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The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration is a center under the Office of Research. CCBER fulfills the university's mission of education, research, and outreach through its stewardship and restoration of campus lands and preservation and management of natural history collections.

CCBER film by Chris Jenkins

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Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
Harder South, Building 578, MS-9615
University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9615


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Wild Encounters in Our Own Backyard: NCOS and Beyond

As the North Campus Open Space project progresses into its second year of restoration work, more and more wildlife is making use of the evolving habitat. For many restoration staff, students and volunteers who spend hours planting and weeding, seeing the wildlife use the habitat is a rewarding and inspiring experience. Read on about interesting wildlife encounters in and around NCOS!

The Value of NCOS for Student Researchers

There are currently 6 ongoing, student-driven research and monitoring projects on NCOS, investigating topics ranging from aquatic invertebrates and water quality, to the effects of soil amendments on soil quality and plant growth, and wildlife use of habitat features. Read on about these projects and the experiences of research interns.

Studying Ladybug Communities at Coastal Sites

For three quarters, the Lady Beetle Project has been documenting the effect of restoration work on the distribution, abundance, and diversity of ladybugs in select habitats around UCSB and GoletaRead on about the work of the interns involved!

Controlling Invasives to Support Natives at NCOS

One of CCBER’s goals is to restore diverse native habitats and plant communities with locally sourced seeds, and give them a weed-free window to get established on the landscape. Read on about how invasive weeds are being managed at NCOS to give the native seedlings a hand at establishing.

North Campus Open Space Restoration Project

NCOS News - July 2018

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Updates - Tour recap, documentary film (see link above), snowy plover update, planting goal - help us get there!, and more...

Feature Story - Wild Encounters in Our Own Backyard: NCOS and Beyond.

Photos - a baby killdeer and feisty looking green heron.

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