Catalina Island News

Circumnavigation of Santa Catalina Island?

Catalina Island Conservancy

Join the Catalina Island Conservancy for a trip around Santa Catalina Island aboard Catalina Classic Cruises' M/V Catalina Sentinel departing from the Queen Mary in Long Beach, with a second embarkation point in Avalon. From Avalon we will cruise along the leeward side of the Island to Emerald Bay, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch followed by a chance to hike nearby trails or relax at the beach.

After departing Emerald Bay, we will continue along the coast of the West End and then enjoy the wild windward side of the Island. The Sentinel will return to Avalon for any participants wishing to remain on the Island before returning to its final destination in Long Beach. Joining us on this trip around this Island will be experts who will share their knowledge and answer all of your questions about the geology, marine biology and terrestrial ecology of Catalina Island.

Our distinguished experts will include*:

Mark Legg, Ph.D. - Geological History of Catalina Island
President, Legg Geophysical

John Mack - Catalina's Native, Rare and Invasive Plant Communities
Chief Conservation & Education Officer - Catalina Island Conservanc

*Presenting Experts Are Subject to Change

Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00 AM to 6:45 PM

$50.00 per person for Conservancy Leadership Circle Members
$65.00 per person for General Tickets

Embarkation Times:
Long Beach/Queen Mary - Boarding at 8:00 AM/Departing Promptly at 8:30 AM
Avalon/Float 5 - Boarding at 10:00 AM/Departing Promptly at 10:30 AM

Disembarkation Times:
Avalon/Float 5 - Disembarkation at 4:45 PM/Departing Promptly at 5:15 PM
Long Beach/Queen Mary - Disembarkation at 6:45 PM

Parking Fee at the Queen Mary is $17.00 per car

Mark R. Legg, Ph.D. – Geological History of Catalina Island
President, Legg Geophysical
More than 2,500 years ago, Catalina’s first inhabitants, the Tongva, called their home Pimu or Pemú’nga – “the place where the mountains emerge from the sea.” As it turns out, the Tongva were right! What do plate tectonics have to do with the formation of Catalina Island? You’ll learn the answer to this question and more from Mark Legg, a scientist with the Southern California Earthquake Center. He’s an expert in mapping marine seismic faults and conducting earthquake hazard and risk analyses. As President of Legg Geophysical in Huntington Beach, Mark will amaze you with the true story of how Catalina Island came to be, plus some exciting new facts.

John Mack – Catalina’s Native, Rare and Invasive Plant Communities
Chief Conservation & Education Officer, Catalina Island Conservancy
John Mack joined the Catalina Island Conservancy in March 2013 as Chief Conservation and Education Officer. John is responsible for guiding the science behind the Conservancy's conservation efforts, as well as educational outreach to Catalina Island's residents and visitors. Before coming to Catalina, John served as Chief of Natural Resources for Cleveland Metroparks for which he was responsible for the management of more than 22,000 acres of forest, riparian corridor and wetlands in six northeastern Ohio counties. He was actively involved in planning and implementing long-term ecosystem restoration projects and long-term, integrated natural resource monitoring programs for terrestrial forests, streams and wetlands.