Tag Archives: Santa Barbara

Los Padres National Forest

Much of the mountains seen from Santa Barbara and the small town of Golita where Raja’s living are protected by Los Padres National Forest, views from which Raja and I enjoyed during my visit in November.  Here are some photos of the views, along with Raja and my rental car…

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UC-SB

In contrast to the views from the biology department at Kent State, which are non-existent in my basement office and lab, the landscape surround UC-Santa Barbara and Raja’s building are almost depressingly awesome.

As for the photographs of Raja and myself – it’s something Raja likes to do and is generally not in my photographic interests, but, here you go; I was here.

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Snowy Plover Reserve

On my visit to Santa Barbara, California, Raja and I observed a decently-sized flock of snowy plovers, a threatened shore bird currently being managed in several reserves up the Californian coast. While attempting to photograph the birds, a volunteer literally ran down the beach to tell me to keep moving to reduce disturbance to the fledglings.  The reserve is more-or-less constantly patrolled by volunteers with a variety of experiences in conservation biology, as evidenced by this particular volunteer’s lack of knowledge about the plover’s restoration and referral to another individual to answer my questions.

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