Devereux Slough By OwenDuncan

Saturday, March 17: Devereux Slough Restoration Revisited

Field Trip with Darwin Richardson.

Saturday, March 17, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Participation is limited to 25.
Advance registration begins February 17 at synature@west.net or 805/ 693-5683.
Members $10. / Non-members $25. / Children $5. Payment can be made via check or cash on the day of the field trip or in advance of the trip using a credit card online (once advance registration is completed).

Featured image of Devereux Slough by Owen Duncan

This trip will explore the Devereux Slough ecosystem, a wonderful coastal estuary on the south coast. The lower Devereux Slough is part of the Coal Oil Point UC Reserve and is designated by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area, based on its global importance to bird populations. The upper Devereux Slough had been bulldozed and filled in the 1960s to create a golf course and was acquired in recent years by UCSB. Last winter, a massive restoration project was begun to restore the historical conditions of the upper slough and adjacent mesa. This exciting project continues and is one of our region’s largest restoration efforts. It is expected to be open to the public later this year. We will have the opportunity to tour the restoration and see many of our region’s winter shorebirds and other coastal species as we explore the wetlands, beach strand, dunes, salt marsh, and upper reaches of the diverse habitats surrounding the estuary.

Darwin Richardson will lead a tour describing the plans to restore the upper extent of this estuary while we bird along the way, as well as explore the lower Coal Oil Point Reserve. Darwin is a restoration project manager with UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, which is implementing the restoration efforts.