Environment

Reports focusing on the latest news and trends affecting the environment along California's Central Coast.

Joseph Brandt, USFWS

There is a new live streaming video service that lets you peak into the wild nests of an endangered California bird. It's the first ever publicly-available live video of wild condor nests. 

Pacific Wildlife Care

UPDATE: Aug. 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay said Wednesday that 10 new birds have come into the facility since announcing the problem on Tuesday.

Sea World

Three months after the Refugio spill on Santa Barbara County's Gaviota Coast, sea lions, elephant and harbor seals that came in contact with the crude oil are still being rehabilitated.

Santa Barbara County

UPDATE: Aug. 24, 2015 at 5:28 p.m.

The beach at Lookout Park in Summerland was reopened to the public Monday after being closed on Friday because of oil washing ashore.

California Department of Fish and Game

Sightings of potentially dangerous wildlife in urban areas this week on the Central Coast have prompted agencies to issue safety alerts. 

UCSB

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara will spend the next year studying the effects of last May's big oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel. 

NOAA

Water temperatures off the Central Coast are hitting records this week. A buoy in the Monterey Bay registered 69 degrees on Wednesday, breaking the record of 68 degrees registered in late July, 2014.

NOAA's El Niño Portal

Central Coast fisherman are reporting sightings of fish more accustomed to tropical waters, as warmer-than-normal sea temperatures persist off our shores. 

John Chestnut/CNPS San Luis Obispo Chapter

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating 5,755 acres in Santa Barbara County as critical habitat for the Vandenberg monkeyflower. It's doing so under the Endangered Species Act.

flickr member docentjoyce

A Central Coast landmark is on the path to becoming a National Monument. 

Xiuning (Nancy) Du, Newport Lab) from the Newport Line (May 19, 2015 collection date)

A vast, toxic algae bloom off the West Coast has scientists baffled as they work to figure out why one toxin in particular is dominating the waters. 

Wikipedia User: Antandrus

A local salvage yard will work to keep toxins from flowing into the Salinas River under the terms of a settlement reached with two conservation groups. 

US Coast Guard

New data shows the oily three-mile-long sheen that developed off the coast of Goleta last week was caused by natural seepage. 

US Coast Guard

UPDATE - Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 3:06 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said Thursday that "a slew of" oil samples were sent to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut Thursday morning to determine the cause of a three-mile-long sheen discovered Wednesday.

Pacific Southwest Region USFWS

A large solar farm proposed for agriculture land near the line between Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties can now move forward following a deal over environmental issues. Construction on the California Flats Solar Project is set to break ground later this year.

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