Naturalist Hike: Coal Oil Point Reserve
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Instructor: Denise Knapp
Location: Coal Oil Point
Join Denise Knapp, SBBG Conservation Manager, to explore the UCSB Natural Reserve located just north of campus at Coal Oil Point. One of the best remaining examples of a coastal-strand environment in Southern California, the Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve protects a wide variety of coastal and estuarine habitats. Largely undisturbed coastal dunes support a rich assemblage of dune vegetation and have become a nesting site for the endangered Snowy Plover. In the heart of the reserve, Devereux Slough is a seasonally flooded tidal lagoon that dries out in the summer to form salt flats and hypersaline ponds and channels. A variety of intertidal habitats occur along the sandy beach and the large rocky reef at the point. Thousands of migratory birds visit throughout the year. Coal Oil Point Reserve is part of Audubon's designated Goleta Coast Important Bird Area (IBA). Directions and parking information will be sent with confirmations.