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.
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.