Coal Oil Point Reserve

Coal Oil Point Reserve

Devereux area, UCSB West Campus,
Santa Barbara, CA

One of the best remaining examples of a coastal-strand environment in Southern California, the Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve protects a wide variety of coastal and estuarine habitats. Largely undisturbed coastal dunes support a rich assemblage of dune vegetation and have become a nesting site for the endangered Snowy Plover.

In the heart of the reserve, Devereux Slough is a seasonally flooded tidal lagoon that dries out in the summer to form salt flats and hypersaline ponds and channels. A variety of intertidal habitats occur along the sandy beach and the large rocky reef at the point. Thousands of migratory birds visit throughout the year. Coal Oil Point Reserve is part of Audubon's designated Goleta Coast Important Bird Area (IBA).

Located adjacent to the Santa Barbara campus, the reserve provides a unique and accessible research and teaching resource. It is used by many university courses for field studies. The reserve is also used and enjoyed by school children for field trips, birders, and the general public.

Contact April Price at to reserve a spot. April will send you a confirmation email with more information.

Funding for the Tour Program is provided by UCSB's Coastal Fund.

Reserve's director (resident at the reserve)
Dr. Cristina Sandoval
Marine Science Institute
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA93106

Restoration Program coordinator: Tara Longwell (805) 893-5092

Plover Program coordinator: April Price (805) 893 3703

The reserve is relatively small, about 150 acres in extent. The Entrance Road takes you along one side of the Devereux Slough and has several turn-outs for bird watching and viewing. The road extends to a turn-around at Coal Oil Point, as depicted on this Coal Oil Point Reserve Site Map

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