Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2022

Habitat Restoration on the Santa Clara River

from the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

MAKING HABITAT FOR OUR WILDLIFE!:Continuing our work on the Santa Clara River

As we shared last year, the WFVZ has been assisting with native riparian woodland restoration on the Santa Clara River. Our job is finding and monitoring birds that use the areas to be restored, as well as those areas that have already been restored. In addition, we conduct research on the population sizes of Threatened and Endangered species, and study their use – or avoidance – of habitat, and the impacts to their nests.

This spring and summer season we are working on TNC, FSCR, and CDFW properties in particular, on approximately 750 acres in various stages of restoration. We have already located nests of Endangered species, such as Least Bell’s Vireo, as well as other protected birds including White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Oak Titmouse, Yellow Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat.

Our wonderful Partners in this work are the Friends of the Santa Clara River (FSCR), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), UC Santa Barbara, Stillwater Sciences, the Santa Clara River Conservancy,  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Ventura Field Office, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

This spring and summer season we are working on TNC, FSCR, and CDFW properties in particular, on approximately 750 acres in various stages of restoration. We have already located nests of Endangered species, such as Least Bell’s Vireo, as well as other protected birds including White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Oak Titmouse, Yellow Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat.

We also are beginning to take people out to these field sites again, including a just-completed “Vocalizations” course for professional biologists who identify birds to help protect them during construction and other projects, as well as our winter and spring bird ID courses. We hope you can join us at one of our sites through one of our classes!

 


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