What We Do

island fox receiving health check
Friends of the Island Fox is a joint effort of conservation professionals and concerned private citizens striving to create public awareness about the endangered island fox and to raise funds to support education, research and conservation measures to ensure the island fox’s survival.

Friends of the Island Fox Brochure pdf

What's NEW with island foxes !

Current Projects:
  • Funding radio monitoring collars and identification microchips for island foxes on San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Santa Catalina Islands. Since 2005 we have funded 123 radio collars. Including 5 radio collars to assist with determining the effectiveness of a new canine distemper virus vaccine.
  • Funding annual health checks and vaccinations for rabies and canine distemper for endangered island fox populations.
  • Financial support for the annual meeting of the Island Fox Recovery Group to ensure the sharing of scientific information, resources and conservation effort between all entities working to protect the endangered island fox.
  • Supporting necropsies of dead island foxes, serology testing, and other vital research.
  • Funding installation of 3 "Fox-Saver" bins on Santa Catalina Island to reduce human impacts on island foxes.
  • Supporting conservation efforts across the Channel Islands to restore and preserve island fox habitat.
  • Providing educational presentations to community groups and schools (K-college) regarding the island fox and its important relationship with the Channel Island ecosystem. Offering resources to educators through professional development programs and educational materials. More about Programs
FIF presents $6,000 check to the Catalina Island Conservancy for 3 "Fox-Saver" bins
island fox radio collars
 Friends of the Island Fox (FIF) was founded as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable and educational corporation in March, 2005. On January 1, 2011, for the joint benefit of both organizations, FIF joined with the Channel Islands Park Foundation a 501 (c) (3) public benefit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service (www.ciparkfoundation.org).

Contact Us At:
Friends of the Island Fox
c/o Channel Islands Park Foundation
1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA 93001

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

Patricia M. Meyer, Island Fox Program DirectorFounder of Friends of the Island Fox, Pat was born and educated in England. She immigrated to Canada and then to the United States, settling in Los Angeles where she completed her MBA through the University of Redlands, California. Following a career as Vice-President of Personnel and Administration in the insurance industry, Pat joined the docent program at the Los Angeles Zoo. While researching the story of the island fox for her zoology lecture at the Zoo, she met Tim Coonan, the fox biologist at the Channel Islands National Park. He encouraged Pat to start a nonprofit organization to support island fox recovery efforts. Friends of the Island Fox was found in 2005 and joined with the Channel Islands Park Foundation in 2011. After directing Friends of the Island Fox since its inception, Pat now serves as the Director of Donor Relations and Fundraising.

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


Keri F. Dearborn, Education Director
Keri is a California native. She earned her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her MA in Environmental Education from CA State University San Bernardino in 2009. As well as developing conservation and educational materials and programs for a variety of non-profit organizations and private companies, she is a nonfiction writer and a contributing author for a number of textbooks, teachers’ guides, and state literacy tests. Keri served as V.P. of Education on the Friends of the Island Fox Board of Directors from 2005-2010 and continues to direct FIF’s educational programs.

To Reach Keri Dearborn regarding Friends of the Island Fox educational materials or programs:
(805) 228-4123 or islandfoxnews@gmail.com

updated 01/24/2017 

Island Fox Friends
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Catalina Island Conservancy
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NatureBridge 
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