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Introduction to the Identification of California Bees
Learn how to identify our diverse native bees in this three day workshop.
January 18-20th with instructor Jaime Pawelek, CA Native Bees, Consultant specializing in the taxonomic identification of native bees
Have you ever wanted to volunteer in a natural history collection or herbarium?
Join us Saturday November 2 (9:00am to 3:00pm) to help us digitally transcribe specimens from the UCSB Natural History Collections. Tour the collections, meet collection staff, participate in research and learn about our projects that are helping make information about museum specimens and plants available online.
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 new. Click here to read more about the storms at NCOS and resulting hydrological fluctuations.
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!
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
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!