southern sea otters might occasionally occur in nearshore waters in the BEACON
project area but they are not common.
2.2.2 Federal Species of Concern and California Species of Special Concern
Federal Species of Concern and California Species of Special Concern have no legal
protection but are species considered to be in danger of declining.
Coulter's Goldfields (Lasthenia glabrata ssp. coulteri ) - Federal Species of Concern.
Coulter's goldfield is an annual plant that is usually found on akaline soils in playas,
sinks, and grasslands as well as in coastal salt marshes. It has been reported in Goleta
Slough and Carpinteria Marsh but would not be expected on the beaches in the
BEACON project area.
Common Loon (Gavia immer) - California Species of Special Concern. Loons are
diving, fish-eating birds that forage primarily in relatively deep but protected waters of
nearshore coastal waters, bays, and estuaries. They are a common transient and
winter visitor along the Santa Barbara and Ventura County coast and are rare but
regular there in summer.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - California Species of Special
Concern. Double-crested cormorants nest on the Channel Islands and are a common
transient and winter visitor along the Santa Barbara and Ventura County coast. They
are especially abundant between Goleta and Carpinteria (Lehman 1994). Like the
California brown pelican population, the southern California double-crested cormorant
population has recovered from the reproductive effects of DDT.
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) - California Species of Special Concern.
Long-billed curlews are a shorebird that breeds in the north and winters in southern
California. It is most common in sheltered mudflats but also occasionally forages along
California Gull (Larus californicus) - California Species of Special Concern. Concern
for this species is based primarily on impacts to the Mono Lake nesting colony, the main
contributor to California's population. During migration and winter, the California gull
may be the most common gull in the Santa Barbara Channel (Lehman 1994). They
frequent all major bodies of water including the open ocean, harbors, sloughs, river
mouths, lagoons, lakes, ponds, and flooded fields.
Elegant Tern (Sterna elegans) - Federal Species of Concern, Californa Species of
Special Concern. Elegant terns nest south of the BEACON project area in the Port of
Los Angeles, the Bolsa Chica wetlands, and San Diego Bay. In Santa Barbara and
Ventura Counties elegant terns are a common summer and fall visitor. They frequent
nearshore waters and beaches, harbors, sloughs, and river mouths along the immediate
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