News and Dates for Friends of Sedgwick Reserve                                                            No. 10                                                                                                                               January, 2014
For Your Calendar


Friday, January 24 Walking Ecology Lecture: Ticks and Lyme Disease in Santa Barbara County. Andy McDonald, UCSB
9 - 11am     

Friday, February 14 Walking Ecology Lecture: Chumash Culture.
Paul Gelles, Midland School
9 - 11am 

Saturday, February 15  
Public Hike 8am- 1pm 
(note date change)

Saturday March 8  

Public Hike 8am - 1pm


Friday, April 4
Walking Ecology Lecture: 
Fighting Fire with Fog. Nate Emery, UCSB,
9 - 11am


Saturday April 12  

Public Hike 8am - 1pm


Saturday May 10  

Public Hike 8am - 1pm  

Saturday, July 12 -
Annual BBQ & BARN DANCE!   4 - 9pm 

There is no charge for Sedgwick events.
Reservations are recommended for hikes
as space is limited.

Reservation Links:  

California Naturalist Training 

10 Saturdays
Feb 22-May 10, 2014


Santa Barbara Botanic Garden & UCSB Natural Reserves

For more information 
 visit the Cal Nat website
email the instructor, view
the flyer and read the


As of January 2014, all University of California campuses and UC-owned properties will be smoke-free and tobacco-free.  


Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and unregulated nicotine products will not be allowed on   

the Sedgwick Reserve. 


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Sedgwick News
and upcoming events.....
Join us for the year's first
Walking Ecology

Tick Ecology and Prevalence of Lyme Disease

in the Santa Ynez Valley


 UCSB PhD Researcher Andy MacDonald

Concerned about contracting Lyme disease or other nasty tick-borne diseases? How common are Lyme carrying ticks in Santa Barbara County? Is it true that western fence lizards protect us from Lyme disease? Come learn something about ticks and tick-borne diseases. If you would like to read up on the subject, here is a great article, Lyme Wars, published in the July 2013 New Yorker magazine. 
Friday, January 24th 
9am-10am lecture
10-11am walk  

Andy McDonald
Andy collecting ticks, Spring 2013
Come Hiking!
Saturday February 15th 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.
Thank You! 
We met our year-end fundraising goal, thanks to the generous support of our our friends and neighbors.

Your donations will be judiciously applied to oak restoration, Reserve maintenance and administration of the docent program.

CA Poppy 
Contributions keep us going - please use
this link at anytime to  

Tales from the Trough
Red-tailed hawk, Figueroa Canyon, Sedgwick Reserve, November 2013

Visitors to Sedgwick are likely to see a magnificent Red-tailed hawk. They are the most common hawk in North America and year-round residents of Santa Ynez Valley's oak woodlands, grasslands and agricultural areas.


Red-tailed hawks typically build their nests in the crowns of tall trees where they have a commanding view of the landscape. Both members of a pair build the nest, or refurbish one of the nests they've used in previous years. Nests are tall piles of dry sticks up to six feet tall and three feet across. There are a number of known red-tailed hawk nests at Sedwick, including one in an oak restoration site a mile up Lisque Road that has been active since 2009. In spring, females will lay and incubate up to 5 eggs for 28-35 days. Look for young Red-tail hawk fledglings learning to fly and hunt throughout Sedgwick's summer months.


Mammals make up the bulk of most Red-tailed hawk meals. Frequent victims include voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits and ground squirrels. The hawks also eat birds (quail, starlings and blackbirds) as well as bats, snakes and carrion. They are often photographed at Sedgwick watering sources taking baths, drinking and waiting for hapless prey to come in for a drink of water.


Red-tails are categorized as "buteos" based on the shape of their wings (broad and rounded wings - ideal for soaring) and are easily identified from below based on size and field marks including dark bars on the leading edge of their wings. And once they mature (at two years of age) their tails turn red and can be seen readily when perched or flying. |
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