Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Andree Clark Bird Refuge, a 42-acre saltwater marsh is one of the largest wildlife refuges in Santa Barbara County, California. [ [ Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara ] ] This site also consists of a 29-acre freshwater/brackish lake, which drains into East Beach.

The refuge is surrounded by the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, Highway 101, and East Cabrillo Boulevard.


Originally, water from Sycamore Creek drained into the lake. However, in the 1880s the construction of a railroad through the area blocked off the inflow of water. In the 1870s and early 1880s Bradley's Race Track surrounded the pond [Days, M.L. (1977). Histories of individual parks Santa Barbara California. Santa Barbara, CA: City Planning Committee.] ]

In the 1920s, Santa Barbara restored the site for the purpose of providing a refuge for wild birds that are migrating through or permanently residing in the area [ [ Coming Soon! ] ] .

In 1928 Huguette M. Clark, owner of the Clark Estate across from the salt pond, agreed to donate $50,000 to excavate the pond and create an artificial freshwater lake. Mrs. Clark stipulated that the facility would be named Andree Clark Bird Refuge after her deceased sister [ [ untitled ] ] . Both Clark sisters were daughters of "Copper King" William Andrews Clark. The Clarks donated more money in 1930 to complete the work modeled after Ralph Stevens' plans.

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