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UC Santa Barbara

North Campus Open Space Restoration Project

  June 2019
The latest aerial view of NCOS and Devereux Slough by Bill Dewey. This was taken on May 11, before the two surprise May storms, so there is now more water in the slough than what you see in this photo!
The latest aerial view of NCOS and Devereux Slough by Bill Dewey. This was taken on May 11, before the two surprise May storms, so there is now more water in the slough than what you see in this photo!

UPDATES & EVENTS
Breeding Western Snowies are Back!
Last month's bird survey sighted a copulating pair of Western Snowy Plovers at NCOS, and just last week a nest was found! To help create an attactive nesting habitat for the plovers, we scattered pieces of dried kelp, rocks, shells and other debris around the sandy flat at NCOS. These items help disguise the nest, and it is likely that more of this debris washed up from the high tides and waves that reached into the upper slough this winter.
A Western Snowy Plover pair copulating (photo by M. Holmgren).A Western Snowy Plover Nest at NCOS.Left: a Western Snowy Plover pair copulating (photo by M. Holmgren); Right: a well-camouflaged nest.
 
2 Years In - An Update on the Restoration Numbers
With the on-the-ground restoration work at NCOS approaching a full 2 years this summer, we tallied up some of the restoration numbers through mid-May. Since we began tracking our efforts in August 2017, CCBER staff, students and volunteers have put nearly 35,600 hours into restoring NCOS! That amount of effort has helped get more than 230,000 plants in the ground and more than 62 acres (76 %) of the total project area planted! Check out the two pie charts below to see how these hours are divided up by worker type and task, followed by a chart showing the acreage planted and to be planted for each habitat type.
 


Top and Middle: pie charts of effort (hours) by worker type and task. Bottom: chart of the acreage planted and to be planted of each habitat type at NCOS.

 
USFWS Feature Story About NCOS
For a short summary of the NCOS project with a focus on wildlife, check out a short article by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, one of the key sponsors of the project.
FEATURE STORY

New UCSB Graduates Reflect on Their NCOS Experiences

With the end of the school year upon us, we have a number of graduating students who have worked on the NCOS project for some time, including before the project broke ground. We asked some of these students to reflect on their experience at NCOS and how it has influenced their lives. Read more here.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

"Second Saturdays" at NCOS

This month: June 8, 9:30 - 12:30

Please RSVP to ncos@ccber.ucsb.edu

Help us restore and create NCOS with plants and more! Meet at 6975 Whittier Drive at 9:30 am. Bring water, sunscreen, and wear a hat, clothes and shoes suitable for garden work.

Saturday Tree Plantings

See in you in the Fall!

You can help Your Children's Trees plant oaks and other saplings at NCOS! Please contact Your Children's Trees for more information and to RSVP.

Thursdays - CCBER Greenhouse Associates



Come help transplant seedlings of native plants with the CCBER team from 9:00 - 12:00. To join, please send an email to ncos@ccber.ucsb.edu.

Group Volunteer Opportunities 


We gladly welcome local business, non-profit, school and other community groups to come out to NCOS to help with planting and other activities. For more information, please send an email to ncos@ccber.ucsb.edu.

COMMUNITY FORUM & PHOTOS
We are interested in any observations of wildlife activity on NCOS, such as the recently observed Long-tailed Weasel and Peregrine Falcon taking an American Coot. Please send your observations, with or without photos, to ncos@ccber.ucsb.edu. Thanks!

Butterflies & Baby Birds
Wildlife from butterflies to breeding birds are taking advantage of the habitat and other resources being restored at NCOS, as evident in this month's community photos. Thank you to the community members who provided their photographs!

A painted lady butterfly feeding on purple sage at NCOS. Photo courtesy of K. Lunsford.
A painted lady butterfly feeding on purple sage at NCOS. Photo courtesy of K. Lunsford.
 

A pair of Mallard ducklings under close watch by mom at the Phelps Creek pool. Photo courtesy of M. Holmgren.A pair of Mallard ducklings under close watch by mom at the Phelps Creek pool. Photo courtesy of M. Holmgren.
 

Canadian Goose goslings are guided and protected by a pair of adults at NCOS.
Canadian Goose goslings are guided and protected by a pair of adults at NCOS. Photo courtesy of A. Linn.

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