Mussel Point and Paradise Beach: Quintessential California Coastline

i Dec 2nd l Comments Off 3 by Will Meyst

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By Will Meyst, Education Coordinator for the Dunes Center

On July 4th, our nation’s 239th birthday, my self and a small group of Dunes Center volunteers ventured south from Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve with two goals in mind: 1) reach Mussel Point to view the spectacular geologic formations, and 2) reach Paradise Beach (which I might add is very aptly named) to eat lunch. (more…)

Dunes in Bloom: Western Yarrow

i Jun 22nd l Comments Off 3 by Will Meyst

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This month we are spotlighting Western Yarrow, Achillea millefolium a member of the Sunflower Family. (more…)

Guadalupe Students visit The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

i Jun 18th l Comments Off 3 by Will Meyst


The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden is a living museum that contains gardens of several plant communities found in California. For more information about this amazing botanic garden you can visit their website here (the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden). Students participating in the Dunes Center’s Afterschool Botany program had the opportunity yo pay the garden a visit. Our group first made its way through the Manzanita Section which was full of fire resistant manzanita species. After a brief relaxing lunch in the nearby Home Demonstration Garden area, our group headed north into the Meadow Section. Here, students learned the important roles that meadows play in storing and filtering water from snow melt. They also learned that meadows host a diverse range of plant and flower species that attract reptiles, birds, and mammals. (more…)

Dunes in Bloom: Black Sage

i May 13th l Comments Off 3 by Will Meyst

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Common Name(s): Black Sage

Scientific Name: Salvia mellifera

Family: Lamiaceae (Mint)

Plant Type: Perennial Evergreen Shrub

Size: 3-6’ Tall and various sizes in width

Black sage is Native to Southern California and Mexico and grows between sea level and 1200 meters. Visit the Dunes Center to see this wonderful native plant in person! (more…)

Dunes in Flight: the Belted Kingfisher

i Apr 10th l Comments Off 3 by Will Meyst

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The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is our choice for this month’s “Dunes in Flight.” Kingfishers can be found throughout North America and have even been found in far off exotic regions like the Galapagos Islands and the Hawaiian Islands. Although they are widespread, they are not a particularly common sight. Lucky birders will most likely observe this species near bodies of fresh and brackish waters. There is a good chance of spotting this species at Oso Flaco Lake. (more…)

Coming Up at the Dunes Center: Building Bird Boxes for Western Bluebirds

i Mar 4th l Comments Off 3 by Will Meyst

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Building Bird Boxes for the Western Bluebird (more…)