North Campus Open Space: 2017 Trail Closures

Work on the North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course) is planned to begin in early 2017 with some tree removal in January. In early to mid-February, grading will get underway and fences will go up around the majority of the site, closing access to trails. Based upon the current schedule, UCSB anticipates that the trails will re-open in early January 2018. For more details, please check this North Campus Open Space Planning link.

Field Trip: Hollister Ranch

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7:00 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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In Honor of Jan Hamber

This year’s Eyes In The Sky open house also held a festive brunch at which Santa Barbara Audubon honored Jan Hamber, a founding member of SBAS and a long time advocate of the California Condor. Several speeches highlighting Jan’s many contributions preceded the special showing of Jeff McLoughlin’s video segment from “The Condor’s Shadow”. … Continue Reading

El Tecolote December-February 2017

v55-2Santa Barbara Audubon’s December – January 2017 issue of El Tecolote is now available.

In this issue read about:

  • THE 117TH AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
  • Recap of the EITS Open House
  • Jan Hamber
  • EITS News
  • Upcoming programs, Field Trips and Friday Bird Walks.

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

The full article on the Salton Sea can be downloaded HERE.

 

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

Friday Bird Walks for the winter of 2017

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

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!

Up next:

Santa Barbara Harbor: Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Arroyo Burro School Open Space: Friday, December 23, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Coronado Drive and Devereux Creek: Friday, January 27, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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

San Jose Creek West: Friday, February 24, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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