Archived News

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Coal Oil Point Reserve celebrates 20 years helping the tiny shorebirds come back from the brink.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Snowy Plover Rehabilitation Program raises nine threatened birds

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Western Snowy Plover is about a six-inch bird that lives in the sands along California’s Central Coast. They’re a white and brown bird that eats bugs along the ocean and nests in the sands. Snowy Plover conservationists said their numbers are threatened due to human activity and rising tides.

Monday, September 20, 2021

A conservation program in Santa Barbara County is working to bring the Snowy Plover back from the brink of extinction.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Nine snowy plovers will be released back into the wild on September 20 as part of a collaborative rehabilitation program on Friday.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The reserve is excited to announce the launch of a new GauchoBoost crowdfunding campaign to support the Snowy Plover Conservation Program at the reserve.  The program is critical to protecting the federally threatened Snowy Plovers at the reserve.  Our staff protect the plovers by monitoring the beach, collecting abandoned eggs, and protecting nests with enclosures that safeguard the plovers from predator threats such as crows or skunks.

Friday, June 11, 2021

The Nature Center at Coal Oil Point Reserve will be open to visitors every Saturday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, and by appointment .

Docents will be available to answer any questions you may have about the reserve!

Stop by to check out our exhibit area which showcases research projects, conservation programs, and the natural history of the reserve.

Any exceptions to the schedule will be posted here on our website.

When indoors, please wear a mask and maintain 6 ft distance from others as per the university guidelines. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

This story is part of NRS reserves transformed by Proposition 84 funds, a series describing the facilities improvements and expansions at NRS reserves supported by Proposition 84 bond funds.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Protecting the snowy plovers at Coal Oil Point Reserve while they nest is an ever-changing exercise in creative conservation.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Rare hoodwinker sunfish, never before seen in Northern Hemisphere, washes up at Coal Oil Point Reserve

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The new COPR Nature Center is now open to the general public on the first Saturday of every month.  It is also open by appointment.

For the full reserve experience, you can book a guided tour that includes a visit to the Nature Center! 

Please check the Nature Center page for details.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Fall 2017-Winter 2018 issue of Montecito Magazine describes what our Reserves and our Reserve Directors do for our local environments.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Coal Oil Point Reserve is a showcase for ecology and biodiversity in UCSB’s backyard.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cris Sandoval's Journey to Save Snowy Plovers

Friday, September 25, 2015

UC Santa Barbara celebrates 50 years of the UC Natural Reserve System.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The UC Santa Barbara NRS is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of California Natural Reserve System. Check out how you can join in the celebration at upcoming events on campus and at our Reserves.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Refugio oil spill fouls NRS reserve.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

At UCSB’s Coal Oil Point Reserve, it’s all hands on deck to safeguard the western snowy plover, a threatened species on the Pacific coast, against effects from the recent oil spill.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UC Santa Barbara creative studies art instructor Hank Pitcher paints a cycle of seasons at Coal Oil Point Reserve.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The fire at UCSB’s Coal Oil Point Reserve may have charred more than 20 acres of the landscape, but it also opened up a rare opportunity for the scientists who work there.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NRS Day at UC Santa Barbara.