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The 1950s-era Ranch House at Sedgwick Reserve will be renovated and modernized for efficiency and usability with a gift from UCSB alumna Linda Duttenhaver.

Sedgwick ranch house revival

UCSB alumna's gift will improve efficiency of historic building by Shelly Leachman, UCSB Public Affairs Situated between what were once the two largest Chumash villages in the Santa Ynez Valley and part of the … [Read more]

UC Merced student Aricia Martinez checks a nest box while banding expert Steve Simmons looks on. Image credit: Chris Swarth

Quarters for kestrels

Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve adds housing for a declining raptor The sprawling grasslands of eastern Merced County should be American kestrel country. The area’s nearly treeless plains host clouds of … [Read more]

student grips barbed wire fence while walking down steep hillside

Let it be

UC undergrads find Santa Cruz Island rebounding decades after imported grazer eradication On islands, imported plants and animals can spell ecological disaster. The Aleutians, the Galápagos, the Falklands, Hawaii, and … [Read more]

Snowpack in California in 2014 (top) is far less than it was exactly a year earlier (2013), making accurate snowpack measurements critical. Images courtesy LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

Measuring snowpack from a plane

An article and video about a project to gauge California's snowpack from a plane are featured on National Geographic Daily News. Much of the water delivered to the state over the dry summer and fall has traditionally been … [Read more]