Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Friends of the Island Fox Joins With Channel Islands Restoration

photo courtesy of Todd West
This island fox is eating small native berries. 
Plants sustain island foxes.

2018 begins with some exciting news!

Friends of the Island Fox 
is now a program of Channel Islands Restoration.


Channel Islands Restoration (CIR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that protects rare and endangered plants and animals by restoring habitat in sensitive and unique natural areas on the California Channel Islands and adjacent mainland.  

In 2016, FIF and CIR worked together taking two groups of volunteers to Santa Cruz Island to remove invasive plants.

Families removing invasive oyster plant on Santa Cruz Island

Island foxes are intricately connected to the other plants and animals in their ecosystem. This new relationship with CIR will enhance FIF's ability to effect long-term positive change for island foxes across the six islands where they live.  We look forward to working with CIR to revitalize habitat for island foxes and other island species. 

The health and welfare of island foxes remains FIF's priority. From radio-tracking collars to vaccinations, from campground food lockers to education presentations, your donations to Friends of the Island Fox support a variety of conservation efforts, public education, and research focused on island fox survival. What We Do

Meet FIF's new Advisory Committee and consider how you can help island foxes. 

Working together we can protect island foxes and their Channel Island home.

Keri Dearborn, FIF Program Director 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fox Foto Friday - Island Fox Casual

Few wild animals, especially top predators, will go about their daily lives right in front of human observers. Island fox as predator. Researcher Todd West took this photo of a Santa Cruz Island fox on a recent visit to the Channel Islands. 

Island foxes in Channel Islands National Park regard people as equals. These tiny predators are not afraid of people because they have had a positive relationship with humans for thousands of years. Modern visitors play a vital role in maintaining that relationship; Visiting The Island Fox.

Thank you, Todd, for sharing your image with Friends of the Island Fox.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Fox Foto Friday - Island Fox School Project

An island fox, its habitat, diet, behavior and life story.

This wonderful school project was created by a 3rd grade student at Opal Robinson Elementary School in Manhattan Beach.

FIF school presentations will be available on a limited basis beginning in March 2018. 

Teachers - island foxes are a real world entry into math, history, science and ecology. Check out island fox school activities K-12. 

Monday, January 01, 2018

Friends of the Island Fox's "12 Days of Winter"

Happy New Year 2018!
On the 12th Day of Winter the Islands gave to me...

Find out more about island foxes and their

A huge Thank You to Douglas E. Welch for providing graphic design and to the photographers that contributed to this project: Michael E. Lawshe, Keri Dearborn, Douglas E. Welch, Peter Pendergest, Catherine Schwemm, and Mike Watling. A special Thank You to Cathy Van Slyke, who's photo of an island fox in a fig tree provided the inspiration.