CATALINA'S AMAZING WILDLIFE AND HABITAT
 

Conservation is a branch of science that deals with the protection, restoration, management, and sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. The Conservancy maintains a healthy balance between protecting Catalina's unique environment and serving the needs of a diverse public. While many conservation organizations may exclude people from wild lands as a protection strategy, the Catalina Island Conservancy actively encourages the public to explore, hike, bike, and camp in the Island’s beautiful interior. 

By promoting public access to the wonders of  wild Catalina, the Conservancy generates greater understanding, appreciation, and support for its conservation mission. 
  
Just a few examples of Catalina Island Conservancy conservation projects include the recovery of the Catalina Island fox,  invasive plant removal, fire recovery, and support of the island’s magnificent bald eagles.  You can learn more below!

Catalina Island is home to more than 60 plant and animal species found on Catalina and nowhere else in the world. Follow the links below to find information on a sampling of Conservancy programs aimed at protecting and restoring Catalina's unique wildlands and their inhabitants.

PLANTS KNOWN TO OCCUR ON CATALINA ISLAND

ANIMALS KNOWN TO OCCUR ON CATALINA ISLAND

JAMES H. ACKERMAN NATIVE PLANT NURSERY
In the late 1980's, the Catalina Island Conservancy established a native plant nursery at Middle Ranch to provide plant and seed material for its revegetation needs on Santa Catalina Island. Plants are grown from seed or cutting material collected from plants growing in the wild on the island. Plant restoration goals are varied and may include rare plant conservation, erosion control, and habitat restoration. More...

CATALINA ISLAND FOX RECOVERY
The Catalina Island fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae) has been resident on the island for at least 6,200 years. The Catalina Island fox is the largest endemic mammal on the island. A descendant of the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), it is one of the six recognized subspecies of the island gray fox (Urocyon littoralis) that live on six of the California Channel Islands. This subspecies is found only on Catalina Island. More...

BALD EAGLES ON CATALINA ISLAND
The DDT contamination that almost spelled the end of bald eagles on Catalina Island seems like a thing of the past. In spring of 2014, 5 chicks hatched naturally in 4 nests across the Island. These followed the groundbreaking “Easter Miracle” in 2007 when four bald eagles hatched for the first time in 50 years without human assistance.

Join Peter Sharpe, Ph.D. Wildlife Biologist for the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS), and his team as they update you on the bald eagles on Catalina and the other Channel Islands. Click here.
BIRD MONITORING
Information collected during spring and summer breeding bird surveys improves our understanding of which species are using the habitat on Catalina for nesting. This allows us to document the changes in the assemblage of breeding species in relation to habitat changes and land management on the island. It is also important to know what species are in jeopardy when assessing various threats and the possible conservation actions on Catalina, as well as generally making informed land-use decisions.  More...
RESEARCH STUDIES
Research is an integral part of the Catalina Island Conservancy's Mission Statement. The Conservancy welcomes research that will support its ecological restoration, conservation, and land management goals. Studies in disciplines such as geology, soils, archaeology, botany, ornithology, mammalogy, entomology, taxonomy, genetics and ecology are all vital to the success of the Conservancy's mission. More...


ENDEMIC SPECIES

RARE AND ENDANGERED PLANTS
 

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