You are probably aware of the major restoration project underway at the North Campus Open Space, north of Coal Oil Point Reserve. The former Ocean Meadows Golf Course was purchased by the Trust for Public Lands, and transferred to the University of California for conservation, restoration and management. The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) has raised $10 million to restore 90 acres. This is the site of upper Devereux Slough before it was graded and filled to create the golf course in the 1960’s; the restoration has re-created wetlands and mudflats, and will accommodate sea level rise. … Continue Reading
Vic Cox of The Santa Barbara Independent has written an article titled
It’s a good read, take a look
The Santa Barbara News Press has a regular feature call Trail Quest by James Wapotich. The Monday May 16, 2016 edition on page A3 features Meet Your Wild Neighbor.
You can read the article HERE if you are a subscriber.
The Winter Bird Count 4 Kids (WBC4K) was a huge success this last January.
You can read Santa Barbara Independent coverage of this event HERE
There was also coverage in the Santa Barbara News Press by Brett Leigh Dicks on February 4th. You can pay for an archived version of their article HERE.
A big thank you to Andy Lanes and all the members of the WBC4K committee who organized this event. And a second big thank you to all the participants of this years first Winter Bird Count 4 Kids.
Thousands of Pacific Coast band-tailed pigeons have been found dead in Santa Barbara County, evidently from a parasite-borne disease that restricts their throat passages and causes them to die of starvation or suffocation. The public is being asked to help California wildlife officials by reporting sick or dying birds.
Find out more and what you can do to help, read local coverage on Noozhawk by Lara Cooper HERE!
Additional coverage at:
As reported in the Independent:
“The yellow-billed cuckoo will soon be listed as a threatened species in parts of 12 western states under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced on Thursday.”
Read the Independent article HERE.
For more in depth coverage see the Fish and Wildlife Service Public Advisory.
On July 22, Steve Ferry and Dolores Pollock, our co-presidents, spoke before the County Planning Commission, making recommendations.
Santa Barbara Audubon Society is very pleased that The Santa Barbara Independent chose Gabriele Drozdowski as one of its local heroes. If there’s anyone who deserves it, it’s Gabriele! She has worked tirelessly to make Audubon’s Eyes in the Sky (EITS) program the success that it is. Audubon is proud to have raised the money, through extensive efforts of its board and members, to build the aviary for the EITS raptors at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Coverage of our local Christmas Bird Counts is in the Santa Barbara Independent.
Birders, as committed bird-watchers call themselves, are a hardy lot. They have to be since their feathered targets in this area range from the seashore to the mountains, with many types of terrain in-between.
Karen Telleen-Lawton did a fantastic write-up of the Eyes in the Sky program for Noozhawk. Read all about it.