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UCSB Natural History Collection News

The UCSB Algae Herbarium is awarded a new Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America grant!


Blooms are abuzz with bees and bee-searchers at NCOS and elsewhere at UCSB and beyond. Read on to learn how to recognize some of the native bees in our region (including a recent sighting of an endangered bumblebee species!) and what CCBER's student researchers are doing to improve our knowledge and ability to help support them.


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Ringing in the New Year with NCOS Rainstorms

The storm complex that started on December 31 deposited 1.74 inches of rainfall on the Devereux Slough watershed which led to a breach of the sand bar at 11:30 pm on new year's eve: out with the old and in with the newClick here to read more about the storms at NCOS and resulting hydrological fluctuations. 


 

NCOS - A Birder's Perspective

I recall the area of what is now the North Campus Open Space (NCOS) when it was a golf course. I would bird around the edges—at Devereaux, or Coal Oil Point, or remnant wetlands. What a difference vision, commitment, and a half dozen years of restoration make. This golf course conversion is pioneering what other golf courses in over a dozen states are trying—restoring lands and waters so that nature and its creatures may thrive. Read more here!


Realizing ecologically meaningful Restoration “Success” criteria for NCOS

When you walk around the North Campus Open Space you see a landscape dominated by locally sourced native plants and an on-going pattern of targeted weed-control activities by the staff. In the soon-to-be-finalized Year 5 monitoring report you will see that all of the nine monitored habitats have reached all or most “success criteria”, but not all criteria in all habitats. Click here to learn more! 


North Campus Open Space Restoration Project

NCOS News - January 2023

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Updates - NCOS News Name Change, Full Vernal Pools, Campus Lagoon Wildflowers, Year 5 Monitoring Report

Feature Story - Ringing in the New Year with NCOS Rainstorms

Community Forum and Photos - Black-crowned Night-heron, Long-billed Curlews, Coyote, Ruddy Duck, and more!

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