Island Journal - Santa Cruz Island
|Would you believe the boat is still at the end of the dock?|
It was fascinating to see how much the native plants in the restored wetland had grown in a year. (Santa Cruz wetland in 2012) Gone were the green and yellow flags marking the newly planted vegetation. In their place were blooming Santa Cruz Island buckwheat, leggy willows and a melange of wetland plants.
|Looking across the planted wetland toward the dead snag|
We had hardly stepped off the pier when we had our first view of the scrub jay flying overhead. Throughout the day we saw numerous individuals; some carrying food to nests on the hillsides.
Everyone was keeping an eye open for an island fox. In the early afternoon a male island fox came to investigate the lower area near the barn and picnic tables. He appeared several times, sniffing through the vegetation, marking his territory and eventually climbing up the hillside.
|Photo courtesy of Michael Lawshe|
Keri Dearborn - Education Director, FIF
Take a virtual trip to Santa Cruz through the photos of Douglas Welch and Michael Lawshe.
You can visit the island fox in its natural habitat too. Now that all populations of endangered island foxes are recovering, visitors to the Channel Islands have a good opportunity to see this rare species in the wild. You can see island foxes in the wild at Channel Islands National Park and Santa Catalina Island. What to remember when visiting the island fox.
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Other Island Journals from Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz in Spring 2012
Student Returns to Santa Cruz