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Space needed to house abandoned Snowy Plover eggs in the Tri-Counties

A Western Snowy Plover
A Western Snowy Plover

They’re small shore birds, whose beach habitat is threatened by human use.

Abandoned Snowy Plover eggs have been able to be incubated and hatched at the Santa Barbara Zoo but they’re out of room.

"We have a very robust, dynamic [conservation] program," said Rich Block, the President and CEO of the Santa Barbara Zoo. "We were literally out of space.

Block was checking out the progress of the Cal State Channel Islands conservation center which is a partnership with the Zoo. He says the extra space created by the center cannot come quickly enough.

"This actually provides that capability. We now have the space, the facility, the resources that when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service comes to us with kind of an urgent need, we can be much more responsive," said Block.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.