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Julie Love,  Santa Barbara Audubon Restoration Biologist with restoration interns, removing Pampas Grass from environmentally sensitive drainage in eastern Goleta Slough.  Joint project with Santa Barbara County Weed Management Area. Pampas Grass removal Cortaderia selloana
Castor bean is an invasive plant found widely in Goleta Slough ecosystem especially in disturbed sites.  Castor Bean with seed Ricinus communis
Audubon-organized restoration workday in the Northern Jughandle included removal of non-native Myoporum shrubs. Volunteers remove Myoporum shrub
Restored high marsh near the bike bridge has Coast Goldenbush in the foreground.  Santa Barbara Audubon project. Tecolotito Creek high marsh
Restoration of the floodplain of Atascadero Creek included removal of iceplant and planting with natives.  Audubon project. Iceplant is removed by volunteers
Wind dispersal of Pampas Grass seed requires a comprehensive removal effort for effective control. Pampas Grass removal by Restoration Interns.
Pampas Grass was removed along Atascadero Creek Bikeway in eastern Goleta Slough.  Where plants are large and access is feasible, a backhoe can be an effective  means of  Pampas Grass eradication.  Bob’s Backhoe working for Santa Barbara Audubon. Backhoe as a Restoration Tool
The Gas Company had to do maintenance on their pipeline near the mouth of Goleta Slough and the mitigation for wetland impacts involved removal of iceplant and planting of native wetland and transitional habitat plants. SAIC and D. Chirman. Restoration as mitigation, The Gas Company
After the pipeline maintenance project, the vehicle tracks through the wetland are visible, as is the iceplant patch.  The sign “Wildlife Area No Entry” was ironical, as iceplant is poor habitat quality for native animals and insects. Same site at #10  (previous picture) before restoration
Volunteers, with Bob Thiel now staff of the Southern California Wetland Recovery Project, planted this area in March 2001.  Audubon  restoration project. Volunteers planting bike berm Tecolotito Creek
Volunteers maintain the plantings. Tecolotito Creek restoration
Tecolotito Creek restoration near Goleta Beach Park entrance
Tecolotito Creek restoration near Goleta Beach Park entrance in spring.
Goleta Beach Park across the slough. Restored margin of Tecolotito Creek
Channel Islands Restoration gains access to Goleta Beach bluffs for Pampas Grass eradication.  Santa Barbara Weed Management Area project on The Gas Company property. Challenging restoration work.
Santa Barbara Audubon implemented habitat restoration along Tecolotito Creek 2001-2003. Tecolotito Creek Restoration sign.
High marsh habitat is rare in our coastal estuaries, and this area was dominated by iceplant. Sign details—high marsh pre-project
High marsh is only occasionally inundated by tides, and special plants are found in this zone. See Sea Lavender, Parish’s Glaswort and California Saltbush in the <b>Resources > Native Plants > Saltmarsh</b> section. Sign details—high marsh after restoration.
Coast Goldenbush is found on slough margins and is the preferred nectar plant for marsh-dependent butterfly species such as Pygmy Blue Butterfly. Belding’ Savannah Sparrow, a state-listed bird, is resident in Goleta Slough, and forages along the slough margin. Sign details—species
Marsh plants such as Pickleweed and Suada provide habitat for larvae; this adult needs nectar plants on the slough margins. See more pictures in <b>Resources > Native Plants > Saltmarsh > Wooly Seablite section.</b> Sign details—Pygmy Blue Butterfly
Sign details—restoration tasks.
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