Three years ago, the transformation of the former Ocean Meadows golf course to the North Campus Open Space restoration project began. Many of you may be wondering, how did the project get started and who is funding it, and why? Read on about the links between many of the key features of the NCOS project and the agencies that supported or prioritized their restoration and/or development.
Fall is here, and that means it's the time of year when we review and tally up our bird survey data from the last 12 months. Check out the results for NCOS and COPR, and learn about the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey!
With National Estuaries Week and Santa Barbara County's Creek Week happening this month, it's a good opportunity to update and review some results from our ongoing monitoring of one of the most important elements of the NCOS wetland restoration project - the water. Read on about the results from some of the water quality monitoring conducted at NCOS this past winter and how these results are influencing our future monitoring plans.
After several months of full-time weed control, CCBER Restoration staff and students are excited to be back to planting! Read more about the restoration design for the slopes of the NCOS Mesa, where up to 40 different species are being planted in 9 plant community "zones".
The threatened Western Snowy Plover faces many challenges when attempting to successfully reproduce. This breeding season, crow predation on plover eggs has been so intense on COPR and NCOS that something creative needed to be done or the plovers would not be able to reproduce successfully. Read more.
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.
Spring is on our doorstep, and with the NCOS restoration project well into its second year, we're taking stock of the planting progress and plans for the coming months. Read more about how we're working to control invasive weeds in order to give native plants an opportunity to establish.
The health of a wetland like Devereux Slough is inextricably linked to the health of the watershed that drains into it, and this can be impacted by inputs such as trash, excess nutrients, and sediment that ride into the wetland on stormwater runoff. Read on about how CCBER and others are working to understand and reduce these impacts.
The NCOS restoration project has passed the first year milestone, and the Marsh trail is now open to the community. What's next in the story of NCOS? Here we share with you a brief summary of the project's achievements over the past year, and the goals and opportunities moving forward.