At first glance, the Channel Islands may appear barren, but a closer look reveals a rich diversity of plants and animals. Many of these species, like the island fox, are endemic and found no where else in the world.
Join Friends of the Island Fox in a Trip to Santa Cruz Island
What can you see on Santa Cruz Island in just a few hours?
Island Journal - Santa Cruz Island, March 29, 2012
|bramble-green hair streak; a new species for us|
Insects were also on the menu for a black phoebe, Say's phoebe and barn swallows flying over the restored wetland. In the willows we even spotted a warbling vireo and the rare island scrub-jay.
In all we noted 25 plant species (many of them island endemics), 33 species of birds (including over 1000 migrating western grebes, an osprey and the Channel Island subspecies of Allen's hummingbird and Bewick's wren). Full Bird List.
Then just before we boarded the boat for home, a group of school children spotted an island fox!
|Channel Island fox|
|bottlenose dolphin with calf|
- Keri Dearborn, FIF Education Director
You can spend a day on Santa Cruz Island too!
FIF Trip to Santa Cruz Island, April 6, 2013.
Across the Channel Islands, female island foxes, like Tani and the one seen at Prisoner's Harbor, are separating themselves from their diverse island world and going into the shelter of their dens to prepare for giving birth. The recent spring rains may help support the island biodiversity that the Channel Island fox needs to survive. We can all hope that new pups will help to continue the recovery of the endangered populations.
Island Journal - Santa Cruz Island
Visiting Island Foxes on Santa Cruz Island
Restoring Habitat on Santa Cruz Island, 2012
Island Fox Releases on Santa Cruz Island, 2007