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October 01, 2014
National Park Service Rangers Recover Deceased Diver
Ventura, CA — On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Channel Islands National Park rangers recovered the body of a deceased diver near Frenchys Cove on Anacapa Island.

July 18, 2014
Junior Rangers Dive Under the Sea
Recently, nine year-old Tigran Nahabedian was sworn in as the park’s first Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer. Nahabedian adds this new distinction to his collection of junior ranger badges from 27 national parks including Lassen, Death Valley, Oregon Caves, and Yellowstone.

June 16, 2014
Continued Trend in Island Fox Recovery
The endangered island fox subspecies on the northern Channel Islands are at or approaching biological recovery following their near 95% decline in the 1990s.

June 12, 2014
Join a National Celebration of our Anthem’s Bicentennial
Channel Islands National Park is participating in a special coast-to-coast singing celebration of Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

April 24, 2014
Cut Short by War: Tthe Channel Islands Biological Survey
Channel Islands National Park welcomes Corinne Heyning Laverty for a special lecture in May about the history of the Channel Islands Biological Survey. Noteworthy discoveries of the survey include the "Lone Woman's" whalebone hut on San Nicolas Island and Big Dog Cave on San Clemente Island.

April 17, 2014
San Miguel Island Closed To Public
Effectively immediately, public visits to San Miguel Island (SMI), part of the Channel Islands National Park (CINP), are temporarily suspended. Due to safety concerns, the Department of the Navy, which is the land owner at SMI and is represented locally by Naval Base Ventura County, has asked the National Park Service via the CINP Superintendent's office to halt all recreational visits to the island.

March 31, 2014
Island Night Lizard Removed from Endangered Species List Due to Recovery
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the removal of the island night lizard (Xantusia riversiana), a soft-skinned lizard found on three Channel Islands off the southern California coast, from the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The lizard’s recovery is due primarily to the successful habitat conservation and restoration actions of the U.S. Navy and National Park Service. The final rule delisting the species will officially publish in the Federal Register on April 1, 2014.

March 14, 2014
Local University Supports Research on Santa Rosa Island
The new Santa Rosa Island Research Station manager Cause Hanna will outline research plans for California State University, Channel Islands during the From Shore to Sea lecture in April.

March 03, 2014
Report Released on Economic Benefit of National Parks
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that approximately 250,000 visitors to Channel Islands National Park in 2012 spent nearly $14 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 178 jobs in the local area.

March 03, 2014
Santa Barbara Island Closed Due to Storm Damage
Ventura, CA — Santa Barbara Island is closed to public access due to damage from the recent storms to the pier landing ladder. The closure will be in place until a new ladder can be fabricated and installed. The closure is expected to last over a month.

February 25, 2014
Smithsonian Scientist Shares Research on Island Songbirds
On March 12, 2014, Channel Islands National Park will host a special lecture about island songbirds by Smithsonian biologist Scott Sillett.

January 28, 2014
National Park and National Marine Sanctuary Volunteers Recognized
Today, Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Chris Mobley celebrate their annual volunteer recognition event.

January 27, 2014
Public Comment Period Extended on Draft General Management Plan and Wilderness Study
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau has extended the deadline again for public comment on the Draft General Management Plan and Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement for Channel Islands National Park.

January 07, 2014
Public Comment Period Extended on Draft General Management Plan and Wilderness Study
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau has extended the deadline for public comment on the Draft General Management Plan and Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement for Channel Islands National Park

December 04, 2013
PBS Series Premiers Film on Bald Eagle Recovery at the Channel Islands
Steady recovery of bald eagles is evident with breeding occurring on four of the eight California Channel Islands and over 40 resident birds. This year another milestone was reached with the first natural hatching of a second generation bald eagle chick on Santa Cruz Island.

November 15, 2013
National Park Service Seeks Public Input on Draft General Management Plan and Wilderness Study
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau invites the public to learn about the Draft General Management Plan and Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement for Channel Islands National Park.

November 08, 2013
Channel Islands Featured in New Photo Book and Exhibit
A special book signing and lecture to feature Tim Hauf’s latest photo book “Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary: California’s Galapagos” will be held at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

November 08, 2013
Research Reveals Clues to Island Life 500 Years Ago
Dr. Todd Braje will discuss what life was like in the Chumash village of Qshiwqshiw on Santa Rosa Island at the dawn of European contact during the November From Shore to Sea lecture.

October 31, 2013
Student Art Inspired by California’s Ocean and Coast
Winning entries from the 2013 California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest will be on exhibit through Monday, November 11, at Channel Islands National Park.

October 17, 2013
Channel Islands National Park Open for Visitors
Channel Islands National Park reopens for visitors today. The five islands within Channel Islands National Park have been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional Appropriations.

July 11, 2013
National Park Service Volunteer Dies After Accident on Anacapa Island
Channel Islands National Park volunteer Joe Wysocki died following an accident at Anacapa Island on Wednesday July 10, 2013. Wysocki fell off the landing dock ladder as he was boarding the National Park Service (NPS) vessel Ocean Ranger at about 3:15 pm and sustained a serious head injury.

May 29, 2013
Replacement Planned for Scorpion Pier on Santa Cruz Island
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau announced today the beginning of a planning process to replace and potentially relocate the pier at Scorpion Anchorage on eastern Santa Cruz Island.

May 20, 2013
Rapid Recovery Evident to Ecosystem on Santa Cruz Island
The endangered island fox, one of America’s rarest mammals which occur only on six Channel Islands, is on the verge of recovery.

April 24, 2013
New Boat Expands a 45 Year Tradition of Connecting People to the Channel Islands
Island Packers, the official concessioner for Channel Islands National Park, celebrates 45 years in business with the christening of their new 64-foot catamaran next Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 5:30 pm in Ventura Harbor.

April 22, 2013
Biologists Present Results of Island Restoration in Evening Lecture
The May From Shore to Sea lecture will feature two biologists, Kate Faulkner and Jennifer Boyce, discussing the recovery of Anacapa Island a decade after the removal of nonnative rats.

April 05, 2013
Back from the Brink—Island Fox Populations Recovering
At the April From Shore to Sea lecture National Park Service biologist Tim Coonan will tell a compelling story of a decade’s effort to save the endangered Channel Islands fox from extinction.

March 07, 2013
Island Recovery Evident Ten Years after the Removal of Rats
Ten years after removing nonnative rats the ecosystem on Anacapa Island, including rare seabirds, is showing profound results of recovery.

February 21, 2013
University Establishes Research Partnership with National Park Service
California State University Channel Islands and the National Park Service today announced a partnership to create a field research station on Santa Rosa Island within Channel Islands National Park. The agreement paves the way for a facility that hosts wide-ranging educational and research opportunities in one of the nation’s most ecologically and archaeologically prized island settings.

January 08, 2013
Students Honored in Exhibit of Coastal Art and Poetry
Winners of the 2012 California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest will be on exhibit through Sunday, February 10, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center. This contest for kindergarten through 12th grade students is sponsored by the California Coastal Commission.

December 18, 2012
Missing Man Found Dead on Santa Cruz Island
A 23-year-old man, Christopher Anthony Mondiek from Dublin OH, was found deceased this morning on the beach at Yellowbanks Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island within Channel Islands National Park.

November 08, 2012
Cave and Artifacts Found on San Nicolas Island
In an upcoming lecture US Navy senior archeologist and historian Steve Schwartz will tell the story of the remarkable and recent discovery of a long-sought-after cave on San Nicolas Island that was likely the home of the “lone woman.”

October 03, 2012
Webcam Provides a Window to the Underwater World
Remote, isolated, rugged, and sometimes inaccessible, Channel Islands National Park can be challenging to experience. Now, through advanced technology, the Channel Islands Live Ocean Webcam brings the park’s prolific and diverse marine environment directly to you.

October 01, 2012
Bald Eagle Restoration and Recovery on the Channel Islands
During the October “From Shore to Sea” lecture Dr. Peter Sharpe, wildlife biologist from the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS), will discuss the multiagency efforts to return bald eagles to their historic range on the Channel Islands. Dr. Sharpe will give an overview of this history of bald eagles on the Channel Islands and the cause of their eventual disappearance from the islands.

September 06, 2012
A Mixture of Two Worlds
In September National Park Service biologist Dan Richards will share some of the wonder that captured his interest in marine science as he discusses the dynamic intertidal zone, an extreme environment that bridges land and sea.

May 25, 2012
Celebrate World Oceans Day with a Virtual Dive at the Channel Islands
Celebrate World Oceans Day this year by taking a virtual dive into the kelp forest without ever getting wet by joining a special Live Dive program at Channel Islands National Park.

May 02, 2012
Restoring Rare Seabirds at the Channel Islands
At the May “From Shore to Sea” lecture National Park Service biologist Laurie Harvey will discuss efforts to restore rare seabirds and their habitats on the Channel Islands.

May 02, 2012
Event Celebrates a Decade of Bald Eagle Restoration
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, an event to celebrate the return of bald eagles will provide visitors an opportunity to see a live bald eagle up close, meet wildlife biologists, and learn about the ecological significance of bald eagle restoration on the Channel Islands.

April 19, 2012
Celebrate World Oceans Day with Channel Islands Live
Celebrate World Oceans Day—Take a virtual dive into the kelp forest without ever getting wet by joining special live broadcasts from Channel Islands National Park. Interact with diving park rangers to learn about current threats to our oceans and how you can help conserve our coastal and ocean resources.

April 10, 2012
Celebrating 30 Years of Monitoring Kelp Forests
National Park Service biologist David Kushner will discuss trends seen after three decades of monitoring the kelp forests around the Channel Islands during the April “From Shore to Sea” lecture.

March 07, 2012
Earliest Known Record of a Bald Eagle Chick Hatching on the Channel Islands
The 2012 bald eagle breeding season is kicking off to a record start with the earliest known natural hatching of a bald eagle chick on the Channel Islands. This early arrival was witnessed on Monday at a nest near Carl Peak on Santa Cruz Island.

March 06, 2012
Restoring a Rare Coastal Wetland on Santa Cruz Island
Biologist Paula Power will discuss a large-scale effort by the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy to restore the coastal wetland at Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island during the March “From Shore to Sea” lecture.

February 29, 2012
Economic Value of Local National Park
A new National Park Service report shows that in 2010 more than 277,500 visitors spent over $24 million in Channel Islands National Park and the nearby communities. That spending supported more than 300 jobs in the area.

November 04, 2011
Exploring Early Chinese Abalone Fisheries
Dr. Todd Braje will describe the intensive commercial abalone fishery that Chinese fishermen established beginning in the 1850s during the November “From Shore to Sea” lecture.

October 12, 2011
Affects of Algal Blooms on Local Waters
Dr. David Caron, a distinguished professor in Marine Environmental Biology at University of Southern California (USC), will discuss how harmful algal blooms can disrupt food webs, poison susceptible species, and present human health risks at the October “Shore to Sea” lecture at Channel Islands National Park.

September 26, 2011
Major Project Begins to Restore Coastal Wetland on Santa Cruz Island
The National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy announced today the ground-breaking for a large-scale project to restore the coastal wetland at Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island.

August 17, 2011
Closures on Santa Rosa Island for Final Deer and Elk Hunts
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau announces the final hunt closures on Santa Rosa Island from August 28 to December 31, 2011. The non-native deer and elk will be eliminated from the island by the end of 2011 per a court settlement.

August 11, 2011
A Banner Year for Sea Lions on the Channel Islands
On September 14, 2011, Dr. Sharon Melin, a distinguished wildlife biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), will discuss the life history of California sea lions as they transition from playful pups to resourceful predators.

August 09, 2011
Murre Seabird Chicks Hatch for the First Time in 100 Years on the Channel Islands
This July, researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Park Service (NPS) discovered that California Common Murre (Uria aalge californica) chicks had hatched for the first time since 1912 on the Channel Islands.

July 18, 2011
Park and Sanctuary Volunteer Program Receives National Recognition
At a White House award ceremony today the Channel Islands Naturalist Corps was named the Take Pride in America Outstanding Federal Volunteer Program.

July 10, 2011
Coast Guard, National Park Service locate 15 suspected illegal migrants
The Coast Guard and National Park Service conducted a joint search near Santa Cruz Island, Calif., that concluded with the apprehension of 15 suspected illegal migrants, July 10.

June 15, 2011
Bald Eagle Hatches for the First Time in over 60 Years on Anacapa Island
For the first time in over sixty years a bald eagle chick has naturally hatched in a remote canyon on West Anacapa Island within Channel Islands National Park.

June 15, 2011
Channel Islands Live—Take a Virtual Visit to Your National Park
How does a visit to a remote island at no cost to you sound? If this idea intrigues you, consider going on a virtual journey to Channel Islands National Park. Through technology you can remotely join a live interactive dive or hike on Anacapa Island or watch a young eaglet in the nest on neighboring Santa Cruz Island, all part of a distance learning program called Channel Islands Live.

June 07, 2011
Celebrate World Oceans Day
Celebrate World Oceans Day this week at Channel Islands National Park with two special Channel Islands Live Dive broadcasts at noon and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 and a community event on Saturday, June 11, 2011.

May 05, 2011
Premiere of New Park Film and Visitor Center Exhibits
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau is pleased to announce the premiere of a new park film Treasure in the Sea and visitor center exhibits on Saturday, May 7, 2011. “We hope our new film and exhibits will help connect people to their national park and inspire them to protect the park’s precious resources,” said Superintendent Galipeau.

April 29, 2011
Probably More Than You Want to Know About Rockfish
Dr. Milton Love, a popular and entertaining speaker as well as a leading researcher, will provide intriguing information on rockfish natural history and habitats in the Santa Barbara Channel during the May “From Shore to Sea” lecture.

April 19, 2011
Following Bald Eagles on the Channel Islands
For the past few months biologists have been following the Pelican Harbor bald eagle pair after they abandoned their nest, entertained other nest sites, and finally settled into a more remote location on Santa Cruz Island. This is the same pair that naturally hatched the first bald eagle chick in over 50 years on the Channel Islands in 2006.

April 06, 2011
Volunteers Restore Habitat on Anacapa Island
No abstract supplied.

March 10, 2011
Marine Terraces Trace Island Geologic History
Guest speaker geologist Daniel Muhs will share his research on marine terrace uplift rates at the Channel Islands and how this information increases our understanding of the islands biogeography at the April 13, 2011, “From Shore to Sea” lecture.

February 03, 2011
Examining Blue and Humpback Whale Behavior
Research biologist John Calambokidis will discuss his work examining threats to whales in southern California and share information regarding populations of blue and humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean at the March "From Shore to Sea" lecture.

December 04, 2010
Anacapa Island Opens: Staircase Replaced
This week the staircase on Anacapa Island was replaced using a Skycrane heavy-lift helicopter contracted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The National Park Service expects to open the island to the public on Saturday, December 4, 2010.

November 09, 2010
Exploring Ranching History on San Miguel Island
During the November lectures, Dr. Julia Costello, one of California’s most respected historical archeologists, will discuss new findings about early sheep ranches on San Miguel Island.

September 28, 2010
Fishermen Work With Researchers to Protect Lobster and Rockfish
No abstract supplied.

September 22, 2010
Cleanup Teams Scour Shorelines from the Channel Islands to the Mainland Coast
Several organizations are banding together to clean up our coastlines along the Channel Islands and at three area beaches in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

September 17, 2010
Reestablishing Sea Otters to Southern California
A special lecture on efforts to reestablish sea otters to southern California will be given by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement senior marine biologist, Greg Sanders, as part of Sea Otter Awareness Week.

August 17, 2010
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates 30 Years of Protection
No abstract supplied.

August 11, 2010
Students Catalog DNA Codes of Species in Channel Islands Kelp Forests
No abstract supplied.

August 05, 2010
Restoring Habitat for Seabirds on the Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

June 30, 2010
Santa Barbara Island Warning
Great white sharks have been observed around Santa Barbara Island attacking California sea lions. There have been no shark attacks on humans. There have been three attacks on California sea lions by great white sharks in the past few months including one at the Santa Barbara Island Landing Cove and two offshore of Cat Canyon on the southeast side of the island. The public is duly warned to enter the water at their own risk at Santa Barbara Island due to a potential safety hazard effective June 30, 2010 and until further notice.

June 30, 2010
Planning for Global Climate Change
During the July “From Shore to Sea” lectures, William Douros, West Coast Regional Director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will discuss how sanctuaries are addressing the potential threats and challenges of global climate change.

June 11, 2010
Anacapa Island Closed Due to Deteriorating Staircase
Anacapa Island is closed to the public until further notice due to a safety hazard. The corrosion of a frame support on the island staircase has unfortunately necessitated this closure.

June 10, 2010
Endangered Island Fox: On the Cusp of Biological Recovery
The island fox, listed in 2004 as a federally endangered species, is approaching biological recovery on Santa Cruz and San Miguel Islands within Channel Islands National Park.

June 07, 2010
Trends Revealed in Nearly 30 Years of Monitoring Kelp Forests
During the June “From Shore to Sea” lectures, National Park Service Biologist David Kushner will discuss changes and trends seen after 28 years of monitoring the kelp forest ecosystems around the Channel Islands.

May 27, 2010
New Milestone Reached in Channel Islands Bald Eagle Recovery
Today eagle enthusiasts will watch as biologists band and tag two bald eagle chicks that will soon leave their Pelican Harbor nest on Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of southern California.

May 23, 2010
Live Broadcast of Biologists Banding Bald Eagle Chicks
No abstract supplied.

May 10, 2010
Fall Fatal for Young Hiker on Santa Cruz Island
A 22-year-old man, a Goleta CA resident, died on Saturday afternoon May 8, 2010, after a 60-foot fall off the cliff at Potato Harbor on Santa Cruz Island within Channel Islands National Park.

May 07, 2010
Film Chronicles Six Generations of a Chumash Family
During the May “From Shore to Sea” lectures Ernestine Ygnacio-De Soto and Dr. John Johnson will present a film directed by Paul Goldsmith on the history of Chumash family called “6 Generations. The film explores the lives of De Soto’s ancestors by telling the story of six generations of Chumash women from the Spanish mission period through the present day. For thousands of years the Chumash people occupied the California coast from San Luis Obispo to Malibu.

April 16, 2010
National Park Service Releases Final Plans to Restore Coastal Wetland
No abstract supplied.

April 16, 2010
Local Artists Celebrate National Park Week
No abstract supplied.

April 08, 2010
Bringing Back the Samala Chumash Language
During the April “From Shore to Sea” lectures, Nakia Zavalla and Dr. Richard Applegate will discuss their ambitious project to revive Samala, the language of the Santa Ynez Chumash people.

February 18, 2010
Channel Islands National Park 30th Anniversary: Charting a Course for the Future
During the March “From Shore to Sea” lectures, Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau will commemorate the park’s 30th anniversary.

January 27, 2010
Current Research Indicates Channel Islands as a Population Hub for California Native Americans
No abstract supplied.

January 05, 2010
Removing Feral Cats from San Nicolas Island
During the January “From Shore to Sea” lectures, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) biologist Annie Little will discuss how recent efforts to remove feral cats from San Nicolas Island will help restore native wildlife.

November 11, 2009
Exploring Sunken Wrecks Around the Channel Islands
During the December “From Shore to Sea” lectures, sanctuary and park cultural resource experts Robert Schwemmer and Kelly Minas will discuss current research about historic shipwrecks and submerged airplanes around the islands.

October 21, 2009
Hiker Dies in Apparent Heat-Related Incident on Santa Cruz Island
On Friday, October 16, 2009, a 49-year-old man died of what appears to have been a case of heat stroke following a prolonged hike in unseasonably hot weather on Santa Cruz Island within Channel Islands National Park.

October 04, 2009
Who Were the First People to Live on San Nicolas Island?
Steve Schwartz, U.S. Navy senior archaeologist and historian, will discuss the intriguing question of who were the first people to live on San Nicolas Island during the November “From Shore to Sea” lectures.

September 30, 2009
How is Climate Change Affecting Marine Life?
No abstract supplied.

September 21, 2009
Sea Otters: Indicators of Our Ocean's Health
During the October “From Shore to Sea” lectures, Greg Sanders, a senior biologist with Minerals Management Service, will share some of his favorite sea otter tales while offering information on how sea otters are an indicator of our ocean’s health.

August 06, 2009
Monitoring Air Pollution in the Santa Barbara Channel
No abstract supplied.

July 10, 2009
Understanding the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative in Southern California
No abstract supplied.

June 09, 2009
National Park Service Seeks Public Involvement in Wilderness Planning
No abstract supplied.

May 29, 2009
National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Coastal Wetland Restoration
No abstract supplied.

May 27, 2009
Construction Begins on New Pier for Santa Rosa Island
No abstract supplied.

May 20, 2009
Evidence from the Channel Islands of Major Cosmic Impact 12,900 Years Ago
No abstract supplied.

May 07, 2009
New Insights into Blue and Humpback Whales off Southern California
Research biologist, John Calambokidis, will discuss his work tracking the movements and estimating the populations of blue and humpback whales in the North Pacific at the May “From Shore to Sea” lecture. 

April 14, 2009
Ecologist Discusses Project to Restore Prisoners Harbor Wetland
No abstract supplied.

April 06, 2009
Public to Enjoy New Visitor Center and Exhibits on Santa Cruz Island
The National Park Service (NPS) announces today the opening and dedication of the Scorpion Ranch Visitor Center and additional exhibits located on East Santa Cruz Island within Channel Islands National Park.

March 19, 2009
Filmmaker Ken Burns to Share Highlights of Upcoming Documentary Series
No abstract supplied.

March 04, 2009
New Approaches to Understanding Kelp Forest Ecosystem Health
No abstract supplied.

February 05, 2009
Renowned Researcher Shares Survival Strategies of Open Water Fishes
No abstract supplied.

December 10, 2008
The French and Italian Heritage of Santa Cruz Island
During the December “From Shore to Sea” lectures, Ann Huston, the Chief of Cultural Resources with Channel Islands National Park, will discuss the ranching operations on Santa Cruz Island during the late 1800’s and early 1900s.

November 17, 2008
Live Dive Program Connects Education Technology Leaders in Sacramento to Kelp Forest Divers at the Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

November 12, 2008
Recovery of Sea Otter Populations in Southern California Waters
No abstract supplied.

October 24, 2008
Captive Breeding Program that Prevented Extinction of Endangered Island Fox Ends
No abstract supplied.

October 08, 2008
Status of Red Abalone Recovery in Southern California
No abstract supplied.

September 19, 2008
Coastal Cleanup on the California Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

September 04, 2008
Recalling the Return to Limuw:     A Chumash Tomol Crosses the Channel
No abstract supplied.

August 11, 2008
Scientists Study Blue Whales after Ship Strikes near the Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

July 14, 2008
Bald Eagle Chicks Return to the Wild
Today brings the return to the wild of the second of the two bald eagle chicks that were injured during an attack by a sub-adult bald eagle at Pelican Harbor on Santa Cruz Island on May 19, 2008.

July 07, 2008
Living on the Land: Chumash Use of Plants on the California Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

June 13, 2008
Ashy Storm-Petrel To Be Considered For Possible Federal Protection
No abstract supplied.

June 12, 2008
National Park Service Proposes to Restore Coastal Wetland
No abstract supplied.

June 11, 2008
Live Dive Links Students to Underwater World of the Channel Islands
The Channel Islands Live Dive season kicks off today when over 120 sixth grade students from Blackstock Junior High School in Oxnard interact with divers underwater 14 miles offshore at Anacapa Island in Channel Islands National Park.

June 11, 2008
Peregrine Falcons Move Closer to Recovery on the California Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

May 20, 2008
Bald Eaglets Driven From Their Nest on the Northern Channel Islands
Yesterday two seven-week-old bald eagle chicks were unexpectedly taken from their nest at Pelican Harbor on Santa Cruz Island by an attacking sub-adult bald eagle.

May 06, 2008
National Park Concessioner Celebrates 40 Years of Connecting People to the Channel Islands
Forty years ago Bill Connally, founder of Island Packers, was inspired with a vision to share the wonders of the Channel Islands by providing excursions to these remote offshore islands.

May 02, 2008
Black Abalone on the Channel Islands Teeter Toward Extinction
No abstract supplied.

April 29, 2008
Centennial Challenge Projects coming to Southern California National Parks
No abstract supplied.

April 06, 2008
State of the Seas at the California Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

April 03, 2008
Spring Success for Bald Eagles on the Channel Islands
This week biologists and dedicated eagle enthusiasts watched via the Channel Islands Live EagleCAM as two chicks hatched at the Pelican Harbor nest on Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of southern California.

March 05, 2008
Using Acoustics to Monitor Marine Mammals
Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher Dr. John Hildebrand will talk about how acoustic monitoring can be used to study marine mammals and shipping noise around the Channel Islands at the March “From Shore to Sea” lecture.

February 08, 2008
Pelicans Prosper
Today, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne formally proposed removing the California Brown Pelican from the federal list of threatened and endangered species along with the remaining protected populations of brown pelicans along the Gulf and Pacific Coasts, Caribbean, and Central and South America.

February 06, 2008
Scientists to Discuss First Five Years of Monitoring the Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

February 01, 2008
Chinese Fishermen on the Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

December 06, 2007
Recovery Status of Endangered Island Foxes
No abstract supplied.

November 15, 2007
Poets in the Parks--Inspired at Inspiration Point
No abstract supplied.

November 08, 2007
Managers Perspective on Protecting Your Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

October 09, 2007
The Human Dimension of Marine Reserves
No abstract supplied.

October 09, 2007
Significant Success Towards Saving the Endangered Island Fox
No abstract supplied.

September 27, 2007
Sea Otters in Your Backyard
No abstract supplied.

August 31, 2007
Environmental Assessment Available to Replace Santa Rosa Island Pier
No abstract supplied.

August 28, 2007
Carey Stanton's Santa Cruz Island
No abstract supplied.

August 28, 2007
Santa Cruz Island--Poised for Recovery
The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today the successful completion of a two-year program to eradicate feral pigs from Santa Cruz Island in order to save the endangered island fox and nine rare plants from extinction. This is the second largest project of its kind in the world and a major step toward the ecological restoration of the 96-square-mile island, located 25 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara.

August 03, 2007
Working Together to Protect and Monitor the Ocean
No abstract supplied.

June 27, 2007
Citizen Monitoring in the Marine Reserves Network
No abstract supplied.

June 01, 2007
Humans on the Channel Islands after the Last Ice Age
In the June “From Shore to Sea” lecture, archeologist Dr. Torben Rick will explore some of the earliest archeological sites from the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands have numerous and rich archeological resources with some of the most preserved sites in the world. Rick’s talk explores some of the earliest archeological sites such as Arlington Springs where the oldest human remains in North America, dating over 13,000 years ago, were discovered. Rick will provide some understanding of how ancient peoples first colonized North and South America and how these early mariners lived and thrived in rapidly changing island environments.

May 03, 2007
Bald Eagles Reaching Toward Recovery on the Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

April 27, 2007
First Peregrine Falcon Chicks on Santa Barbara Island in over 50 years
No abstract supplied.

April 13, 2007
Bald Eagles Continue Their Comeback on the Channel Islands
No abstract supplied.

March 30, 2007
Kayakers Rescued After Being Stranded on Santa Cruz Island
This morning at 7:30 a.m. the National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard rescued five kayakers who were stranded on a beach at Valley Anchorage on the south side of Santa Cruz Island.

March 14, 2007
The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island
No abstract supplied.

March 08, 2007
Rare Seabird Now Thriving at the Channel Islands
Biologist Christine Hamilton, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) in Ventura, will be the March speaker for the “From Shore to Sea” lecture series. Her presentation will highlight the natural history of the Xantus’s murrelet and its recovery at the Channel Islands. This species is a rare seabird with a world population of less than 39,000 birds and a very limited breeding distribution, nesting only on the Channel Islands and on islands off the west coast of Baja California, Mexico.

March 06, 2007
Stork Visits Bald Eagles on Santa Cruz Island
No abstract supplied.

February 08, 2007
How the Atmosphere and Ocean Influence Our Weather
No abstract supplied.

January 05, 2007
Island Research Provides Glimpse of Past Global Warming
No abstract supplied.

December 08, 2006
A New Tool for Monitoring Marine Protected Areas
Konstantine Karpov, with California Department of Fish and Game, and Dirk Rosen, with Marine Applied Research and Exploration, will be guest speakers at the December “From Shore to Sea” lecture series sponsored by Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Their presentation highlights how Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) technology is used to survey the marine protected areas (MPAs) in the deeper waters off Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Anacapa Islands.

November 08, 2006
Channel Islands National Park: A Status Report
No abstract supplied.

September 28, 2006
From Shore to Sea Lecture: White Abalone Restoration
Marine biologist Thomas McCormick will be the guest speaker for the October "From Shore to Sea" lecture sponsored by Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. McCormick will focus on the natural history and ecology of white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni), once plentiful in rocky subtidal ocean waters off the west coast of North America including the Channel Islands. In 2001 the white abalone became the first marine invertebrate to be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

July 18, 2006
Bald Eagle Chick Takes Historic First Flight
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, CA - After weeks of practice, the first bald eagle to hatch on the northern Channel Islands in over 50 years took to the air in its first flight on July 14th.

May 25, 2006
Island Welcomes Six New Bald Eagles in Final Reintroduction Effort
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May 22, 2006
Live Bald Eagle Webcam Launches
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May 05, 2006
Bald Eagle Chick Hatches in Second Nest on Santa Cruz Island
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April 03, 2006
Spring Fox Birth Sign of Promise for Recovering Island Ecosystem
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March 27, 2006
Photography Exhibit Honors Park and Sanctuary Anniversary
Channel Islands National Park is displaying a special exhibit of 25 photographs taken over the past year as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.

March 17, 2006
Camping Re-Opens on NPS Lands of Santa Cruz Island
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March 16, 2006
Bald Eagles Lay First Egg in 50 Years on the Northern Channel Islands
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February 14, 2006
Santa Barbara Island Closed to Protect Pelicans
Santa Barbara Island will be temporarily closed to public access from February 10, 2006 through May 31, 2006 to protect a breeding population of California Brown Pelican, a species listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

July 29, 2005
Proposed Fee Increases for 2006
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July 29, 2005
Feral Pig Eradication Begins on Park Property on Santa Cruz Island
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau announces a temporary and partial closure will be in effect on National Park Service (NPS) property on Santa Cruz Island to ensure safety during the pig hunt. The closure will occur from November 1, 2005 through March 20, 2006. During this time some day visitation will be allowed at Scorpion Valley and Prisoners Harbor.

July 05, 2005
Record Number of Endangered Island Fox Pups Born
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June 02, 2005
Bald Eagles Return to Historic Home
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May 31, 2005
Kayaker Dies during Holiday Visit to Channel Islands
A fatal incident involving a 26-year-old female kayaker occurred over the Memorial Day holiday offshore of Santa Cruz Island within Channel Islands National Park.

March 15, 2005
Feral Pig Eradication Begins on Santa Cruz Island
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March 01, 2005
A 25-Year Milestone Reached at Channel Islands National Park
This week Channel Islands National Park celebrates its 25th anniversary as our nation’s 40th national park. The five islands and the surrounding one mile of ocean that comprise Channel Islands National Park were designated on March 5th, 1980, when President Jimmy Carter signed Public Law 96-199. In a letter Carter wrote, “These beautiful, fragile islands richly deserve the recognition and protection that park status provides.”

September 01, 2004
Endangered Island Foxes Return to the Wild
Today, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Park Service (NPS) announce the release to the wild of 23 endangered island foxes from their captive rearing facilities on Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands.

September 01, 2004
Chumash Community Returns to Limuw
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July 23, 2004
Bald Eagles Return to the Channel Islands
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July 12, 2004
Endangered Fox Pups Born in the Wild
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June 08, 2004
Endangered Channel Island Fox Pups Born
A joint captive breeding program to restore the four subspecies of endangered island fox has produced 33 pups this spring and is expected to produce more—further boosting the unique species’ population on the northern Channel Islands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Park Service (NPS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced today.

April 16, 2004
Local Citizen Honored as Outstanding National Park Service Volunteer
Ventura County resident David Begun has been selected as the National Park Service (NPS) Pacific West Region recipient of the George B. Hartzog, Jr. award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Begun has been a volunteer naturalist at Channel Islands National Park since 1984. Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau will present this prestigious award at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 20, 2004. This recognition takes place during “National Park Week” and is open to the public at the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor.

April 02, 2004
Dr. Jane Goodall Recognizes Local Students for Their Effort to Save the Channel Islands Fox
A group of Ventura County students will be recognized by world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall for their efforts to save the Channel Islands fox during a presentation at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara on Thursday, April 8th, at 10:00 a.m. These local students formed a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the island fox—S.O.S. (Save our Species). This group is affiliated with the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots global youth program. During the past four years S.O.S. has raised over $10,000 for the island fox, including a $1,000 grant from the Jane Goodall Institute. For three years these S.O.S. students have sponsored the annual Fall Fox Festival with the Santa Barbara Zoo.

March 04, 2004
Channel Islands Fox Listed as Endangered Species
The National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy applauded the federal listing of the Channel Islands fox as an endangered species today and welcomed the additional support and resources the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will now bring to their efforts to restore this unique species.

January 07, 2004
Golden Eagles Continue to Threaten Island Foxes
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau reported today that five of nine Santa Cruz Island foxes released into the wild last November have died, apparently killed by golden eagles.

December 10, 2003
Citizen Heroes Save Lives of Kayakers at Anacapa Island
Today Channel Islands National Park Superintendent recognizes five heroic park visitors for their courageous efforts in saving the lives of two distressed kayakers at Anacapa Island on the evening August 19, 2003. The rescuers, Anne Demma, Mark Duvall, and Henry Shiu, residents of Davis, California, and Carrie and Mark Lane of Carmichael, California, will receive the National Park Service “Citizen Search and Rescue Award” today at 3:00 during a presentation at the UC Davis campus.

May 23, 2003
American Bald Eagles Restored to Santa Cruz Island
Twelve American bald eagles, the symbol of our nation’s freedom and heritage, will be released into the Northern Channel Islands this summer as a step towards reestablishing the historical island population. On Sunday July 20, 2003 at 7:30 a.m. several of the young bald eagles can be seen at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center prior to their trip to Santa Cruz Island. This is the second phase of a five year project to release bald eagles in the northern Channel Islands.

May 21, 2003
Park Restoration Project Results
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau, announces that scientists are finding substantial recovery of rare seabirds and other native wildlife on Anacapa Island following the eradication of rats. Superintendent Galipeau comments, “This project is critical to protecting and restoring the rare and unique wildlife on Anacapa. The National Park Service is dedicated to ensuring a diverse naturally functioning island ecosystem.”

March 24, 2003
Russell Galipeau Selected Superintendent of Channel Islands National Park
Russell Galipeau, a 22-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the new superintendent of Channel Islands National Park with headquarters in Ventura, it was announced today by NPS Regional Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

January 17, 2003
International JASON Project Exploration at Channel Islands National Park Schools Worldwide Study JASON XIV: From Shore to Sea Curriculum
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January 17, 2003
FY 2003 Budget and Annual Performance Plan for Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands National Park Acting Superintendent, Terry Hofstra, today announced that the park’s Annual Performance Plan and documents providing details about the anticipated budget appropriation and fee revenues for FY 2003 are available for public review as required by the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998. Currently, under a Continuing Resolution, Congress has authorized the federal government to continue operating at fiscal year 2002 funding levels until a budget is passed.

September 12, 2002
Final Environmental Impact Statement for Santa Cruz Island Restoration Plan
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent, Tim Setnicka, announces the availability of the Santa Cruz Island Primary Restoration Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement.

December 02, 2001
Island Restoration Project Commences
The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have begun a restoration project to remove invasive black rats on Anacapa Island. Non-native rats are responsible for an estimated 40-60% of bird and reptile extinctions in the world. Rats prey on birds, reptiles, plants, and invertebrates on Anacapa Island. "The purpose of this project is to protect rare seabirds and other native wildlife on the island," said Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Tim J. Setnicka. He notes, "On Anacapa, rats eat the eggs, chicks, and adult Xantus' murrelets, a small seabird whose world-wide distribution is extremely limited."

Did You Know?

1994 pygmy mammoth excavation, Santa Rosa Island

The world's most complete pygmy mammoth specimen was discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 1994. These miniature mammoths, only four to six feet tall, once roamed island grasslands and forests during the Pleistocene.