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Hybrid Tundra Joins the Fleet

E-News, Publications

September 2023

Eco Tours offer visitors a chance to learn about the unique ecosystems, wildlife, and plant species on Catalina Island. The tours are led by knowledgeable naturalist guides who provide insights into the Island’s geology, history, and conservation efforts. By educating visitors, the tours promote a deeper appreciation for the Island’s natural resources and the importance of protecting them.

The latest addition to the Eco Tour fleet is a customized hybrid Toyota Tundra, nicknamed “The Sage” due to its design. The introduction of a hybrid vehicle reflects continued efforts by the Conservancy toward environmentally friendly options and design that aligns with the organization’s values. Quality Coachworks of Ontario completed modifications to the 2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid with i-force max engine including the installation of additional seats, a sun canopy with reinforced roll bars, USB plugs, and more.

Catalina Island Conservancy Eco Tours are not only an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the Island’s natural beauty but also a means to support vital conservation initiatives. Explore the wonder of the wildlands today!



Dig into Plants
Expand your horticultural knowledge with the final two Last Friday Lecture Series events of 2023! In September, Conservancy Rare Plant Ecology Kevin Alison will discuss the varied propagation strategies used to conserve Catalina’s unique flora, and why some techniques work best with particular species. October will focus on white sage (Salvia apiana), with an exclusively in-person screening of “Saging the World.” The award-winning documentary fosters understanding and inspires action for white sage, a species deeply rooted in indigenous culture. Rose Ramirez, a native plant gardener, basketweaver, photographer, and educator of Chumash descent, will be available for a Q&A after the screening.



Art and Advocacy
Art and conservation intersect in meaningful and multifaceted ways, often working together to raise awareness, inspire action, and promote a deeper understanding of the natural world. This collaboration bridges the gap between creative expression and environmental preservation. This year’s Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale features ten nationally renowned artists who have documented remarkable vistas, secluded beaches and favorite locales during their painting trips to the Island this past year. These artists have captured landscapes, flora, and fauna in their purest forms, reminding us of what’s worth preserving.

Catalina Island Conservancy’s 13th annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale returns on Sunday, October 22nd. One hundred paintings, specifically created for this show, will be on display and available for purchase both in person at Newport Harbor Yacht Club and online. Sponsorship and Priority Access ticket options are available that provide early access to purchase paintings while also supporting Conservancy programs. Sponsors recognize that the merging of creativity with environmental concerns leads to art that inspires advocates for Catalina’s future and contribute to the preservation of the Island’s natural beauty and resources. Another way to support the Conservancy’s mission is to volunteer your time. If you are interested in volunteering at the art show, please reach out to [email protected].



Preparing for Hurricane Hilary
Southern California experienced a severe weather event in August with the formation of Hurricane Hilary. This Pacific hurricane reached its peak as a Category 4 hurricane, downgrading to a Tropical Storm before reaching Catalina. Catalina entities faced Los Angeles County orders including a Tropical Storm and Flash Flood Warning and a recommended evacuation. Conservancy facilities and operations, including the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, Trailhead visitor center and Eco Tours paused, and Rangers ensured that wildlands campers were safely provided evacuation opportunities.

Volunteering at Ackerman Native Plant Nursery is one of the Conservancy’s most popular and plentiful opportunities. In fact, there will be eight chances in August to head to the nursery to help. Work tasks vary based on need and can include anything from watering to repotting to cleaning. There are duties available for all activity levels.


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