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Snowy Plover Docent | Habitat Restoration | Tour Leader

Snowy Plover Chicks
Western Snowy Plover chicks

Snowy Plover Docent Program

The Snowy Plover Docent Program was created to educate beach visitors about the threatened staus of the Western Snowy Plover. Docents teach beach goers how they can help to preserve Sands Beach as a safe and healthy habitat for the plover popualtion. Among Docents, there is a shared goal of maintaining beach access and recreation for visitors while maintaining the preservation and protection of habitat for the Snowy Plovers and other native fauna. The success of the Snowy Plover Docent Program is a result of the commitment from our community to increase public awareness and protect adult snowy plovers and their eggs and chicks from predators and disturbances.

Contact: or (805) 893-3703 for next training dates

Snowy Plover Docent Program at COPR

Restoration Project along Devereux Slough - July 18, 2008

Habitat Restoration

Volunteers work with reserve staff and interns to assist in several aspects of restoration such as planting, plant propagation and weeding.

Volunteer Workdays are held one Saturday each month from 9:00 AM-12 noon. To participate as an individual or a member of a service group, please contact:

(805) 893-5092

Groups may also schedule alternate work days, as needed.


Habitat Restoration at COPR

Mark Holmgren leads a tour at COPR

Become a Tour Leader at Coal Oil Point Reserve!

Do you enjoy learning and teaching others about the historical and natural wonders of Santa Barbara?  Then you might consider becoming a Tour Leader!

The tour is a two hour walk through the Coal Oil Point Reserve's eight ecosystems: from sandy beach to the Devereux Slough to a restored coastal dune system.  You will learn and teach others about the Reserve's natural and cultural history and its current restoration projects.  When you are a Tour Leader you will be able to identify rare and endangered species-such as White Tailed Kite, Western Snowy Plover, Ventura Marsh Milkvetch, and the Wandering Skipper butterfly-that make their home at the Reserve.

Tour Leaders partake in a series of eight training sessions to learn about the history and ecology of Coal Oil Point Reserve.  Thereafter, Tour Leaders must give at least one two-hour tour per month and attend occasional lectures.


To become a Tour Leader, please contact the Program Coordinator at (805) 893-3703 or email

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