years. She lead the lake cruises and managed the outdoor education program, as well as conducted numerous seasonal bird surveys, including the annual bald eagle count. Liz retired from Cachuma in 2015, but, as so many people do these days, eagerly monitors the lake level.