Upcoming Events and Classes

Saturday, May 12, 2018
8:00-11:00 a.m. (Assemble by 7:45 a.m.)
Sedgwick's Birds of Spring with Tim Matthews

Sharpen your birding skiils or identify your first bird - no experience necessary.  Join Tim Matthews for an easy walk around the field station and pond to observe resident and spring migrant birds species.  In addition to identifying birds visually, Tim will also focus on identifying birds by their vocalizations.

Bring binoculars if you have them; we have several pairs to loan, and there will be a spotting scope.

Enrollment cap:  20 adults

Hike leader, Tim Matthews, is the Scientific Aide for California Department of Fish and Wildlife at Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve and has led many field trips for local organizations over the years. Tim also serves on the Board of the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society.

There is a suggested donation of $20 pp in support of outreach efforts at the Reserve..  One form per registrant, please.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
GeoEcology and the Plants of the Serpentine Soils with Nishanta Rajakaruna, Ph.D and Larry Ballard


9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Talk - "The Ecology of Serpentine and Other Rock Outcrop Plant Communities."  Speaker: Nishanta “Nishi” Rajakaruna, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cal Poly, Biological Sciences.

Dr. Rajakaruna's primary research focuses on using plants growing on extreme substrates (serpentinite, limestone, mine tailings, etc.) as model organisms to explore the role ecology plays in the evolution of individual plant species and plant communities.

10:00 - 3:00 p.m. Hike to Mt. Dibblee with Larry Ballard.  The trail, a moderate to strenuous 2 mile round trip with 600 feet elevation gain, takes hikers through a large stand of chaparral on the upper west part of Sedgwick Reserve. 

Larry Ballard has an interest in all aspects of the region’s natural history, and has led many natural history trips for numerous groups and institutions in Santa Barbara County.

Limited to 25 adults. Suggested donation $20 pp in support of outreach efforts at the Reserve.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Geology of Sedgwick Reserve with Tom Ballinger


After a short orientation, hikers will drive to the Blue Schist trailhead.  The 4+ mile hike is moderate-strenuous with some steep sections.  Hiking time is approximately 3.5 hours with elevation gain of 520 feet.  Tom's will share information about the time before the Pleistocene era when Sedgwick went from bay to well above sea level and what the flora and fauna were like at the time.  Participants will see the geological features of the Fransican formation:  Little Pine and Cameusa fault zones; serpentinite, chert, blue schist outcroppings. 

Participants need to be in good physical condition with good balance.   Carrying plenty of water and sturdy hiking shoes/boots are required - no sandals.  A brimmed hat and hiking pole; snacks/lunch are suggested.

Hike leader, Tom Ballinger, is a retired landscaper, amateur botanist and geology student at SBCC. 


There is a suggested donation of $20 pp in support of outreach efforts at the Reserve.. One form per registrant, please.

Registration form