North Campus Open Space


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NCOS News - June 2017

Aerial Image of the restoration site taken with a drone in late May.


Project Updates

  • Want to take a tour of the restoration site?  CCBER will be offering a one-hour tour of the project site on Sunday June 18th at 4:30, or Monday June 19th at 5:15. Please RSVP to Meet at the parking lot at 6925 Whittier Drive and be prepared for rough terrain by wearing appropriate shoes.

  • Grading of the eastern arm is going well and should be complete by the end of July. Grading work will then move to the northwest and will finish on the southern edge of the project in late Fall or early Winter.

  • Later this summer the bridge contractor will be drilling the piers for the bridges and boardwalks.

  • Planting of portions of the eastern buffer areas could begin as early as July. More than 100,000 plants are ready to go!

Native plants at the CCBER Greenhouse and Nursery, ready and waiting to be put in the ground at NCOS.


Feature Story

Supporting Wildlife at NCOS - Birds, Bees, Fish and Retiles, Oh My!

One of the main goals of the NCOS restoration project is to enhance habitats that support a broad range and diversity of wildlife. The restoration plan includes features designed to benefit groups of wildlife such as birds and reptiles, as well as features designed specifically for important endangered species. Read more about the different habitat features and species they will benefit.


Volunteer Opportunities

CCBER Greenhouse Associates

Join the CCBER Greenhouse Associates Thursday mornings (9:00 – 12:00)!  Come transplant seedlings, learn about restoration, get to know your neighbors and CCBER staff, and help maintain native plants and their nursery! To join, please send an email to





Community Forum & Photos

The NCOS Endowment

Contributing to the NCOS Endowment provides a special opportunity to name a bridge, trail, boardwalk or habitat feature! Contact us about the opportunity to support the long-term management of the site and diverse student learning opportunities.



A community member sent us these fantastic photos to share of a Red-shouldered Hawk perched on the temporary construction fencing, and after just catching a rat! This hawk is one of the parents of chicks that successfully fledged from the nest near the northern boundary of the NCOS site. We included a CCBER staff photo of an adult and chicks in the nest.



Want to see your photos on a future newsletter? We welcome submissions of photos from the Ellwood-Devereux area to share with NCOS News readers. Please email a photo you would like to share, along with a brief description to