Friday, July 13, 2018

Fox Foto Friday - FIF Research Grant Deadline


Are you looking to study island fox behavior? Maybe diet fluctuation brought on by drought? How about tick-borne disease as a threat to island foxes?

Friends of the Island Fox is interested in supporting research that will help island foxes have a sustainable future. 


But HURRY! The deadline is Sunday July 15th.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Island Fox Success Story - Pup and Mother Reunited

island fox pup
Island fox recovery is a success story, but sometimes it is nice to focus on individual successes.

This May an island fox pup, only a few days old, was separated from its parents. It was so young, its eyes were still closed. When the pup was found on a dirt road on Catalina Island, it was weak and hungry. Biologists with the Catalina Island Conservancy rallied to the pup's aid. Veterinary care was provided and after two weeks, the pup was healthy enough to be returned. But the clock was ticking on a possible reunion and acceptance from its fox family.

Returning to the area where the pup was found, biologist Lara Brenner and Emily Hamblen captured adult island foxes, including a female who showed signs of lactating. After observing interactions between the pup and the female, the pup was allowed to approach the female and it immediately began nursing. Mom and pup were reunited. The mother fox was radio-collared so that the biologists could locate the family and check in to see how the pup was doing. But getting everyone safely returned to the wild was a challenge. Watch the heart-warming story of mother and pup.



 
Three cheers for a brave island fox pup, a devoted mother fox, and the determined Catalina biologists who facilitated a successful reunion.

Friends of the Island Fox supports the CIC Fox Program with radio collars, fox health measures and "Fox-safer" trash cans. With your help, FIF replaced the electronic elements of traffic speed sign on Catalina in 2018 to help slow down drivers on a section of road dangerous to island foxes.

Working together to make island foxes and people safer on the Channel Islands.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Visit Island Foxes and FIF at Santa Barbara Zoo

Where can you see island foxes on the mainland? 


Come out and visit Friends of the Island Fox at

"Saving Species Day" 
at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Saturday July 7th, 2018
11 AM - 3 PM

Find out about how island foxes are doing in the wild. Which islands are doing well and what new threats are facing island foxes in 2018. 

See Lewis and Clark, two island fox brothers that were orphaned on San Clemente Island and have come to live at the Santa Barbara Zoo. These two male foxes are now adults, but they still have big personalities. Watch their video.


The Zoo will be focusing on endangered species and how you can help make a difference. From island foxes to Asian elephants, the wild world needs you!


Other mainland locations to see island foxes

Friday, June 22, 2018

What Has Arrived at Channel Islands National Park?

 Radio collars!


Five new radio collars
still in the wrapper
and 
Six refurbished radio collars
all rebuilt and ready to go back on island foxes!
...have arrived at Channel Islands National Park. These radio-telemetry collars will be fitted on island foxes in the next few months as biological technicians count island foxes and check their health.

Your donations funded these radio collars!


Look closely, this island fox is wearing a radio collar
Foxes with worn collars will be giving them up for refurbishing or new batteries. You have funded fourteen more of these collars to go from the field to the workshop for refitting. More on Refurbished Radio Collars

Radio collars offer a frontline of defense for monitoring and protecting island foxes.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fox Foto Friday - What is that fox doing?


You guessed it! She is marking her territory with urine. Island foxes are very territorial. Territory = food resources. Food means she and her mate can support a litter of pups.

Thanks to Daniel for taking this great photo on a trip to Santa Cruz Island with Friends of the Island Fox. Interested in traveling to see island foxes? Subscribe to the FIF newsletter for info on upcoming trips.

Marking territory with urine communicates through scent to other island foxes. Both male and female island foxes mark territory with urine and with scat. 

Island fox scat tells lots of stories:
Island fox diet and scat
Genetic science and island fox scat
Plants and island fox scat 

Friday, May 25, 2018

FIF Research Grant

Friends of the Island Fox is happy to announce 
the FIF Research Grant



The mission of Friends of the Island Fox (FIF) is to bring together conservation professionals and concerned private citizens to create public awareness about the island fox and to raise funds to support education, research and conservation measures to ensure the island fox's survival and protect its island home.

In 2018, Friends of the Island Fox is making $5,000 available in grant funding to researchers working on projects that align with our mission.

Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2018 and recipients will be notified September 1, 2018.



From diet fluctuation and territory use, to disease and longevity, there is much we still need to know about island foxes.


Your donations to Friends of the Island Fox
help make this research grant possible

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Recycling Island Fox Radio Collars


What can you do with a radio-tracking collar that looks like this?

Recycle it!

Across the Channel Islands, a select number of island foxes wear radio-tracking collars. See more about sentinel foxes. But radio collars have a limited lifespan. Their batteries last up to 36 months, then they need to be replaced. Refitting batteries, however, isn't like put new batteries in a flashlight. The waterproof and fox-proof casing has to be removed and refurbished in a workshop.

Friends of the Island Fox is happy to announce that our February fundraiser more than met our goal to fund the recycling of radio collars for Channel Islands National Park. 

Thanks to your donations 
FIF is refurbishing all 20 of the radio collars 
that CINP planned to recycle in 2018


"The collars will get new antennas, new casings, new batteries, new bands, and/or any other new parts that may be necessary," says Laura Shaskey, Wildlife Biologist at Channel Islands National Park. "They will be completely rebuilt, however intact components will be re-used. As you can see the previously used collars are in very poor shape, chewed up, and are often missing antenna."

courtesy of K. Schafer
Another important benefit of recycling radio collars is the reusing of established bandwidths of radio frequency. In our high-tech wireless world, more and more radio frequencies are being gobbled up for human devices. Fewer radio frequencies are available for wildlife tracking equipment. Recycling collars and reusing pre-established radio-collar frequencies is a smart use of physical and audio resources.


As Shaskey points out, "Refurbishing collars is an efficient cost-effective method to replace collars, so they are as good as new for monitoring another fox for the next three years."


Because recycling a radio collar costs less, FIF was also able to purchase 5 new radio collars for use in Channel Islands National Park.



25 radio tracking collars that will be placed on island foxes 
this season because of your donations!

"Thanks again for all your support with collar purchases this year! It is a great help!" - Laura Shaskey

Friday, May 04, 2018

Who Is On San Miguel Island?


It's spring on San Miguel Island and wildlife technicians are counting one of the species important to island foxes. Can you guess which one?

Follow along with the Channel Island National Park team as they document 1 second a day on San Miguel Island.



Find out more about the island fox and this other island animal

Discover new observations of this animal interacting with bald eagles 

A huge thank you to the wildlife technicians at Channel Islands National Park for sending FIF this glimpse into their days on San Miguel. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Island Foxes and Earth Day Events 2018


Earth Day is a great time to celebrate the success of island fox conservation and recommit to helping island foxes.

You can connect with Friends of the Island Fox at two Earth Day events.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
April 21 & 22, 2018
Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM & Sunday 11 AM - 6 PM

Friends of the Island Fox and Channel Islands Restoration will be at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara to celebrate at the Earth Day Festival (maps & info)

Join in a science investigation activity to discover what the island foxes have been eating. 

Learn about the connection between island foxes and native plants. 

FIF will be showcasing our NEW Friends of the Island Fox t-shirts! All sales help island fox conservation.

 
Fresno Chaffee Zoo Party for the Planet 2018
Friday April 20
9 AM - 1 PM

Get "hands-on" with the Health Check Fox
Fresno Chaffee Zoo has long been a supporter of Friends of the Island Fox and island fox recovery. Zoo volunteers will host FIF's Health Check Fox. 

This unique education tool lets you try your hand at a health check for an island fox. You can check the teeth, examine the ear with an otoscope, check the body for injuries, and take blood samples, just like the biologists do in the field.

FIF is celebrating the support of the Fresno community for island fox conservation. Fresno Chaffee Zoo's five year grant of $10,000 from 2013-2018 funded:

Join in the celebration. More details on the Party for the Planet

Support Fresno Chaffee Zoo's conservation efforts around the world and here in California for the island fox.