Can you identify this fox?
Island fox or gray fox?
- Check out the tail
- This fox was seen in a backyard in Camarillo, CA
Friends of the Island Fox has you covered.
Island fox or gray fox?
$5000 in research grant funding is nothing to stick your tongue out at.
The deadline for Friends of the Island Fox's 2021 Research Grant is fast approaching.
Download FIF 2021 Research Grant Application
Applications will be accepted through August 31.
Join the innovative researchers discovering new information about island foxes and the Channel Islands.
Collar identification numbers and radio frequency are originally noted on the collar band. When the bands are pre-punched with holes to fascilitate an adjustable fit on individual foxes, the numbers can become obscured.
In the field the goal is to keep an island fox in-hand for as little time as possible. By putting the important numbers on the pink ribbon, the collar can be quickly grabbed from a bag, the ribbon taken off, the collar fitted, and the fox released. Then the collar numbers can be written on the data sheet for that individual island fox.It is a brilliant and simple way to keep data accurate and release island foxes as quickly as possible.
Friends of the Island Fox just provided 15 refurbished and 15 new radio collars for the northern islands.
But 8 of those new collars still need funding!
If you donate $350 for a new radio collar today, your collar will be going on an island fox in the next few weeks.
$220 refurbishes a used radio collar
$350 funds a new radio collar
Radio collars monitor island foxes in the wild, providing an early warning of disease or other threats to an entire island's population.
Vaccinations for Catalina Island foxes
Meet Mike Watling. On July 1, 2021 he became FIF's new President.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the incoming president of Friends of the Island Fox.
I have been a member of the FIF advisory committee for the past five years and a member of the Board for the past year, helping to shape the future of FIF following the delisting of the island fox. My background is in the biomedical field where for the past 23 years I have been working on diagnostic test kits for human cancer. I am also trained as a California naturalist through the University of California, certified as a wildlife tracker through CyberTracker North America, and a volunteer naturalist with Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. (He's also a great wildlife photographer.)
I'm also married with two daughters: one a wildlife biologist in northern California and the other a pre-veterinary student at California State University Channel Islands.
Your generous contributions have made these things possible. The mission of FIF is to work together to protect the island fox and their island home and that focus will remain as strong going forward as it has in the past. Its Science, for Fox Sake!
President, Friends of the Island Fox
Meet the entire FIF Board of Directors 2021
See Mike's posts on Identifying the Foxes of North America
Apply for the FIF 2021 Research Grant (now through Aug. 31)