About FIF

Pat Meyer and an island fox at Santa Barbara Zoo
Friends of the Island Fox (FIF) was founded as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable and educational corporation in March, 2005 by Pat Meyer. From 2011-2017, FIF was affiliated with the Channel Islands Park Foundation. On January 1, 2018, FIF became a program of Channel Islands Restoration a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service (cirweb.org).

FIR joins with Channel Islands Restoration

FIF projects and programs  - What We Do.
Friends of the Island Fox Brochure pdf

Contact Us At:

Friends of the Island Fox
2390 C Las Posas Road, Suite #120
Camarillo, CA 93010

by phone: (805) 228-4123 or via e-mail: admin@islandfox.org

Meet the FIF Advisory Committee
FIF Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee Members (left to right)
Michael E. Lawshe, Mike Watling, Keri Dearborn, Dr. Rosanne Welch, Douglas E. Welch, Kim Pendergest, Peter Pendergest, Kerry Lampkin, Pat Meyer, Cindy Kimmick

Keri F. Dearborn, FIF Program Director
Keri served as V.P. of Education on the Friends of the Island Fox Board of Directors from 2005-2010 and Education Director from 2011-2017. She earned her BA from UCLA and her MA in Environmental Education from CSU San Bernardino in 2009. She's a teacher and developer of educational materials and programs. When she heard an island fox barking in the wild in 2017, she knew the past 15 years had been a success. 

To reach Keri regarding Friends of the Island Fox educational materials or programs:
(805) 228-4123 or keri@islandfox.org

Patricia M. Meyer, Director of Donor Relations and Fundraising
Founder of Friends of the Island Fox, Pat immigrated to the United States from England and completed her MBA through the University of Redlands, CA. Following a career as Vice-President of Personnel and Administration in the insurance industry, Pat became interested in zoology. She met Tim Coonan, fox biologist at the Channel Islands National Park, as island fox populations were plummeting. Coonan encouraged Pat to start a nonprofit organization to support island fox recovery efforts and Friends of the Island Fox was found in 2005. After directing FIF since its inception, Pat now serves as Director of Donor Relations and Fundraising. Her greatest thrill was having a wild island fox mark her backpack as its territory.

To reach Pat regarding donations or fundraising for Friends of the Island Fox Program:
(805) 228-4123 or pat@islandfox.org

Peter Pendergest, FIF Treasurer
Peter has been a FIF volunteer involved in island fox conservation efforts since 2006. He is Finance Director for World Wide Theatrical Marketing Procurement for Warner Brothers Studios and brings valuable financial experience to FIF. Peter is also a photographer. His photo of an island fox was the focus of FIF's first fundraising campaign.

Island Fox Friends 
Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands Park Foundation
Catalina Island Conservancy
Santa Barbara Zoo
Fresno Chaffee Zoo 
Road Scholar 
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
U.S. Navy
University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Montrose Settlement Restoration Program
Moorpark Teaching Zoo
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Channel Islands Restoration
Island Packers
Fort Collins, CO,  Foxes Baseball Club
El Segundo Ladies Golf Club  

Friends of the Island Fox Education Programs Have Participated with:
California Science Teachers Association
California State University, Long Beach Science Teacher training program
Carpinteria School District Science Matters
Channel Islands National Park, Live Dive Program
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
Gold Coast Science Matters
Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden
Moorpark College Teaching Zoo
Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center
Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel)
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Monica Mountains Restoration Trust
Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Science Fest
Ventura County Office of Education

Numerous elementary, middle and high schools throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties

Various community and philanthropic organizations
Updated 01/30/18