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Trail Crews Clearing the Way for Summer Adventures in Santa Barbara’s Backcountry

Wilderness maintenance has always been a challenge, but cleanup efforts are under way in some of the most popular areas

Published on 05.28.2012 11:40 p.m.

 

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Feral Cat Eradication Project on San Nicolas Island Deemed Ecological Feat

Three-year effort, completed without the use of a toxicant, was necessary to protect other species on the isle off Ventura County

Published on 02.24.2012 11:30 p.m.

 

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Paradise Lost at Red Rock? Longtime Road Closure Limits Recreational Access

Reduced funding, limited staffing and several lawsuits have contributed to a backlog of work for the Los Padres National Forest

Published on 08.12.2011 12:13 a.m.

 

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Bald Eagle Reality Show Plays Out on Channel Islands

Webcam monitors four pairs nesting on Santa Cruz Island, and Anacapa Island hosts its first nest in more than 60 years

Published on 05.01.2011 1:45 a.m.

 

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Smooth Seas Make Channel Crossing a Breeze for Intrepid Kayaker

As luck would have it, it was a swell day for a solo paddle adventure from Santa Rosa Island to Santa Cruz Island to Carpinteria

Published on 02.27.2011 11:03 p.m.

 

Cachuma Lake Nature Activities for February

From Passport to Santa Barbara, walks and lake cruises, there are many ways to explore the area

Published on 01.06.2011 3:26 p.m.

 

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California Condor Population Reaches Recovery Milestone

After near-extinction, 100 of the birds — of all ages — are now soaring in the wild, conservation officials say

Published on 12.20.2010 3:01 a.m.

 

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Southern Sea Otters Venturing Into No-Otter Zone

Despite efforts to deter them, thousands travel south of Point Conception — at their own peril

Published on 10.29.2010 3:15 p.m.

 

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Sea the Birds Restored in Channel Islands National Park

National Park Service efforts are having an effect on vital breeding grounds

Published on 08.23.2010 1:43 a.m.

 

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Hit the Trails, Nature Lovers — Courtesy of CCC

Backpackers and day-hikers can enjoy recent work by the California Conservation Corps

Published on 05.31.2010 7:25 p.m.

 

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Reef & Run Brings Family-Friendly Beach Party Atmosphere to Competition

Tuesday evening run-and-ocean swim contests also feature bands, barbecue and fun

Published on 05.23.2010 2:56 a.m.

 

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Latest Santa Cruz Island Bald Eagle Chicks Make Web Cam Debut

Eaglets hatched over Easter weekend are among eight active pairs being followed on Channel Islands

Published on 04.12.2010 2:02 a.m.

 

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Road to Recovery Continues for Channel Islands National Park

Park superintendent says commitment to resource restoration remains focus for archipelago

Published on 03.14.2010 9:41 p.m.

 

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Free-Flying Brown Pelicans a Recovery Success Story

After 40 years on the Endangered Species List, the seabirds were recently delisted as their numbers reached historic levels

Published on 11.28.2009 4:16 p.m.

 

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Ride, Wine and Dine with Vino Vaqueros

Experience the richness of the Santa Ynez Valley on horseback, followed by wine tasting and a meal

Published on 09.18.2009 8:16 p.m.

 

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Nite Moves Still On the Go After 21 Years of Waterfront Fun

Santa Barbara's original run- and ocean-swim event lures a 'mini-community' of loyal participants

Published on 08.28.2009 10:52 a.m.

 

Santa Barbara Surf Club Rides a Storied History

Hollister Ranch roots run true and deep, even as club's territory and reputation expand

Published on 08.14.2009 5:59 a.m.

 

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Zimbabwe a Study in Contrasts with a Glimmer of Hope

15 years after first trip, a visitor finds a warm reception amid an eerie emptiness

Published on 08.10.2009 1:13 a.m.

 

SantaBarbaraSurfer.com Clicks at a Swell Time

Noozhawk's newest partnership hits the water just in time for some monster waves

Published on 07.26.2009 5:01 p.m.

 

Surf Report: Cook Islands Swell Arrives on Schedule

Salivating surfers clog local beaches to ride big south swell

Published on 07.25.2009 3:01 p.m.

 

For Local Competitors, Santa Barbara Reef and Run Is Just Beachy

The weekly series, founded by three local athletes, has runners and swimmers racing to East Beach

Published on 07.15.2009 1:03 a.m.

 

Outdoors Q&A: Poking Around for Monkeyface Eels

Up for a real challenge? Take a crack at these crafty creatures with an unorthodox tool

Published on 05.23.2009 11:39 p.m.

 

Surf Happens Offers Ohana Sessions

Help kick off school's 10th anniversary with clinics and beach parties

Published on 05.22.2009 10:47 p.m.

 

Outdoors Q&A: Are Fox Squirrels Displacing Gray Squirrels?

There are reports of such a shift occurring in Southern California foothill habitats

Published on 05.01.2009 10:47 a.m.

 

Outdoors Q&A: Finding Legal Target Shooting Areas

Best places to practice sport shooting can be found at a local sheriff's department office

Published on 04.23.2009 4:54 p.m.

 

Outdoors Q&A: Should I Report Fishing Violators?

Discretion is the better part of valor so it's probably best to report the incident and let authorities deal with it

Published on 04.18.2009 10:41 p.m.

 

Outdoors Q&A: Where’s the Year-Round Trout Fishing?

The opportunities are more plentiful than you think, and are available in many parts of California

Published on 04.05.2009 12:55 a.m.

 

Outdoors Q&A: Easing the Stress Level When Fishing Catch and Release

You may be hooked on fishing, but your prey may see it a different way

Published on 03.15.2009 3:33 a.m.

 

Captain’s Log: ‘Fish Elevator’ Gets Rockfish Back Where They Belong

An improvised safe-release device tackles a surface problem and reduces the opportunity for "floaters"

Published on 03.12.2009 7:00 p.m.

 

Captain’s Log: Fishing Season Is Here ... and Now the Real Show Begins

The Fred Hall sportfishing industry trade show is an angler's onshore paradise.

Published on 03.01.2009 12:18 a.m.

 

Captain’s Log: Brown Pelican Takes Flight from Endangered List

With the region's population stabilized and the lanky big birds again gracing the shoreline, the state declares a measured victory.

Published on 02.20.2009 10:38 p.m.

 

Outdoors Q&A: Monster-sized Humboldt Squid

There's no limit on what you can catch but be mindful about what you actually can eat.

Published on 02.16.2009 8:10 p.m.

 

Captain’s Log: Principles for Responsible Offshore Energy Exploration

Before new offshore energy development gets the nod, fishermen are angling for a change to CAST.

Published on 02.14.2009 10:25 p.m.

 

Captain’s Log: Ones That Got Away Make the Best Memories

The size doesn't matter; it's the chance to salute your prey and get your fish story straight that's key.

Published on 02.07.2009 11:29 p.m.

 

Outdoors Q&A: Cormorants Eating into Fish Stock

Despite efforts to control their access to baby trout, the advantages are for the birds.

Published on 01.31.2009 7:07 p.m.

 

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