Dear Friends of Sedgwick Reserve:
2017 has been a banner year at Sedgwick, from progress made on our infrastructure to the many enjoyable activities that have filled our calendars over the past year.
We recently introduced a new public hike program that invites faculty and researchers to lead field excursions at Sedgwick to share their expertise about a range of cultural and natural history topics. Please join us on the second Saturdays of 2018 for one of our Walking Ecology hikes. The objectives are simple: we want you to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and learn something new about nature.
The UCSB Office of Public Affairs created a multi-media series focusing on the UCSB Natural Reserve System's celebration of its 50th Anniversary. While admittedly biased, I believe the segment on Sedgwick Reserve is the best of the series.
It has been a richly rewarding year for my Sedgwick staff and me largely because of the help of key UC Santa Barbara leaders, our donors, neighbors, docents, volunteers and long-time supporters, as well as local allies: the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Environmental Defense Center, Santa Barbara Foundation and UC Santa Barbara Foundation. I am especially grateful to the donors who gave financial support to Sedgwick's operations, staffing and programs.
With your help, our focus in 2018 will largely be on two important projects: restoring the Sedgwick pond and improving our outdoor classroom facility.
The Pond: For those of you who have visited recently, you've seen that the pond can hardly be called a pond anymore. Planning is underway to create a deep water native species pond covering half of the total one-acre area, and to revitalize the bird-supporting cattails on the other half. Our goal is to revitalize the pond to support both native reptiles and amphibians in a deeper section, while sustaining essential tri-colored blackbird nesting habitat in a shallow marsh section.
The Campground: We continue to strive to provide safe, clean and comfortable facilities for the students who camp out at Sedgwick. In 2018, we will be replacing the shade canopy over the studio patio with an all-weather roof structure. We'd like to install a rodent-proof food preparation and cooking area under the pavilion and replace the bonfire pit with a safer, cleaner burning natural gas fireplace.
Gifts of financial support for Sedgwick over the last several years have been very important to our day-to-day operations and have funded wonderful contributions like the eRide America electric utility vehicle picured above, from which we are all benefitting. I hope that you will consider making a gift now, online. A contribution in any amount will make a difference and you can do it today simply by clicking here. It's green, economical, easy and important!
Please be in touch with me if you have questions. There are many other opportunities to support this amazing Reserve, and if you would like to learn more, I'd be happy to have you visit.
Here again is the link where you can make an on-line contribution. And keep your eyes out for future bulletins announcing hikes, lectures and events!
With warm regards and thanks for your consideration,
Manager, Sedgwick Reserve
P.S. If you wish instead to send a check to support our efforts, we welcome you to do so. Please make it payable to UC Regents and mail to UCSB Sedgwick Reserve, 3566 Brinkerhoff Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460. A small portion of all gifts will provide essential support to UCSB's overall operations.