Catalina Island Conservancy

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The Catalina Island Conservancy was formed in 1972 and is one of California’s oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. The Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 62 miles of rugged shoreline and more than 80 miles of trails. It operates the Airport in the Sky, Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and two nature centers. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is home to more than 60 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world.
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Catalina Island Conservancy’s Second Annual Halloween in the Garden Attracts Larger Crowds and Offers More Spooky Fun
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The Catalina Island Conservancy's Families in Nature program hosted its Second Annual Halloween in the Garden on Oct. 29, drawing larger crowds than last year and offering more spooky fun for trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Catalina Island Conservancy Receives $250,000 Grant from Andeavor
Monday, October 23, 2017
The Catalina Island Conservancy has received a $250,000 grant from Andeavor to support its NatureWorks program, an innovative partnership with the Long Beach United School District that offers students strong academic and field experiences on Catalina. The program helps students see firsthand how they could work in ecotourism, conservation or other fields requiring STEM-related skills.

Catalina Island Conservancy Hosts Second Annual Halloween in the Garden
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Catalina Island Conservancy invites residents to join its Families in Nature program for a hauntingly fun evening of dancing, crafts, games, prizes and delicious treats at the Second Annual Halloween in the Garden party on Oct. 29 at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden.

Spotlight on Featured Artists: Cindy Baron and Kathleen Dunphy
Friday, October 13, 2017
The Catalina Island Conservancy's 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show is less than ten days away and tickets are selling fast. This year's event will be held at Balboa Yacht Club on Sunday, October 22. Priority Access tickets provide early access for painting purchases and are only available as pre-sale tickets.

Spotlight on Featured Artists: Brian Stewart and Debra Huse
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Join us a the Catalina Island Conservancy's 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show at Balboa Yacht Club Ocober 22. Two of the featured artists are Don Demers and Brian Blood. This is the fourth installment in a series that will introduce each of our 10 featured artists, with a preview of their work for this year's show.

Spotlight on Featured Artists: Don Demers and Brian Blood
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Join us a the Catalina Island Conservancy's 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show at Balboa Yacht Club. Two of the featured artists are Don Demers and Brian Blood.

Spotlight on Featured Artists: Michael Obermeyer and Ron Rencher
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Artists Michael Obermeyer and Ron Rencher will be featured at 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show. This is the second installment in a series that will introduce each of our 10 featured artists, with a preview of their work for this year's show.

Spotlight on Featured Artists: Laurie Kersey and Kim Lordier
Friday, September 29, 2017
On October 22, the Catalina Island Conservancy will host the 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show at Balboa Yacht Club. The show will feature the works of 10 nationally recognized plein air artists who, over the next few weeks, we will introduce to you in this series.

Catalina Island Conservancy Names New Director of Conservation
Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Catalina Island Conservancy today announced the appointment of a new director of conservation, Frank Galea, who has 30 years of conservation experience as a wildlife biologist in Northern California. In his new position, Galea will supervise the Conservancy’s conservation staff and programs to help the nonprofit organization fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring Catalina Island.

Catalina Island Conservancy Hosts the 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show on Oct. 22
Monday, September 18, 2017
The works of 10 nationally recognized plein air artists will be featured Oct. 22 at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show, an event that supports the Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs.

Catalina Island Conservancy Celebrates the Completion of Trekking Catalina
Monday, August 21, 2017
Catalina Island Conservancy is celebrating the completion of Trekking Catalina, a new master trails system that includes 27 miles of new and enhanced hiking trails and is the biggest addition to the Catalina trails system since the completion of the Trans-Catalina Trail in 2009. The Conservancy partners with REI and Brouwerij West to Host Celebration in San Pedro

Catalina Island Conservancy Focuses on Restoring Island by Saving Endangered Species and Removing Invasive Ones
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Trekking through Catalina’s canyons, his eyes trained on the ground, Peter Dixon is on a quest. The Catalina Island Conservancy’s plant conservation manager is searching for one of 32 rare or endangered plants on Catalina, a tiny flowering annual known as the Thread-leaf rock cress (Sibara filifolia).

Catalina Island Conservancy Celebrated its 22nd Annual Ball by “Taking Flight”
Thursday, April 06, 2017
The Catalina Island Conservancy and more than 500 guests celebrated “Taking Flight” at the 22nd Annual Conservancy Ball on Saturday, April 1, in the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom. The sellout crowd enjoyed an elegant event at the Avalon Casino Ballroom.

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden among 15 Best Botanical Gardens in California
Saturday, March 25, 2017
The Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden was selected the 15 best botanical gardens in California by ProFlowers. A visit to a botanical garden is a great way to get outdoors and indulge the senses—especially if you live in the Golden State. We’re highlighting 15 of the best public gardens in California, so you can start planning your next visit.

Celebrate “Taking Flight” at the 22nd Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball
Friday, March 17, 2017
Please join the Catalina Island Conservancy as it celebrates “Taking Flight” at its 22nd Annual Conservancy Ball on April 1, 2017 at the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom.

Catalina Island Marathon Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Catalina Island Marathon, California’s oldest trail marathon, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on March 11 when runners arrive on the Island to once again tackle one of country’s most scenic courses across the rugged wildlands stewarded by the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Course Catalina Educates Future Scientists
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The youngsters eagerly hiked nearly three miles roundtrip to Catalina’s Ben Weston Beach, frequently stopping on the trail to ask about plants and bugs and how they fit into the Island’s ecosystem. They dug through the sand at the beach in search of tiny insects they’d never seen before, and they seriously sniffed a twig of coastal sage to understand why it’s sometimes called “cowboy cologne.”

A Lifetime of Catalina Memories Fuels Interest In Catalina Island Conservancy Membership
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Seymour Beek has a lifetime of Catalina Island memories. He first came to the Island at the age of five with his father, who owned the historic Balboa Island Ferry that transports vehicles and passengers between Newport Beach and the popular island getaway.

Vacationing and Volunteering Go Together with the Catalina Island Conservancy
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Weed whacking, road patching and trail building don’t sound like fun vacation activities. But they are for Phillip Dukes, a high school teacher from Tucson who volunteers to spend his vacations performing these tasks and much more for the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Catalina Island Conservancy’s NatureWorks Program Prepares Local Youth for Future Employment
Monday, December 19, 2016
At the age of 18, Blanca Alvarez had lived on Catalina her entire life and believed she knew the Island well. Then she was introduced to NatureWorks, the Catalina Island Conservancy’s educational program, and she discovered there was much more to learn about the very special place she calls home.

Suzy Gardner Joins Catalina Island Conservancy
Monday, December 12, 2016
New Chief Development Officer Will Combine Passion and Profession. Bringing extensive experience in business and nonprofit organizations, Suzy Gardner joined the Catalina Island Conservancy today as its new chief development officer. She will oversee the nonprofit organization’s fundraising, communications, marketing and membership programs as well as its events and other development functions.

Halloween in the Garden is Big Success
Saturday, November 26, 2016
More than 600 members of the Catalina Island community joined the Catalina Island Conservancy in celebrating Halloween in the Garden with food, games, contests and environmental education. There were a lot smiles as the kids ventured along the spooky trail developed by Conservancy staff, created masks and dashed around the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic garden in search of treasure hunt stations so that they could win a goodie bag.

Catalina Conservancy asks “Will you go out with us?”
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The traditional holiday shopping season kicks off later this month, and millions of Americans across the country are expected to flock to malls and shopping centers looking to capitalize on “Black Friday” deals. The Catalina Island Conservancy announced that it will once again be joining outdoor retail giant REI in encouraging the public to forgo their shopping plans and instead “Opt Outside” and enjoy the great outdoors.

Catalina Island Conservancy Receives Donation from Las Caballeras
Monday, November 07, 2016
Las Caballeras, an organization of horsewomen who gather every fall for a six-day vacation with their horses on Catalina, recently presented the Catalina Island Conservancy with a $1,400 donation for the bison, which was from contributions collected during their ride this year on Catalina.

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Draws Art Fans to Balboa
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Art lovers crowded the Newport Harbor Yacht Club on Sunday, October 23 for the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Sixth Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show, where they admired and purchased the works of the 10 nationally recognized plein air artists who showcased their interpretations of Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors.

Catalina Island Conservancy Announces Appointment of New Chief Operating Officer
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Tim Kielpinski, a West Point graduate and former Army captain who has managed facilities at both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, recently joined the Catalina Island Conservancy as its new chief operating officer. He replaces Tony Budrovich, who became the Conservancy’s president and CEO in June.

Catalina Island Conservancy Celebrates the Launch of Trekking Catalina
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Catalina Island Conservancy broke ground Friday on Trekking Catalina, the most extensive enhancement of the organization’s hiking trail network since the 2009 opening of the 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail. It also honored Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe for his many contributions to the Conservancy and the Island during the new trail groundbreaking at Patrick’s Reservoir, one of the trailheads in Catalina’s wildlands, and a celebratory picnic at Haypress Recreation Area.

Meet the Final Four Artists Participating in Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Over the last two weeks, we have introduced you to six of the 10 plein air artists who will be featured at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show on Oct. 23. This week, please meet four more of the nationally recognized artists who have spent time on the Island creating art for the event: Debra Huse, Kim Lordier, Ron Rencher and Matt Smith.

Catalina Island Conservancy Hosts Conservation and Education Symposium
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The Catalina Island Conservancy invites the public to join it for its annual Conservation and Education Symposium on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Hyatt Centric the Pike in Long Beach. Titled "Finding the Balance," the one-day mini-symposium begins at 10 a.m. and offers a series of short presentations by Conservancy biologists, educators and research partners.

Catalina Island Conservancy to Celebrate the Launch of Hiking Trail Expansion New Trail Groundbreaking
Thursday, October 13, 2016
On Oct. 14, the Catalina Island Conservancy will celebrate the launch of Trekking Catalina, the most extensive enhancement and expansion of its hiking trail network since the 2009 opening of the 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail. It will host a new trail groundbreaking that will honor Los Angeles Fourth District County Supervisor Don Knabe and a celebratory picnic on Catalina’s wildlands.

Halloween in the Garden
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Join the Catalina Island Conservancy for a Halloween in the Garden spooktacular on Sunday, October 30th. The event takes place from from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden.

Catalina Island Conservancy’s Leader Retiring Oct. 7
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
After 13 years as president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy, Ann M. Muscat, PhD, will be retiring on Oct 7. As Ann leaves for her next adventure, we look back at highlights of the Conservancy’s accomplishments during her tenure.

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Showcases Plein Air Artists
Friday, September 16, 2016
We introduced you last week to three of the plein air painters who will be featured at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Sixth Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show on Oct. 23. This week, we would like to you to meet three more artists: Kathleen Dunphy, John Cosby and Don Demers.

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Set for Oct. 23
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
On Oct. 23, the Catalina Island Conservatory will host the Sixth Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, featuring the works of 10 nationally recognized plein air artists who have interpreted Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors.

Meet Tony Budrovich, Catalina Island Conservancy’s New President & CEO
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Please allow me this opportunity to introduce myself, while bidding a fond farewell and delivering a well-deserved “thank you” to the Catalina Island Conservancy’s long-term retiring president and CEO, Ann Muscat, PhD. As a life-long resident of Southern California, I am thrilled to call Catalina home, and I am honored to be the Conservancy’s sixth president and CEO.

Catalina Island Conservancy Saving Endangered Species and Removing Invasive Ones
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Trekking through Catalina’s canyons, his eyes trained on the ground, Peter Dixon is on a quest. The Catalina Island Conservancy’s plant conservation manager is searching for one of 32 rare or endangered plants on Catalina, a tiny flowering annual known

Catalina Island Conservancy Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Visitors’ Center
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The Catalina Island Conservancy celebrated another major milestone in IMAGINE CATALINA, its long-range strategic vision and master plan, with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for its new visitors’ center, The Trailhead. A crowd of supporters – including Avalon leaders and the

Catalina Island Conservancy Board Selects Tony Budrovich as President and CEO
Monday, June 06, 2016
Tony Budrovich, who has served as the Catalina Island Conservancy’s chief operating officer for more than a year, will become the organization’s new president and CEO on June 25, replacing Ann M. Muscat, PhD. Budrovich already lives on Catalina Island

Protect Catalina’s Birds and Foxes by Carefully Trimming Trees and Clearing Brush
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Spring is a traditional time for trimming trees and clearing brush on Catalina Island, especially after California’s prolonged drought. But spring is also the time when many of the Island’s birds are nesting and the Catalina Island foxes are denning.

AmeriCorps NCCC Aids Catalina Island Conservancy
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
An AmeriCorps National Civilian Corps (NCCC) team is partnering with the Catalina Island Conservancy to protect and restore the Island from March 23 to May 10. The “Gold Three” team of 10 AmeriCorps volunteers will be working with the Conservancy to

Catalina Island Marathon to Bring Hundreds of Walkers and Runners to the Wildlands
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Nearly one thousand walkers and runners will take to the streets of Avalon and Catalina Island’s wildlands on Saturday for the Catalina Island Marathon, an annual event that helps support the Catalina Island Conservancy’s mission to restore and protect the

Preserving Catalina’s Plants to Increase Understanding of the Island’s Fauna
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Catalina Island Conservancy’s herbarium is one of the Island’s best kept secrets. Located just outside the gates of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, the herbarium is a small building that houses a treasure trove of about 3,000 preserved

Catalina Island Conservancy Volunteers Experience and Enjoy the Wild Side
Thursday, January 07, 2016
They came from cities, towns and rural areas ranging from North Carolina to California. A few had graduated college. One had just completed high school, and others were midway in their higher education journey. While their backgrounds varied widely, the eight

Beware Bug-bearing Christmas Trees
Saturday, December 19, 2015
On Catalina, we are always on the lookout for invasive species that could harm the delicate balance of the Island’s ecosystem. From raccoons that stow away on boats to plant species never before seen on the Island, many diligent boaters,

Endangered foxes on Catalina Island get promising treatment to reduce ear tumors
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Until recently, endangered foxes on California’s Catalina Island were suffering from one of the highest prevalences of tumors ever documented in a wildlife population, UC Davis scientists have found. But treatment of ear mites appears to be helping the wild

Mark Your Calendar to Enjoy the Wild Side with the Catalina Island Conservancy
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Please mark your calendars to join the Catalina Island Conservancy on one of its day-long visits to the wild side through its Families in Nature program. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Conservancy will be offering Island families an opportunity

Small Plane Crashes at Catalina Island Airport
Sunday, November 29, 2015
A small single-engine private aircraft crashed Sundayafternoon, November 29th,while attempting to landat Catalina Island’s Airport In The Sky.  The incident occurred around noon. According to airport personnel, the plane ran off the end of the runwayand ended up upside down

Catalina Island Conservancy Encourages Public to #OptOutside on Black Friday
Monday, November 23, 2015
The traditional holiday shopping season kicks off this Friday, as millions of Americans across the country flock to malls and shopping centers looking to capitalize on “Black Friday” deals.  However,­­ the Catalina Island Conservancy announced today that it is joining

Catalina Eco Marathon Seeks To Become Even More Environmentally Friendly
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The annual Catalina Eco Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on Catalina Island on Saturday, November 21st, and the Catalina Island Conservancy and Spectrum Sports Management are working together to make this year's event the greenest yet. "This year we

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale Attracts Crowd
Sunday, November 08, 2015
Art lovers perused and purchased the works of eight nationally-recognized plein air painters at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s 5th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale on Sunday at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The guests were eager to

Join the Catalina Island Conservancy Nov. 13 for a Research Update
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
The Catalina Island Conservancy will host its Annual Conservation and Education Symposium on Friday, Nov. 13, in Long Beach to provide the public with the latest information about ongoing research and surveys of Catalina’s geology, archeology, hydrology and more. Among the

Catalina Island Conservancy Rebuilds Storm-Damaged White’s Landing Pier
Monday, November 02, 2015
The Catalina Island Conservancy recently completed the reconstruction of White’s Landing Pier, which was essentially destroyed by the storm surge and high surf caused by Hurricane Marie as it churned in the waters off the coast of Baja in August

Catalina Island Conservancy Working to Protect Bat Population
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Fairy tales and myths portray bats as symbols of evil, ingredients to be stirred into witches’ brews and the cause of children’s nightmares. In reality, these flying mammals are essential to the ecosystem on Catalina Island and around the world

Catalina Island Conservancy Hosts Wild Side Art Show
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Catalina Island Conservancy is thrilled to announce that the 5th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale will be returning to the Newport Harbor Yacht Club on Sunday, October 25. Since its inception in 2011 the Catalina: The

Families in Nature and Kids in Nature: Back in Business!
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
With the school year underway, the Catalina Island Conservancy is resuming its popular programs that give Island families and students opportunities to experience and increase their knowledge of Catalina's wildlands and its wildlife. The first Families in Nature outing of the

Catalina Island Conservancy 2015 Conservation and Education Symposium
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The Catalina Island Conservancy will host its Annual Conservation and Education Symposium on Nov. 13 in Long Beach to provide the public with interesting presentations detailing the latest research and surveys of Catalina’s plants, animals and human culture. Among the topics

Avalon Residents Explore Island’s Wild Side with Conservancy’s Families in Nature Program
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Every year, from September through April, the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Education Department offers a once-monthly program free to all Catalina residents, called Families in Nature. The program offers residents an opportunity to explore and experience the beautiful wildlands of Catalina. The

Catalina’s First Islanders were Ingenious in their Use of Natural Materials
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Humans have been living on the Channel Islands for upwards of 15,000 years with the oldest known habitation dates on Catalina Island at least 8,000 years ago. The Los Angeles basin and other southern Channel Islands, including Catalina Island, were

New Chief Operating Officer Brings Decades of Expertise to Catalina Island Conservancy
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Tony Budrovich, who has more than three decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations and public venues that educate and inform the public, is the Catalina Island Conservancy's new chief operating officer. "I love the Conservancy's focus on conservation, education and

Catalina Island Conservancy Offers Naturalist-Led Hikes
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Catalina Island Conservancy will offer summer visitors to the Island naturalist-led hikes along Catalina’s most popular and easily accessible trail, the Garden to Sky Trail. On these hikes, visitors will be able to learn about Catalina’s natural and cultural history

Mobile Nature Station to Bring Catalina’s Wild Side to Avalon
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
To provide information and education about Catalina’s wild side to Avalon’s visitors, the Catalina Island Conservancy will station its Mobile Nature Station near the Mole this summer. It will be located at the corner of Pebbly Beach Road and Crescent

Rare, Giant Oarfish Found on Catalina Island
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Two conservation staffers from the Catalina Island Conservancy got a big surprise Monday morning while walking the beach near Catalina Island's Emerald Bay. Wildlife biologist, Tyler Dvorak, and conservation operations coordinator, Amy Catalano, were conducting a breeding bird survey when

Conservancy Volunteers Have Fun and Help Improve the Island
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Digging ditches and pulling posts is hard work, but the members of the travel industry who recently volunteered with the Catalina Island Conservancy didn't shy away from tackling those tasks. Some 40 members of Tourism Cares, an organization that seeks to

Renowned Plein Air Artists Featured at Catalina Island Conservancy Artist Salon
Sunday, May 03, 2015
The Catalina Island Conservancy will be hosting an Artist Salon on Sunday, May 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Castillo del Mar in Avalon. This event is a precursor to the Conservancy's Catalina: The Wild Side Art

Guests Enjoy Elegant Evening at the 20th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
More than 400 guests enjoyed an elegant evening of dining, dancing and supporting the Catalina Island Conservancy at its 20th Annual Conservancy Ball on April 11 in the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom. Over its history, the fun-filled event has raised

Catalina Island Conservancy President and CEO Announces Planned Retirement
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Ann Muscat, PhD, the president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy, announced today that she will be retiring at the end of 2016 to provide time for the nonprofit organization to find her replacement and for her successor to

Look but Don’t Eat Toxic Plants
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Catalina is home to two of planet's most toxic plants, both imports from the Old World. There are also native plants here that contain powerful chemicals that cause harm when ingested. On Catalina Island, we might think about toxins as

34th Annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup is a Big Success
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The 34th Annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup was a big success with nearly 550 participants contributing to a one-day effort that recovered and removed nearly 3,000 pounds of trash from the waters surrounding Catalina Island. It was a great day of

Increased Human Interactions Pose Dangers to Catalina Island Foxes
Monday, March 09, 2015
The Catalina Island Conservancy's fox recovery program brought the endangered Catalina Island fox back from the brink of extinction in less than 15 years, resulting in a population of more than 1,700 in 2014. But more foxes mean more interactions with

Celebrating 20 years of the Conservancy Ball
Thursday, February 12, 2015
More than 20 years ago, Randy Boelsems recalls a beautiful Catalina day, when he was sitting on his boat, admiring the historic Casino Ballroom and thinking: Wouldn't it be great to go to an event there? From that one thought

Making a Difference in Catalina’s Water Future
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
As conservation managers at the Catalina Island Conservancy, we are always seeking ways to conserve our resources and create a more sustainable operation. As such, we have researched ways for us to conserve water while ensuring we are meeting our

Ways to Increase Catalina’s Water Supply
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Catalina Island is already using desalinization to increase its water supply. As the Island continues to face rationing because of the prolonged drought, it may be time to consider even more ways to "produce" more water on the Island. Last week,

The Future of Water on Catalina Island
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Over the past two weeks, we’ve gone over the basic facts of water on Catalina Island, from who owns it and is required to provide water to the basics about where and when water arrives and leaves the Island. In this,

Facts about Catalina’s Water Supplies
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The prolonged drought is creating shortages throughout California, and Catalina is experiencing similar challenges.  The big difference is our water system is completely independent of any mainland system. As we explained in last week’s column from the Catalina Island Conservancy, Southern

Answers to Common Questions about Catalina’s Water Supply
Sunday, January 11, 2015
The ongoing drought and the start of mandatory rationing are generating a lot of discussion about how we arrived at this point (again), and what we might do next. To better inform the conversation and help us all understand the

Experiencing Catalina’s Beauty while Giving Back to the Island
Thursday, January 08, 2015
One of the best ways to experience Catalina’s beauty is to volunteer, and the Catalina Island Conservancy offers many opportunities for residents and visitors. Two ongoing volunteer opportunities offer the chance to view magnificent landscapes and possibly spot some of the

Avalon Students Make Signs for the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Curious tourists, plant lovers, hikers and wedding couples aren’t the only people who find their way to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. This fall, the Catalina Island Conservancy turned Anita Rockwell’s Avalon High School graphic design class loose with

Nature’s Value Adds up to more than Its Beauty
Sunday, December 21, 2014
We've all stopped at some point to gaze at a beautiful view, glimpse a majestic wild animal or admire the complex architecture of a tree. In these moments, we value nature for its ability to make us feel good. But

Conservancy Provides Weather Information for Wild Lands
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wondering about the latest weather on other parts of Catalina Island? The Catalina Island Conservancy has a map that reports weather conditions at various points on Catalina wildlands. It can be accessed at The website provides a weather map that

Conservancy’s Eco Marathon Gaining in Popularity
Monday, December 08, 2014
This year, the Catalina Island Conservancy combined two of its popular running events - the Eco Marathon and the Half Marathon - into one exciting event called the "Trail Venture" held on Nov. 8. The Conservancy's goal was to create

Will Climate Change Affect Catalina?
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Catalina Island Conservancy and other land managers all over the globe must now address climate as they plan for the future. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the Earth's average temperature has increased by 1.4 degrees F over

Conservancy’s REGI Program Gives Avalon Students Valuable Job Experience
Sunday, November 23, 2014
For 11 years, the Catalina Island Conservancy's Rose Ellen Gardner Internship (REGI) has been helping train the next generation of Island leaders. The REGI program is named in honor of Rose Ellen Gardner, the former CEO and president of the

Help Keep Catalina’s Wildlife Wild
Monday, November 10, 2014
Catalina has spectacular opportunities to view wildlife. Between the thriving marine ecosystem and vibrant landscape, numerous species find refuge on and around the Island. To keep the island’s wildlife healthy, it’s essential that it not be fed by humans. Feeding wildlife

Bison Bling Helping Biologists Study Iconic Herd
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
If you have made your way into the Island's interior recently, you may have noticed that a few of the bison have been outfitted with some new bling. In May, five bison females, or cows, were fitted with satellite linked global

Public Invited to 2014 Catalina Island Conservancy Symposium on Nov. 14
Friday, October 31, 2014
The Catalina Island Conservancy will host a one-day Conservation and Education Symposium on Nov. 14 in Long Beach to provide the public with captivating discussions about research and surveys of Catalina's plants and animals, as well as the protection of

Catalina’s Bird Population includes Rare Finds and Colorful Migrants
Thursday, October 30, 2014
A Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) appears to be like the nearly 1 million visitors to Catalina every year: It has taken its own vacation on the Island. Often referred to as a Mexican eagle, the Crested Caracara is known to

How Catalina Plants Have Adapted to Survive Drought Conditions
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
California's prolonged drought conditions have presented a significant challenge to all of Catalina Island's residents. But its plant population has developed a number of coping mechanisms that ensure its survival during extended dry periods. Southern California is classified as a Mediterranean-type

Catalina’s Reptiles and Amphibians are Small in Stature, Serious in Significance
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Much attention is paid to Catalina Island's iconic critters - bison, fox and eagle. But the smaller, less conspicuous animals that dwell on the ground also deserve notice. Reptiles and amphibians, collectively referred to as herpetofauna (herps) by scientists, play a

Meet the Newcomers to Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
We previously introduced you to the eight talented artists who have been featured in past shows and will once again be participating in the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale on Sunday. This week, in the

Research Team Finds Rare Seabird Breeding on Catalina’s Ship Rock
Monday, October 20, 2014
The California Institute of Environmental Studies (CIES) and the Catalina Island Conservancy recently teamed up to explore Ship Rock in search of the Ashy Storm-Petrel, a rare nocturnal seabird, believed to be nesting in the crevices. Harry Carter, the team leader,

Las Caballeras donate to Bison Drought Relief Fund
Sunday, October 19, 2014
For 20 years the Las Caballeras horsewomen have gathered on Catalina Island, with their horses, for a week's vacation. Each year they make donations to different causes and organizations. This year a donation was made to the Bison Drought Relief

Meet the Artists for Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show
Thursday, October 16, 2014
We introduced you last week to four of the plein air painters who will be featured at the Catalina Island Conservancy's Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale on Oct. 26. This week, we would like to you to

Keck Foundation Funds Catalina Island Conservancy’s Educational Program
Sunday, October 12, 2014
The W.M. Keck Foundation, one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations, recently awarded a generous grant to the Catalina Island Conservancy to initiate NatureWorks, an innovative school program to serve Avalon students from kindergarten through 12th grade with hands-on learning

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Features Award-winning Artists
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
On Oct. 26, the Catalina Island Conservancy will once again sponsor Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale, featuring plein air paintings that capture the conservation of this Island we all love. In a unique use of art for conservation’s

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Set for Oct. 26 in Balboa
Monday, October 06, 2014
The art of 10 nationally recognized plein air painters, who have captured Catalina Island's conservation in their works, will be on display and for sale on Oct. 26 at Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale at the Newport

Helping the Bison Herd in the Drought
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Bison were first brought to the Island for a movie in 1924, and there's been a herd of them on Catalina ever since. The Catalina Island Conservancy, which protects 88% of Catalina Island, owns and manages the bison to protect the

Catalina Island Home to at Least 60 Species found Nowhere Else
Thursday, September 18, 2014
From the tiny Catalina Island fox to one of the world's rarest butterflies, Catalina Island is home to at least 60 plants and animals found nowhere else. Known as endemic species because they are found exclusively in one geographic area,

4th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The 2014 Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale will be crossing the channel to share the amazing works with even more lovers of Catalina plein air art. The Show and Sale will be held Sunday, October 26, 2014

Summer Naturalists Educate Public and Support Island Tourism
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Four college students from across the country have been greeting visitors in Avalon and Two Harbors this summer, educating them about conservation on the Island and encouraging them to explore and experience Catalina. They are all members of the Catalina Island

Protecting Native Habitat and Species Through Deer Population Management
Monday, June 16, 2014
The Catalina Island Conservancy, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, works through a Private Land Management program to maintain a balance between the population of deer and the well-being of Catalina Island. To curb the growth in

Avalon Salon Showcases Artist John Budicin
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
In conjunction with Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale, the Catalina Island Conservancy recently hosted a Wild Side solo salon in Avalon that featured the works of plein air painter John Budicin, who has been traveling to the

Five Eaglets Poised to Leave their Nests on Catalina Island
Monday, June 02, 2014
Five bald eagle chicks are poised to leave their Catalina Island nests in the coming days, thanks to the continuing efforts of the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) and the Catalina Island Conservancy. DDT poisoning had extirpated the bald eagle

Take a Hike! Explore Catalina Island Wildlands in the Spring
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The wildflowers are in bloom, and the spring weather is perfect for a hike on one of the many trails the Catalina Island Conservancy maintains on Catalina Island. Hikers can explore spectacular canyons, experience panoramic views from mountain ridgelines, trek through

Catalina: The Wild Side
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
As art continues to play an important role in how the Catalina Island Conservancy tells the story about their work, they are excited to announce a new event - the Catalina: The Wild Side Solo Salon. The event will feature

Catalina Island Conservancy Ball a Success
Monday, April 14, 2014
The historic Avalon Casino came alive with dinner, dancing and support for the wildlife programs of the Catalina Island Conservancy on Saturday, April 5, at the 19th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball. More than 400 people celebrated the work of

Catalina Island Bald Eagle Restoration Program Thriving
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Love is in the air on Catalina Island, with the bald eagles that had disappeared from the Island for more than two decades continuing their successful recovery during this year's mating season. Two eaglets hatched in the Seal Rocks nest at

Conservancy Ball Celebrates Catalina Island’s Coves
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The 19th annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball celebrates an aspect of the isle's rugged coastline familiar to many Islanders and boaters alike: the secluded inlets that ring the Island. Catalina’s Coves: All Shore, Let’s Explore! is the theme for Conservancy’s annual

Native Plant Demonstration Garden Helping Educate the Next Generation of Conservationists
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Every school day, the preschool students arriving at Catalina Kid Ventures pass directly by a beautiful new garden filled with native Catalina plants from the Catalina Island Conservancy's Ackerman Native Plant Nursery. Most of the children are too young to understand

Catalina Island Fox Recovery Program Enjoys Continued Success
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The Catalina Island Conservancy reported today that its annual census of the Catalina Island fox found more than 1,850 of the federally endangered animals on the Island, an increase of about 350 over last year. "The continued increases in the fox

Catalina Island Giants and Dwarfs
Sunday, March 02, 2014
One fascinating thing about isolated islands, like Catalina Island, is that the average body size of certain resident species can change, and sometimes dramatically. How and why size changes occur can be driven by different physical challenges posed by the

Volunteer Divers Collect Tons of Debris from Catalina Island’s Waters
Sunday, February 23, 2014
In an annual demonstration of the need to protect Catalina Island's waters and marine life, 479 volunteer divers collected debris on Saturday from the bottom of Avalon Harbor as part of the 33rd annual underwater cleanup, supported by the Catalina

Trapdoor Spiders Need to Get Out-of-Doors More
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Several groups of sedentary homebodies on Catalina Island need to get out from under their rocks to make connections. Known to science as Bothriocyrtum californicum, the big, pudgy, subterranean trapdoor spiders could use some genetic variability for future sustainability of

Seed Conservation at Ackerman Native Plant Nursery
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
The Catalina Island Conservancy's Ackerman Native Plant Nursery's numbers tell a big piece of the Island's horticultural story. Here are housed 2,320 seed-collection records, 243 native plant species and 472 rare or endangered species. Stored are 240 million seeds! Seed conservation

Catalina Rattler Could Be Own Subspecies
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Researchers could announce as early as this winter that the Catalina Island version of the Southern Pacific rattlesnake has enough differences from the mainland version of the serpent to declare it a separate subspecies. "We're on the verge of perhaps doing

Contraception Program Effectively Manages Bison Population
Monday, December 23, 2013
The wild bison roaming Catalina Island are a major attraction for the nearly 1 million tourists who visit the Channel Island’s most popular destination every year. But managing the number of bison so that the herd remains healthy and doesn’t

Winter Rains Important on Catalina
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Last week, .05 inches of rain was recorded in Avalon and .02 inches in Two Harbors. That's not much rain, and some tourists might conclude that Catalina is a desert island-which is not true! Its terra firma is actually recognized

Reading the Landscape
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
"But the competence of the eyes isn't the issue. The distinction lies in how those eyes are deployed. You see, but you do not observe." - Sherlock Holmes (via the pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) To a trained observer,

Conservation in a Lived Landscape
Sunday, October 27, 2013
The Catalina Island Conservancy invites the public to a one-day symposium featuring Conservancy scientists, educators and research partners as they report on a diverse set of programs and research projects in support of the Conservancy's mission. The symposium will be

Rare Oarfish Found Alive
Friday, October 25, 2013
Participants in the Catalina Island Conservancy Families in Nature program had a rare treat on Saturday, October 12, when they saw an oarfish alive in the shallow waters off the coast of Rattlesnake Canyon. Alexa Johnson, Conservancy outreach and naturalist training

Bison on Catalina: Uno Addition to the Herd
Monday, September 16, 2013
August 2013-Spring and summer are the seasons most anticipated by Catalina’s wildlife enthusiasts because of one thing: babies! Baby eagles, baby quail, baby squirrels, baby foxes - the cuteness factor is unparalleled. But wait - something’s missing. Where are all

REGIs: Making a Difference
Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Rose Ellen Gardner Interns (REGIs) from Avalon High School  have spent the summer all over the Island and on the mainland in the Conservancy’s Long Beach office, learning what it takes to protect and restore  Catalina’s  wildlands. The REGI program,

Film Festival Benefits Protection and Restoration of Catalina Island
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tickets are now on sale for the five-day Catalina Film Festival (CFF) starting on September 18 through 22. Now in its third year, the festival continues its celebration of foreign and domestic independent films, shorts, animation and documentaries. The festival

The Herps of Catalina Island
Monday, August 19, 2013
Generally it’s the iconic bison standing on a Catalina hilltop or the site of an eagle soaring high overhead that interests people living on and visiting Catalina. Recently though, the things that slither and scuttle along the ground captured the

Teaching Catalina Nature
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Rich Zanelli – affectionately known to his students as “Mr. Z” – doesn’t believe that learning stops after the school bell rings. A classroom teacher for 15 years before he moved to Catalina in 2003 to become the Conservancy’s School

Catalina Island’s Fox Lady
Friday, August 16, 2013
Julie King’s identity is indelibly stamped with her job. More precisely, one aspect of that employment as the Catalina Island Conservancy’s director of conservation and wildlife management gives her distinct notoriety.“Hi, Fox Lady,” she’ll hear, running errands in Avalon. As one

Exploring Santa Rosa Island
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Join the Catalina Island Conservancy as we return to explore California’s second largest Channel Island, Santa Rosa. At over 93 square miles (approximately 53,000 acres) in size, Santa Rosa is filled with rolling hills, deep canyons and wide beaches. The

Purdue University Interns Greet Pilots
Friday, August 02, 2013
The Aviation Management Program at Purdue University is one of the top programs of its kind in the United States. This summer, the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Airport in the Sky is fortunate to have two summer airport coordinator interns from

Isla Earth Radio Series Hits New Broadcasts Heights
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Clear Channel Communications is broadcasting the Isla Earth Radio Series on Los Angeles-based station KFI AM 640 and is nationally streaming the program online through "I Heart Radio" the Catalina Island Conservancy announced. Also, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science360

Circumnavigation of Santa Catalina Island​
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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

Plant Presumed Extinct Found on Catalina
Friday, July 26, 2013
A small, perennial plant that was presumed extinct was recently identified as occurring on Santa Catalina Island. Previously, Wiggins’ cryptantha was known from only one specimen collected in Mexico on the Baja Peninsula and described in 1931 by botanist Ira

Delicacy Helps with Conservation Work
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Eating fennel on Catalina Island covers two purposes: One, it gives foods a gourmet flavor that can enhance any cookout. And two, it gets rid of this invasive and damaging plant from the Island’s ecosystem. Fennel  was  introduced to Catalina in

Early Catalina Scientists and Conservation Pioneers
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In celebration of Avalon’s 100th birthday, here are some of the early scientists and conservation pioneers leading up to the incorporation of the city in 1913. The first in the lineup is William Gambel of Philadelphia. He was the first scientist

Archival Photographer Focuses on Catalina Island
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Just a few hours before boarding the Catalina Express, Carol Highsmith was on the set of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, photographing the host, who will step down next year when the Burbank set will be demolished and the

Catalina: The Wild Side Artist of the Week: Matt Smith
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Once again, Matt Smith returns to the Island for the 2013 Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22, at the Catalina Island Country Club. Smith was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1960 and moved to

Catalina: The Wild Side Artist of the Week: Kim Lordier
Monday, May 27, 2013
Landscape artist Kim Lordier will make her debut as a featured contributor to the Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22, 2013, at the historic Catalina Island Country Club. A native of the San Francisco Bay area and

Catalina: The Wild Side Artist of the Week: Ken Backhaus
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Plein-Air Artist Kenn Backhaus returns to Catalina Island for the third year in a row as one of the featured artists in the Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22, 2013 at the beautiful Catalina

Re-Mapping Catalina Island
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Catalina Island Conservancy has a map and virtual tour for just about anything, including those for hiking and biking. Its new interactive maps, available online to the public, aid Catalina’s nearly 1 million annual visitors and islanders in understanding

Waging the War on Weeds
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Big bright yellow blooms can be seen each spring blanketing the hillsides above Avalon Bay. They adorn a shoulder-high bush called flax-leaf broom. But unlike most spring blossoms on Catalina Island, this one, like its namesake domestic tool, aggressively sweeps

Kids in Nature: Unplug, Reconnect, Give Back
Friday, May 17, 2013
Three terms are emblazoned on brightly colored silicon wristbands worn by the children who participate in the Catalina Island Conservancy’s weekly Kids in Nature after-school program: “Unplug, reconnect, give back.” “Our kids are reminded every day to unplug from their computers

Relax While Protecting, Restoring Catalina’s Wildlands
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Avalon welcomes more than 600,000 visitors every year. The lucky few take one of the several inland tours, and get a chance to see Catalina‘s wild interior.  However, one couple from the state of Washington, and another couple from Wisconsin

The Wild Side Artist of the Week: John Cosby
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
John Cosby returns for the third time to the Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22, 2013, at the Catalina Island Country Club. Born in Hollywood in 1955, John Cosby was raised in the West. He

Catalina: The Wild Side Artist of the Week: John Budicin
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
John Budicin returns for the third year in a row to the Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale scheduled for June 21-22, 2013, at the Catalina Island Country Club. Born in Rovigno, D'Istria, Croatia, Budicin moved to California at

Catalina: The Wild Side Artist of the Week: Joe Paquet
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This is Joe Paquet’s third time around as a featured artist at Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22, 2013, at the Catalina Island Country Club. While pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the

Catalina: ‘The Wild Side’ Artist of the Week: Don Demers
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Landscape artist Don Demers returns for the 2012 Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22, 2013, at the Catalina Island Country Club. A native of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Demers developed his interest in painting maritime subjects

Avalon Ballroom Transformed into ‘Camp Catalina’
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Hiking boots and walking sticks were traded in for tuxedos and gowns last Saturday, April 13, as nearly 400 guests attended Camp Catalina – the 18th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball—held in the beautiful Avalon Casino Ballroom. “This event is only

Catalina: ‘The Wild Side’ Artist of the Week: Bye Bitney
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Bye Bitney returns as a featured artist for the Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22, 2013, at the beautiful Catalina Island Country Club. He had shown his works in the inaugural Wild Side in

Bald Eagles Hatch on Catalina Island
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Eleven bald eagle chicks have hatched this spring in seven Catalina Island nests. These new additions to the Island’s eagle population continue one of Catalina’s outstanding conservation success stories “We’re into a non-intensive monitoring phase of the eagles now,” said Peter

Group Hikes Across Catalina In Memory of BZ Jones
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sixty-eight intrepid hikers, most of them members of the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Marineros support group, crossed the Island at its widest point on the 12.5-mile BZ Jones Cross Catalina Hike on Saturday, March 16. “We had such a wonderful time on

Island Fox Population Stabilizes
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Thirteen years after an outbreak of canine distemper virus (CDV), possibly introduced by a stow-away raccoon, threatened the Catalina Island fox with extinction, the population has now stabilized at approximately 1,500 individuals, said Julie King, director of conservation and wildlife

Catalina: ‘The Wild Side’  Artist of the Week: Brian Stewart
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Brian Stewart is another three-time featured artist for the 2013 Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22 at the beautiful Catalina Island Country Club. Twenty years ago Stewart left a successful career in advertising to

Conservancy Hosts Reception for Community and Business Leaders
Thursday, March 21, 2013
On Monday evening the Catalina Island Conservancy hosted a reception with Avalon community and business leaders at the Catherine Hotel, the future site of the Conservancy’s visitor center. Fish tacos and beer were served while some of the details of

2013 Catalina Marathon Kids Run
Sunday, March 17, 2013
48 local kids ran in the 2013 Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon Kids Run on Saturday, March 9th. Their registration was sponsored by the Hermosa Hotel, Avalon PTA, and Three Palms Arcade. Mindy Malan, an avid runner, organized the sponsorship. "The

Camp Catalina: A New Spin on S’Mores
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Few things say camping more than a pitched tent and tasty s’mores around a campfire. But Chef Paul Hancock has taken the concept to a “more elevated level of cuisine” with his menu design for Camp Catalina, the 2013 Catalina

Conservancy Promotes Alexa Johnson To Outreach and Naturalist Training Specialist
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Avalon resident Alexa Johnson has been promoted to the newly formed position of Outreach and Naturalist Training Specialist for the Catalina Island Conservancy. She stepped into her new role on March 1. “In her time as Education Program and Administrative Assistant,

32nd Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup Results
Friday, March 08, 2013
For the the first time in Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup history divers were allowed access to Lover’s Cove along Pebbly Beach Road. The 2.5 tons of trash was collected by 461 divers in the 2013 Cleanup held February 23rd. The

2nd Annual BZ Jones Cross Catalina Hike
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Marineros, a Catalina Island Conservancy support group, invite you to join a fun spring social event wrapped around a spectacular bit of exercise. The 11-mile BZ Jones Hike crosses Catalina's widest section from Ben Weston Beach to Whites Landing.

2013 Catalina Island Marathon
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
An estimated 450 runners from all over the United States will congregate at the starting line at Two Harbors on Saturday, March 9, for what listed as “No. 6 among the “World’s Toughest Marathons.” In addition to the 26-mile race,

Families in Nature Program Celebrates Fifth Year
Thursday, January 31, 2013
As the Conservancy’s Families in Nature Program continues its fifth year, Avalon residents had another chance to get outside and explore the wilds of Catalina on Saturday, January 19. Along for the ride were 71 Avalon residents – husbands, wives, sons,

Airport in the Sky: Hangar Gets a Facelift
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Catalina Island Conservancy’s loftiest facility, at an elevation of 1,602 feet, received high priority this fall as the hangar at the Airport in the Sky was treated to a fresh coat of white paint and general refurbishment. Most of

Tachi Remembered as Catalina Island Fox Ambassador
Sunday, December 23, 2012
“Ne Shun Tachi,” the Island’s beloved captive Catalina Island fox that touched the hearts of untold thousands, passed away in her sleep on the evening of December 15, 2012. from a form of round cell cancer. Despite her condition, Tachi

Record Breaking Catalina Island Eco-Marathon and Run Catalina Racing Series
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunny skies, dry trails and endurance-run-friendly temperatures in the low 60s greeted the participants in the 6th Annual Catalina Island Eco-Marathon and 10K that took place on Saturday, November 10. The popular marathon, established in 2007 by Spectrum Sports Management, Inc,

Avalon Bound for a New Building
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The site of the Catherine Hotel will be home to a new building, the Conservancy has announced. The Conservancy purchased the hotel in March of this year as the future location as its visitor services center. Said Ann Muscat, Conservancy president

2012 Summer Archaeology Lecture Series
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
For the past five years, an archaeological team headed by Dr. Wendy Teeter, curator of UCLA’s Fowler Museum, have been combing through Catalina’s interior, literally digging for clues to the Island’s past. Beginning Friday, July 27, the Conservancy, in association with

Faithful Kids in Nature Participants Earn an Emerald Adventure!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Now in its sixth year, the Conservancy’s Kid’s in Nature (KIN) program is going strong – once again rewarding the students’ commitment to nature with a weekend trip to Emerald Bay. Every Wednesday during the school year, Avalon’s, K-8th

Conservancy’s Mobile Nature Station Ready to Roll
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Representing the first completed portion of the Imagine Catalina Master Plan, the Conservancy’s new Mobile Nature Station was unveiled at the 2012 Catalina Island Conservancy Ball. As its name implies, the 250 square-foot nature station is completely portable and can be

2012 Conservancy Ball a Grand Celebration Despite Mother Nature
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
This year’s 17th Annual Conservancy Ball, benefitting the Catalina Island Conservancy, was a great success despite the formidable weather challenges last Saturday, April 14. Themed “History in the Making,” the Ball celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the Conservancy’s work to

Catalina Conservancy Marathon Gives Back to the Community
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon, 10k and 5k runs on March 10 netted $10,000 that was given back to the community, which helped make the event a success. In a brief ceremony on the Wrigley Stage on Tuesday, Mel Dinkel,

Catalina Conservancy Buys Catherine Hotel
Sunday, April 01, 2012
The Catherine Hotel, best known as the home of the "coldest, cheapest beer in town," changed hands today. The blue-and-white "cottage" that most visitors to Avalon walk by on their way into town, has enjoyed a decades-long run as a

Catalina Fox Population Soars
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Foxes on Catalina have busy this past year. The federally endangered animals have reached a new milestone of 1,542 individuals—a whopping increase of 534 foxes from just 1,008 recorded on the Island last year. “This is very exciting news,” said Conservancy

Conservancy’s ‘Imagine Catalina’ Charts Course for Short Term and Next 20 Years
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
In 2011, the Conservancy embarked on what officials call “one of the most ambitious projects in our 40-year history.” Imagine Catalina: A Vision for the Future, is the organization’s 20-year master plan completed in November. The resulting planning document is

The Conservancy Celebrates 2011 and Looks to the Future (Part 1 of 2)
Sunday, January 08, 2012
The Conservancy and partners launched a number of new programs and events in 2011, and made a few discoveries along the way. “We’re really pleased with all we were able to accomplish, and appreciated the help and support of the

Bison Roundup is scheduled for later this year
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Following the 2011 calving season, Catalina now has three more baby bison – as opposed to 29 in 2010 – thanks to the Conservancy’s new program of birth control for its bison herd. And, a roundup of bison is planned

Explore Santa Barbara Island Sunday, September 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Explore Santa Barbara Island with the Catalina Island Conservancy! The smallest of the California Channel Islands, this island offers more than one would expect including resting elephant seals, strange tree sunflowers, Xantus’s murrelets and a rich cultural history. Naturalists from

Summer Archaeology Lecture Series
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The Catalina Island Conservancy and the Fowler Museum at UCLA present: Summer Archaeology talks at the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon. Catalina Island is very fortunate to have three leading archaeologists visiting the Island this season, all of whom will

Ada Wrigley’s Hidden Garden
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Mark Hoefs stood alone with a shovel in one hand and a pick in the other. He was on a narrow dirt path in the middle of what is now the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. This was not the

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale Will Help Document Island Restoration
Thursday, May 12, 2011
This is the idea of Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale to be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2011. This one-day-only event will be held at the Catalina Island Country Club - the legendary

Spring Open House at Native Plant Nursery
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Catalina Island Conservancy's James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery invites you to The Spring Open House and Plant Sale. The Open House will take place March 20, 2011 from 10am to 4pm. There are more than 80 species of Catalina

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show will be held June 11th
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Catalina Country Club. On display for sale will be the work of nine nationally acclaimed plein air artists displaying their interpretations of Catalina's rugged

The Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup Turns 30
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Coming up, in its 30th year, the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup will happen once again on Saturday, February 26. This is the only time scuba divers are permitted to enter the harbor. The event started out in by local dive

Conservancy Presents ‘Catalina Island: Something Lived, Something Dreamed’
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
The public is invited to attend a public presentation by designer, community planner and sustainability expert William McDonough, co-author of the groundbreaking book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. During the lecture, McDonough will talk about the

Catalina Island Conservancy will manage running events in 2012
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Following a long tradition of hosting distance events on the Island, the Catalina Island Conservancy will assume the direct management and operation of several events on Catalina beginning in 2012. To assist in the growth and enhancement of the events,

Catalina Conservancy employee and wife win award
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Frank Hein, Manager of Education for the Catalina Island Conservancy and his wife, Terri Bassett, were notified by the Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW) that their work has been honored with EEAW's 2010 Award of Excellence in the category

Historic Aircraft Display Day at Catalina’s Airport in the Sky
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
A new attraction for Catalina Island is in the making up at the Airport in the Sky. If all goes as planned, the Historic Aircraft Display Day, will turn the airport into an aviation showcase. There, residents and visitors will

Catalina Fox Population Reaches New Milestone
Monday, December 13, 2010
The federally endangered Catalina Island fox population has reached a new milestone of 1,008 individuals, a further confirmation of the success of the decade-long Fox Recovery Program, say Conservancy biologists. During an eight-week period in late 2010, Wildlife Biologists Julie King

Adopt a Species: Catalina California Ground Squirrel
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The Catalina California ground squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi nesioticus) is endemic (exclusively native) to Catalina. It's a unique sub-species of its mainland counterpart. Slightly larger and more robust than mainland California ground squirrels, it is identified by its darker coat with

Adopt a Species: Catalina Island Fox
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Catalina Island fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae) has been a resident on the Island for at least 4,000 years. The Catalina Island fox is the largest endemic mammal on the Island. A descendent of the mainland gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus),

More Foxes and Better Roads Can Spell Trouble
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Catalina Island fox recovery program has had nothing short of spectacular success. From a population crash in 1999 that left barely 100 foxes on the entire Island (most of them on the West End), the Conservancy, and its partners,

Adopt a Species: Catalina California Quail
Sunday, November 07, 2010
In town you will see these beautiful, shy birds darting across Avalon Canyon Road on your way to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. In the interior, you'll see them everywhere. The Catalina California quail (Callipepla californica catalinensis) is a

Hispanic Volunteer Event a Success
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Bear Opah, a White Mountain Apache, knows that becoming a Conservancy volunteer will add to his knowledge of the Island he and his wife Susan have come to love. A tour bus driver for the Island Company, Opah is eager

Island Ecology Travel Program Compares Island Challenges
Friday, October 08, 2010
Challenges like how to manage invasive plants, non-native animals, and balancing the wants and needs of people and the needs of the land are shared by island archipelagos around the world. The Conservancy's Island Ecology Travel Program offers an opportunity

Catalina SAR Team Donates Six Defibrillators to Conservancy Rangers
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The tragic death of a mountain biker who suffered a heart attack on Pump House Hill Road near Middle Ranch earlier this year, has resulted in the donation of six automated external defibrillators (AED) by the Catalina Island Search and

Catalina Aero Club Takes Off With Unlimited Landing Privileges
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Conservancy's pilots support group has now become the newly reenergized Catalina Aero Club. The revitalized group was conceived among pilots during last year's 50th Anniversary celebration of general aviation on the Island that brought 150 pilots and a crowd

‘Citizen Scientists’ May Explore Catalina’s Deep Water
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Catalina Island is known as the SCUBA diving capital of Southern California. Divers flock to the Island's crystal clear waters teaming with colorful marine life, golden garibaldis and towering kelp forests. But, what is down deeper? Way deeper... In September

Dive Deep Auction Begins at 12 AM August 19
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
As part of the Undersea Voyager Project that will be conducted in October, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and the Catalina Island Conservancy will auction off a two-day mission for one person to go where virtually no one has

Explore San Miguel Island with the Catalina Island Conservancy
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Join the Catalina Island Conservancy, September 25, 2010, as they explore San Miguel. This day trip with Island Packers departs from Ventura Harbor and offers four hiking options. Rates start at $150 per person for Conservancy Members. Register on the Conservancy website.

Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden Celebrates 75 Years
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Seventy five years ago in 1935, Ada Wrigley began the planting of an exotic desert plant collection. The collection was situated just a few paces from the imposing memorial at the head of Avalon Canyon honoring William Wrigley who had

Jeep Eco-Tour: Four-Wheeling to Adventure
Saturday, July 03, 2010
It's been called an "educational experience in the great outdoors." It's also been called a "white-knuckle ride of a lifetime!" It is the Catalina Island Conservancy's Jeep(r) Eco- Tour that takes visitors along the back roads, behind locked gates where

Trans-Catalina Trail Draws a New Crowd
Monday, June 21, 2010
The 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail (TCT) has taken the hiking community by storm. The winding, sometimes flat, and often challenging Trail is becoming one of the most popular attractions in the Island's rugged interior. At the same time, a cottage industry

Flower Art to welcome visitors to Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Vibrantly painted steel sculptures of flowers native to Southern California, inspired by the fluid lines of the Hebrew alphabet now welcome visitors to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. On loan for two years, the display is part of a traveling

Catalina ‘Rocked’ during 15th annual Conservancy Ball
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Avalon Casino, shrouded in black mesh for restoration, was given a temporary facelift of colorful, intertwined inflatable tubing for the 15th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball, held Saturday, April 10. Three hundred and seventy guests from the Island and the

Earth Day Event Draws More Than 1,000 Visitors
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Organic food was served, down-home music was played, and a greener, cleaner planet was celebrated at an early Earth Day observation on Saturday, April 10 at the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon. During the course of the day, more than

Harbor Master Doug Oudin Announces Retirement After More Than Two Decades
Monday, April 05, 2010
After more than two decades as the man in charge of the harbor operations in Two Harbors on Catalina Island, Doug Oudin is dropping anchor and retiring in late May from his post as Harbor Master. Oudin became the Harbor Master

Catalina Rocks! Conservancy Ball Pays Tribute to Conservation on Catalina
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Catalina will definitely rock on the night of Saturday, April 10 when the 15th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball - Catalina Rocks! - kicks off in the beautiful Avalon Casino Ballroom. The event which is the Conservancy's biggest fundraiser for the

Native Plant Nursery Open House
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Celebrate the first of spring, and see what's in bloom at the James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery in Middle Ranch. Visit our open house Sunday, March 21 and enjoy a complimentary BBQ, native plant information, plant sales and giveaways. Free

Roddenberry to Join ‘Treasure’ Hunters at Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Join Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, the only son of Gene Roddenberry the creator of Star Trek and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who will be participating in the 29th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup event on Saturday, February 20. The Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup is

Lots of Foxes Out There
Thursday, February 11, 2010
An estimated 950 Catalina Island foxes now call the Island "home" - up from 784 at this time last year. This newest total was the result of an annual 12-week Island-wide trapping effort by Conservancy Wildlife Biologists Julie King and

Feeding Foxes is Risky to All Involved
Friday, February 05, 2010
The good news is that the Catalina Island fox population is on the rise. The bad news is that, with more foxes around, there's also more temptation to reach out and pet or feed these incredibly cute wild creatures. Bad

Catalina Bison to Practice Birth Control
Thursday, November 19, 2009
At first, Catalina Island Conservancy personnel took away their romantic, candle-lit dinners. Then, they offered them condoms - but the bison refused. Never the less, to ensure bison health and to protect Catalina's ecosystem - which includes more than 50

Hundreds help celebrate Airport in the Sky’s 50th Anniversary
Thursday, October 22, 2009
More than 140 pilots and a crowd of more than 400 people from all over the Southland made Catalina's Airport in the Sky their destination on Sunday, October 18 for the 50th anniversary of service to the public at the

Conservancy keeps Bison Herd healthy ships 150 to the Dakotas
Thursday, October 22, 2009
One hundred and fifty of Catalina's 300 non-native bison on Tuesday, October 21, were shipped from the Island to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota and northern South Dakota. One hundred and fifty animals remain on the

Catalina’s Airport in the Sky 50th Anniversary
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Catalina residents and visitors are invited to come on up to one of the most unique airports in the world! The Airport in the Sky will welcome guests on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 18 for a

$1,000 Reward Posted for Killer of Bison Calf
Thursday, August 27, 2009
A young bison, less than one year old, was slaughtered on a side road off the Marble Quarry Road on the Island's West End. Whoever killed the calf cut off its head and made off with the body. The Conservancy,

Experience the 2009 Catalina Island Bison Round-Up and Support the Conservancy’s Bison Program
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
For the past 85 years, American bison have roamed the rugged interior of Catalina, creating an iconic herd that began its life as part of the classic silent movie "The Vanishing American." For the health of the bison and the

Rose Ellen Gardner Interns complete six weeks of service to the Island
Sunday, August 16, 2009
This week, four Honor Roll students from Avalon High School completed their six weeks of Island service as participants in the Rose Ellen Gardner Internship program (REGI). The REGI interns include: Alexis Romero who will enter her sophomore year, Michael Vargas

Debris Barriers will protect camps at Swains Canyon and Gallaghers
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Conservancy has just completed construction of unique 20-foot tall "ring nets" to protect the Catalina Island Marine Institute at Toyon Bay in Swains Canyon and Campus by the Sea at Gallaghers from the onslaught of mudslides in the event

New road material to be tested along Catalina Island’s Airport Road and Middle Ranch
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Rough, uneven asphalt and billowing clouds of dust along Catalina's private roadways in the interior may soon become a thing of the past. Beginning the week of June 22, the Conservancy will begin testing two environmentally friendly liquid polymer-resin products

Trans-Catalina Trail, Tribal Drumming Highlight Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Guests at last Saturday night's 14th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball in the Avalon Casino Ballroom, enjoyed an evening of music, fine-dining, dancing, and fun including some surprises as they celebrated the opening of the Trans-Catalina Trail. Themed "Take a

Catalina Island Residents and their Families Ride Free With Conservancy Membership
Monday, May 04, 2009
Becoming a member of the Conservancy just got even better for Avalon Residents. Besides half off Conservancy camp sites, free bike passes and more, Residents who purchase a membership will now be able to ride the Wildlands Express with their

Earth Day Celebration Draws More than 1,200
Saturday, April 25, 2009
More than 1,200 residents and visitors poured through the open gates of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden - about 450 more than any previous Earth Day, according to Aaron Morehouse, Education Program Supervisor for the Conservancy who coordinated the

First Paws on the Trail
Sunday, April 12, 2009
She pads down a portion of the Trans-Catalina Trail. Her large brown eyes are framed by a gray, white and brown fluff of her mischievous face. Her thick, shiny coat and intelligent gaze make her irresistibly adorable. She is Ne Shun

Legendary Yachtsman, Hiker, Thad Jones Remembered on Trans-Catalina Trail
Sunday, April 12, 2009
On May 26, 1956, decades before the Trans-Catalina Trail was envisioned, three young men achieved the seemingly impossible. They hiked the entire length of the Island in 11 hours and 20 minutes. On April 4, 2009 during the opening ceremonies

Trans-Catalina Trail Opening Sets Theme for 14th Annual Conservancy Ball
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The 2009 Catalina Island Conservancy Ball - Take a Hike! - celebrates the completion of the much anticipated Trans-Catalina Trail. Its 37.2-mile path winds through wild and rugged terrain, and offers breathtaking views of Catalina from Avalon to the West

Trans-Catalina Trail Dedicated
Friday, April 10, 2009
For the first time in history, hikers can now traverse virtually the entire length of Catalina Island on the 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail. The trail was officially opened during a ceremony on Saturday, April 4 at the Haypress Recreation Area. Anyone who

37.2-Mile Trans-Catalina Trail Links Island’s East and West Ends
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Native Americans, explorers, and trappers have all blazed trails on Catalina. A network of horse trails from the time of cattle and sheep ranching on the Island exist as well. Many of these "original" trails were undoubtedly converted to the

Catalina’s Fabulous Flora Highlighted on “Wildflower Hotline”
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Spring is here and wildflowers are beginning to paint Catalina Island's interior with a palette of many colors. Starting this month, the Theodore Payne Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the understanding and preservation of California native flora, has

New Pocket Guide Describes Diversity of Catalina’s Marine Life
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Conservancy's new Marine Life of Santa Catalina Island Pocket Naturalist Guide features full color illustrations and descriptions of Catalina marine life. Printed on waterproof paper, it's a great companion for the beach, kayaking, or even on a dive. The new

Meeting for Catalina Island Hunters
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Catalina Conservancy invites all Catalina Island resident hunters to a preliminary meeting for the 2009 hunting program. The meeting will be held  Tuesday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. This is an opportunity to give feedback on the

Catalina Island Fox Population Grows
Saturday, February 28, 2009
At the latest count, the Catalina Island fox population has topped out at 784 for the end of 2008. Conservancy Senior Wildlife Biologist, Julie King, and Wildlife Biologist Calvin Duncan concluded Island-wide trapping just before Christmas and have been spending

Divers haul 2.1 tons of trach from Avalon Harbor
Friday, February 27, 2009
For an hour and a half on Saturday, February 21, Avalon Harbor became a the site of the Southland's biggest treasure hunt as approximately 400 SCUBA divers took part in the 28th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup. Approximately 4.1 tons of

Conservancy Membership Now Includes Bike Passes into the Interior
Monday, January 26, 2009
The new annual Freewheeler Bike Passes made their debut on January 1st, 2009. They are a great way to enjoy the fresh air and challenging twists and turns of the Island's 40 miles of roadway open to mountain biking, including

Haypress Picnic Area Re-opens
Friday, December 19, 2008
The popular Haypress Picnic Area - restored, fresh and green - re-opened to the public December 13 following restoration efforts by the Avalon Lion's Club, Boy Scout Troop #400, and the Conservancy that began in October and will continue throughout December. "Instead

4th District Supervisor Don Knabe Makes Interior Road Restoration Possible
Friday, December 19, 2008
A grant of $500,000 from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at the request of Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe may be the beginning of the end to potholes on the Airport Road, and billowing dust clouds on unpaved

60 Avalon residents enjoy Little Harbor during the first ‘Families in Nature’ outing
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Sixty Avalon residents - husbands, wives, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews - many of whom have lived on the Island for most of their lives, had a chance to travel inland, to the Little Harbor campgrounds last Saturday,

He Flies for the Foxes
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Conservancy Volunteer Pilot Mike Sheehan was introduced to flying at an early age. As a very young boy, Mike was a frequent passenger with his father, a flight instructor out of Torrance Airport. "I remember approaching four years old and waking

The Wrigley Women, An Island Legacy
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The saying goes Behind every successful man is a woman. On Sunday, September 28th,  five Wrigley women, descendants of Ada Foote Wrigley and William Wrigley Jr., told Leadership Circle members and guests their remarkable stories of growing up in a

New Trees Will Join Healthy Pines at Haypress after Catalina Island Fire
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Seventy Torrey pines, 90 Catalina ironwoods, 55 Island cherries and 30 Island oaks are among the 245 trees that are slated for the restoration of the Haypress picnic area.  Planted in four distinct groves, the trees will replace about 130

2009 Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup
Monday, October 13, 2008
The 28th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2009. This is an annual dive event held in Avalon Harbor at Catalina Island.  The event was started in the 1970's by the local dive community in an

Families in Nature
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Each year, more than one million visitors flock to Catalina, however, many families in Avalon have seldom, if ever, visited Little Harbor and Shark Harbor on the backside of the Island due to their work schedule, lack of personal transportation

UCLA Archeologists Soaring Ahead at Eagle’s Nest
Friday, August 15, 2008
Who were the hunters that stayed at Eagle's Nest Lodge?  Where were they from? Who guided the hunters? What did they eat? How did they amuse themselves?  And what about the stage coach travelers in the 1890s that stopped to

Mark Hoefs helped the Wrigleys plant a dream
Friday, August 15, 2008
More than 60 friends, family and well-wishers turned out on July 11th at the top of the Wrigley Memorial to honor Mark Hoefs on the occasion of his retirement. Mark, an Island native and self-taught horticulturist, was asked in 1970

Catalina Island Conservancy Wins Inagural Tourism Stewardship Award
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The Catalina Island Conservancy has become the first organization in the state to win the "Tourism Stewardship Award" from the California Travel Industry Association (CalTIA). The presentation was made at the Industry's Conference on Tourism held in Palm Desert on

UCLA and Archaeology on Catalina Island
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Hear first hand stories on Archaeology on Catalina Island. The program will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15th at the Nature center at Avalon Canyon. Free transportation on a "Conservancy" van will be provided. The van will depart from

Conservancy’s Isla Earth radio series wins first place at L.A. Press Club’s Journalism Awards
Friday, July 04, 2008
The Conservancy's entertaining 90-second environmental call-to-action Isla Earth Radio Series won first place in the category of News Bureau at the Los Angeles Press Club's 50th anniversary of the Southern California Journalism Awards ceremony Saturday night, June 21st. "We are thrilled

Conservancy’s Isla Earth Radio Series is finalist for L.A. Journalism Awards
Monday, June 16, 2008
Isla Earth , the Conservancy's entertaining 90-second environmental call-to-action radio spot, heard on more than 150 radio stations nationwide every week, is the finalist in two categories of the Los Angeles Press Club's 50th Annual Journalism Awards. The show has been identified

Avalon “Kids in Nature” take an extended weekend at Emerald Bay
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
For the third consecutive year, the Western Los Angeles County Council-Boy Scouts of America have hosted an extended weekend at beautiful Emerald Bay for young people from Avalon. The students earned their invitations by actively participating in the after-school Kids In

Fireman’s fund provides grant for Conservancy firefighting equipment
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Fireman's Fund, the Conservancy's property insurance provider, has awarded the Conservancy a grant for $5,000 to protect Conservancy personnel who are among the first responders to fires and other emergencies in the Island's interior. Although Conservancy Rangers and field staff in

Two Harbor Summer Naturalist Programs
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
The Catalina Island Conservancy will be hosting the following West End programs from Friday, June 27th through Thursday, August 21st.   Meet a Naturalist (In Two Harbors right off the pier) Wednesday-Friday 10am-1pm Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2pm Right off the pier are the answers to

Memorial evening to celebrate the life of Bob Given
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Save the date to attend a memorial event to celebrate the life of Dr. Robert "Bob" Given, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 3rd at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro. Those planning on

Catalina Island Conservancy Ball delivers surprises along with dining and dancing
Saturday, April 26, 2008
If you thought you heard the sounds of opera coming from the Casino last Saturday night, it wasn't the heat - it was a surprise for the 530 Island residents, and guests from all over the Southland, and even from

Earth Day Celebration To Be Held at Nature Center at Avalon Canyon
Monday, April 14, 2008
It's time once again to honor the Earth and learn more about what we can do to help the environment during the annual Earth Day Celebration and Eco-Fair,10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 19, at the Nature Center at

Hike Catalina Island
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The Summer HIKE is the adventure on Catalina you've been looking for.  As the only intimate guided excursion on foot in the Island's interior, you will find yourself engulfed in the diverse nature and exquisite views either deep in a

Newly Expanded Pampered Volunteer Vacation Program Helps Restore Catalina’s Wildlands
Thursday, February 21, 2008
For the first time, the Catalina Island Conservancy has expanded its popular Volunteer Vacation program to include a more "pampered" version for those who want to work during the day, and play during the evening. Regardless of what plan is selected,

View Moon’s Total Eclipse From the Airport in the Sky
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Catalina residents and visitors will have an unusual opportunity to witness a total eclipse of the moon - an astronomical event that rarely occurs with such spectacular timing - from the best spot on the Island, the Airport in the Sky. Moonrise

2008 Conservancy Ball Plans Underway
Saturday, December 29, 2007
General tickets will go on sale Friday, February 1, 2008 for the 13th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball themed "Earth, Wind and Fire," to be held Saturday, April 12, 2008 in the Avalon Casino. The Ball will feature dinner, dancing

Conservancy’s Mel Dinkel Honored
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Mel Dinkel, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Conservancy, was among 10 finalists for CFO of the Year, a recognition forum focused on the Los Angeles business community and sponsored for the first time this year by

27th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup
Monday, November 26, 2007
The 27th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2008. This is the one time a year that diving is permitted in Avalon Harbor and has become Southern California's most popular diving event. Last year,

Stowaway Raccoon found at Camp Fox
Sunday, July 22, 2007
The search for the raccoon that stowed away on a boat bound from San Pedro and escaped in Avalon on Sunday, July 1 near the Casino, ended late Thursday, July 12, at the campground at Fox Landing, approximately five miles

“Volunteer Vacations 2007” Take Participants to Exotic Locals on Catalina Island
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Catalina Island Conservancy has a limited number of vacancies available in September 2007 for its popular Volunteer Vacation Program. Volunteer Vacation opportunities are available September 10th through 15th, and September 24th through 29th. The cost is $175 per persons, which

Stowaway raccoon makes its way to Catalina Island’s interior
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
While Catalina welcomes more than a million visitors a year, the Island currently has a most unwelcome guest in the form of a stowaway raccoon from San Pedro, who jumped ship in Avalon Harbor on or about Sunday July 1st

Five Avalon High School Students Selected as 2007 Rose Ellen Gardner Interns
Monday, July 02, 2007
The 2007 Rose Ellen Gardner Interns (REGI) have been selected from candidates from Avalon High School. The five REGI interns will spend a portion of their summer learning about the diversity of positions at the Catalina Conservancy, and working closely

Volunteer Vacations Offered by Catalina Island Conservancy
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Volunteers Will experience the best of Catalina While lending a hand to protect its natural beauty. The Catalina Island Conservancy once again offeres Volunteer Vacations with dates available from late May through late September. Volunteer Vacations provide outdoor enthusiasts an

Earth Day Celebration 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
The Catalina Island Conservancy invites you to celebrate Earth Day on the majestic Catalina Island with a wide array of activities for the whole family. On April 21, 2007 hop on the Avalon Trolly and get a discounted ride to

“An Inconvenient Truth” - Free Movie and Discussion at Casino Theater
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The Academy Award(r) - nominated documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 13th at the Casino Theater. The film, sponsored by the Catalina Island Conservancy, will feature free admission, free popcorn, and a free "goodie"

Kids in Nature
Monday, December 11, 2006
The Catalina Island Conservancy is pleased to present Kids In Nature for the students of Avalon. This program runs through June 2007 and is open to all students of school age. All Kids in Nature activities are provided free

“Island Ways” - Telling Catalina’s Story
Monday, November 20, 2006
An Island-wide collaboration is weaving together Catalina's stories of nature and culture and making them accessible to residents and visitors alike. Catalina Island has wonderful stories to tell: from the first settlers, the Tongva, who inhabited the Island 2,500 years before

Winter Volunteer Vacation Programs
Monday, October 16, 2006
The Catalina Island Conservancy has expanded its popular Volunteer Vacation program to two additional weeks in the winter, February 5 - 10 and February 12 - 17, 2007. Volunteer Vacations provide outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to get away from it

Conservancy Names Interim Manager for Catalina’s Popular Camp Fox
Monday, October 09, 2006
The 83-year tradition of camping at Camp Fox on Catalina Island will be enhanced, according to the Catalina Island Conservancy, owner of the property which has been a popular destination for YMCA youth and other campers for decades. The Conservancy today

Island Fox Monitoring Takes Wings
Friday, September 29, 2006
Taking off from the Airport in the Sky in a small plane felt like leaping out from a second story balcony while looking up. With the engine and propeller at maximum power it only takes seconds to accelerate before the

Community Meeting Kicks Off Eagles’ Nest Lodge Restoration Process
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Two old eagles made their home in a tree near the ranch house. Someone accidentally or otherwise killed Mrs. Eagle some years ago and as they seldom, if ever, mate a second time, the old bird has habituated his lonely

Summer May Have Ended but the ‘Christmas Bird Count’ is just around the Corner
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Birders, ahoy! Summer may be just wrapping up, but the Catalina Island Conservancy is looking for volunteer bird watchers to spend some binocular time on Sunday, December 17 walking, boating and driving through the wilds of Catalina. "We need to find

“Eagle’s Nest” restoration meeting - Community input invited
Monday, September 18, 2006
Community involvement is being requested by the Catalina Island Conservancy and Catalina Island Museum in the long-range plan to restore "Eagle's Nest Lodge," Catalina's historic Middle Ranch stagecoach stop. Spokespersons from the Museum and the Conservancy, partners in the

Evening Nature Program
Sunday, August 06, 2006
"Getting in the Zone" will be presented by Aaron Morehouse, Outreach Program Specialist at the August 9th Evening Nature Program. Evening Nature Programs are held at the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon at 7:00 p.m. Catalina Island has a unique set

Catalina Island’s Airport-in-the-Sky Is Back in Business After Runway Resurfacing
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Runway 22, the popular landing strip at Catalina Island's world-famous Airport-in-the-Sky, will re-open on Thursday, June 22 after being closed since early May for resurfacing and other maintenance.  In celebration, landing fees will be waived all day, Saturday, June 24. Hot

Improvements at Ben Weston Beach Welcome the Summer Season
Friday, June 09, 2006
Amenities, environmental protection first steps, with road permits still pending It was a clear, sunny day that greeted the 25 participants of a work day held on Ben Weston Beach on Thursday, May 25-complete with ocean breezes and an

Catalina Dunes Home to Rarest of Southern California Plants
Thursday, June 08, 2006
The "southern beach" and "dune" community is found in the unstable sand of beaches and active dunes, in a zone above the high tide line often called the "coastal strand." The plants of this community are mostly low-to-the-ground herbs that

Catalina Island’s Airport-in-the-Sky Temporarily Closed for Runway Maintenance
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Catalina's Airport-in-the-Sky will remain closed to general aviation for approximately 45 days pending maintenance and repairs on "Runway 22," the airport's main runway. Only daily cargo operations by Catalina Flying Boats and private aircraft with prior approval and a liability

HIKE Catalina Island
Saturday, April 08, 2006
On the first Saturday of each month, HIKE into the interior. The HIKE destination is determined by the education department, taking seasonal points of interest into consideration. Participants come prepared with curiosity and openness to a different kind of learning.

Celebrate Earth Day 2006 on Catalina Island
Monday, April 03, 2006
The Catalina Island Conservancy invites you to celebrate Earth Day on the majestic Catalina Island with a wide array of activities for the whole family. Be the first to discover the new Nature Center at Avalon Canyon as we

Catalina’s Wildlands Come to Town
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Only a fraction of the million-plus guests who visit Catalina each year elect to make the journey from Avalon into the Island's wild interior. Knowing that wild adventure isn't everyone's cup of tea, the Conservancy is bringing Catalina's wildlands to

Tachi the Catalina Island Fox To Make Appearance at Conservancy Ball
Monday, March 20, 2006
The belle of the Annual Conservancy Ball is one crazy lady - crazy like a fox! She is Ne Shun Tachi - Tachi for short. Tachi, whose full name in the language of the early Tongva inhabitants of Catalina

Southern California Yachters Unite for Catalina Island Conservancy
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Every year the premier yacht clubs of Southern California gather for a spectacular Ball at the Casino on Catalina with one goal: to raise money for a California treasure, Catalina Island. The black tie event "Splendors of the Sea" is

“Volunteer Vacations 2006” Take Participants to Exotic Locations on Catalina Island
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Santa Catalina Island, just 26 miles off the Southern California Coastline offers vacationers a chance to enjoy a visit to the Island in a much different way than most tourists experience. The Catalina Island Conservancy's Volunteer Vacations provides outdoor enthusiasts, a

Catalina Island Conservancy Evening Nature Program
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Backyard expeditions and the small wonders of nature will be the topic of the February Conservancy Evening Nature Program. Jump into your backyard and discover the small wonders of nature that live there at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 8 at The

Christmas Tree Recycling Program to Help Control Hillside Erosion
Sunday, January 15, 2006
As part of a continuing tradition, the fourth grade classes at Avalon Schools will be going out into the hills to do a good deed for our Island home. On January 24, students will participate in classroom activities that will help

25th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup
Saturday, December 31, 2005
The Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup is an annual dive event held in Avalon Harbor at Catalina Island once a year on the Saturday following President's Day. The event was started in the 1970's by the local dive community in an

Actors Needed
Monday, December 26, 2005
Imagine being able to stroll the waterfront early next spring and meet, chat with and hear stories from two well-known local residents who worked tirelessly to understand and preserve Catalina Island. Not so unusual you say? Would it be more

Audubon Christmas Bird Count Returns to Catalina Island
Monday, November 07, 2005
Birders, ahoy! As the magic time of the Christmas bird count rolls around, the Catalina Island Conservancy is looking for volunteer bird watchers to spend some binocular time on Sunday, December 18 walking, boating and driving through the wilds of

Catalina Island Conservancy Volunteer Newsletter
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Lisa's Back! Come join Lisa Stratton, September 10th and 11th, and assist in monitoring the many oak seedlings that were planted last year. Research in areas with beautiful ocean and hillside views below the Airport-in-the-Sky and KBRT, checking size, color,

Catalina Island Residents To Make Humanitarian Pilgrimage to South Dakota
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Late last year, two truckloads of Catalina bison left on a barge from Pebbly Beach to the most unlikely destination ever - home. Now, eight months later many Avalon residents and some staff members of the Catalina Island Conservancy will make

April 13th Evening Nature Program Explains Island’s Orange-crowned Warblers
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Santa Catalina Island is a great place to bird watch. There are approximately 280 species of birds recorded for the Island with less than 40 considered permanent residents - the rest are migrant or summer breeders. One bird on the

13 New Pop-Up Sites at Little Harbor Targeted for Summer
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
The Conservancy and Two Harbors Enterprises (THE) aim to have 13 total pop-up sites available at Little Harbor in time for summer, according to Conservancy chief operating officer Mel Dinkel. Seven new sites will join the four existing pop-up sites

New Curfew Aims to Enhance Safety
Monday, March 28, 2005
Late last week the Conservancy and Two Harbors Enterprises (THE), which manages Little Harbor, acted on community feedback and implemented an extended curfew. The new curfew prohibits unsupervised minors from being in the interior from sunset to sunrise. "It was one

Conservancy, Broad Island Community and Families Meet to Discuss Safety at Beaches
Monday, March 21, 2005
Leaders of the Catalina Island Conservancy, members of the broader Island Community, and families of youth injured in the recent incident at Little Harbor met during recent weeks to discuss management issues and safety on the Island's beaches. The ongoing

Catalina Island Fox Animal Ambassador To Make Appearance at Catalina Conservancy Ball
Monday, March 14, 2005
One of the stars of the 10th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball will not be sporting a fashionable gown of dancing shoes. She is Ne Shun Tachi - Tachi for short, whose full name in the language of the early

“National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week” begins February 27th
Monday, February 28, 2005
Invasive plants, better known as weeds can act like a disease sweeping over the landscape. Healthy land, free of these invasive plants, produces native vegetation that is key to a healthy eco-system. Much like an infection in a human body

Volunteer Vacations 2005 Take Participants to Exotic Locations
Monday, January 31, 2005
"Volunteer Vacations," the idea of spending vacation time working for a greater good in lieu of baking on a beach, is an idea that has come into vogue in recent years. Do a Web search on "Volunteer Vacations," you'll come

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