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Goleta Pier Log

PFIC Get-Together, Goleta Pier,  July 2003.  Photo credit:  Rich Reano, webmaster,
Volunteer Time:
2006 (total):  103 days, 169 hours 
2007 (total):  238 days, 425.75 hours 
2008 (total):  223 days, 532.10 hours

November 3rd, 2008:

Parking in the County yard at the beach affords me an excellent view of the Slough 
and so I was able to capture a picture of this somewhat unusual 'raft' floating by 
this evening. At first I dismissed it as just more debris washed down by the recent rains but then I noticed something aboard moving.

Breaking out the binoculars I was able to determine that the 'raft' was, in fact, 
a palm frond serving as the temporary abode of a least two young nestlings. I was surprised that they remained aboard but then realized they were too young to fly.

Concerned for their safety I followed the progress of the Ark for 30 minutes until 
it finally drifted onto the shoreline at a point where a group of cormorants and 
egrets had congregated. By then it was becoming too dark to attempt a rescue so I 
left hoping that they had finally reached a safe refuge.

From their long bills I assumed that they were a part of the resident colony of Blue Herons ... wish I could have got a better closeup to properly identify them.

November 4th, 2008:

Found and reported an attempted break-in last night at the new Angler Center on the Pier. There was damage to both doors and to the right-hand window but the burglars were defeated by the additional security measures provided by United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC) - the County's co-partner on the Pier.  Hopefully the  County will repair the damage promptly to forestall further attempts on the weakened structure.

Also reported new graffiti that appeared overnight as well emanating from one of the local gangs ... the good news is that the graffiti was removed within two hours which
is the most timely response by the County so far.
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