The Santa Cruz Basin 120W33N IBA occupies 45,893 hectares of pelagic open water habitat. The IBA is located in the Southern California Bight ecoregion.

The Santa Cruz Basin is located in Santa Barbara county just southeast of Santa Cruz Island, which forms the northern border of the basin. The southern boundary is marked by San Nicolas Island and Santa Barbara Island. The depth of the basin reaches 1078 meters squared. The basin is connected to the San Nicolas Basin on the southeast edge.

The Santa Cruz Basin is located in Santa Barbara county just southeast of Santa Cruz Island, which forms the northern border of the basin. The southern boundary is marked by San Nicolas Island and Santa Barbara Island. The depth of the basin reaches 1078 meters squared. The basin is connected to the San Nicolas Basin on the southeast edge.

It is owned and managed as: federal-other, and has the following primary uses: military-other and tourism/recreation-other.

Santa Cruz Basin 120W33N is an IBA for the following species: Western Gull. It contains an estimated 1,385 Western Gull (breeding).

Ornithological Summary

Santa Cruz Basin 120W33N is an IBA for the following species: Western Gull. It contains an estimated 1,385 Western Gull (breeding). These surveys were conducted between 1989 and 2006.

Ownership

The Santa Cruz Basin 120W33N IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other.

Habitat

The Santa Cruz Basin 120W33N IBA is characterized by the following habitat types: open water. The IBA is located in the Southern California Bight ecoregion. The area has a Mediterranean climate that is characterized by cool, wet winters and hot dry summers. This climate is slightly milder than the mainland counterpart due to the marine influence, which creates milder summers, increased humidity and more fog. Average temperatures range from 53-39º F in the winter and between 62-70º F in the summer months.

Land Use

The Santa Cruz Basin 120W33N IBA is used for: military-other and tourism/recreation-other.

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