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The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding
and wise management of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level
teaching, research and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.

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Devereux Slough Mouth and COPR dunes
Devereux Slough - January, 24, 2008

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).

Located adjacent to the Santa Barbara campus, the reserve provides a unique and accessible research and teaching resource. It is used by many university courses for field studies. The reserve is also used and enjoyed by school children for field trips, birders, and the general public.

Learn More about the Reserve:

COPR Documentary



Coal Oil Point Reserve 2015 Newsletter is now available online!

Coal Oil Point Reserve 2014 Newsletter

Coal Oil Point Reserve 2013 Newsletter

Free field trips for participating schools: Classes visit the reserve and learn about habitats from naturalist guides and hands-on activities.




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