News and Dates for Friends of Sedgwick Reserve                                                            No. 9                                                                                                                           December, 2013
For Your Calendar

Friday, December 13th - Walking Ecology Lecture: Sedgwick Perspectives - An Artist and a Scientist; Bruce Tiffney & Hank Pitcher, UCSB 9am - noon

Saturday, December 14th- Public Hike 8am - 1pm 

Saturday, January 11th - Public Hike 8am - 1pm
Friday, January 24th Walking Ecology Lecture: Ticks and Lyme Disease in Santa Barbara County, Andy McDonald, UCSB
9am - noon

Friday, February 14 - Walking Ecology Lecture: Chumash Culture, Paul Gelles 9am - noon

Saturday, February 15 - 
Public Hike 8am- 1pm 
(3rd Saturday) 

Friday, April 4 - Walking Ecology Lecture: 
Fighting Fire with Fog- Nate Emery, UCSB, 9am - noon
There is no charge for Sedgwick events.
Reservations are recommended for hikes
as space is limited.

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Sedgwick News
and upcoming events.....
Join us for the third lecture in the
2013-14 Walking Ecology
Lecture Series

Landscape Perspectives -  
An Artist and a Scientist 

 UCSB Professors Hank Pitcher
& Bruce Tiffany
Friday December 13th 

Hank Pitcher, Spring 2013 

Come Hiking!
Saturday December 14th 8:30 am - 1pm 


Three hikes will be led by docent trail guides:  

An easy 1.5 mile tour around the Field Station;

1-2 moderate hikes depending on how many sign up;

and a strenuous hike to the top of the Reserve  

(and hopefully, back!)  


Reservations are recommended and can be made on the web at or by emailing

Please arrive by 8:30 to register.
Bring your lunch and stay afterwards to
enjoy the shade of the oaks

A suggested donation of $10 per person or $15 per family is appreciated but not required.

Tales from the Trough
Sedgwick Reserve provides ideal habitat for Golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), a formidable bird that we "catch" occasionally in binoculars and on camera.

Most Golden eagles in California are resident although some in-state migration is thought to occur. Those that stay yearlong may move downslope for the winter, or upslope after breeding season. Golden eagles inhabit a variety of habitats including forests, canyons, shrub lands, grasslands, and oak woodlands. According to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Golden eagle abundance in California is unknown.   


Golden eagles breed from late January through August and produce one to three eggs. Nests are constructed on platforms on steep cliffs or in large trees. Their main prey species are rabbits and rodents; but eagles will also take other mammals, birds, and reptiles. Carrion is also a part of the eagle diet, especially during winter months.


The entrance road is the ideal place to look for one of Sedgwick's resident Golden eagles.  There is often one perched on the telephone pole at Anderson Overlook or soaring over the open foothills east of the overlook.


Golden eagle, Lisque Mesa, Sedgwick Reserve, November 2013 |
3566 Brinkerhoff Road
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 686-1941

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