Sightings of sickly looking bobcats, coyotes, and other wildlife are becoming more common in and near urban areas. These animals have a severe case of mange, and there is increasing evidence that suggests it could be linked to the ubiquitous poison used to control rats. Read more about this issue and how CCBER is working with campus management to find alternative ways to control rats on UCSB property, and what you can do to help save impacted wildlife.
Last winter, CCBER began conducting quarterly acoustic surveys for bats at NCOS. In this story, we describe how we are recording bat calls, how we identify the potential species present at NCOS, and what the data collected during 2020 tells us.
A long-term goal of the North Campus Open Space (NCOS) restoration project is to develop a diverse, multi-level food web, which is often a good indicator of a healthy, well-functioning ecosystem. Read our latest feature story about two components of the food web we have recently begun monitoring: small mammals such as mice and voles, and reptiles.
This summer, CCBER conducted the 3rd year of vegetation monitoring at the North Campus Open Space restoration project. With three years of this data, we can now see more clearly how the restoration is progressing, and where more work or a change in management may be needed. Here we report on some of this year’s data and what it is telling us.
As the NCOS project got underway, we were concerned about the 25 acres of invasive weeds between NCOS and South Parcel that could easily colonize the newly restored site. Fortunately, with a grant funded by the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEM), our efforts to control the inhospitable weeds in what we call the EEM zone of NCOS have created openings for natural and planted restoration. Read more in this report by Beau Tindall, CCBER’s project leader at EEM and South Parcel.
Amenities that support public access and engagement at NCOS are a vital component of the project. We want to hear from you about your thoughts and ideas on these features and the long term management priorities for NCOS. Read more and learn how to register for an upcoming NCOS Town Hall webinar.
Perennial bunch grasslands are becoming increasingly rare in California, and diverse grasslands with wildflowers are even more rare. Restoration projects like UCSB's North Campus Open Space are working to curb that trend. Learn more about a project funded by the Garden Club of Santa Barbara to test different strategies for diversifying the restored grassland on the NCOS Mesa.
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.