October 21, 2014

Art & Poetry Extraordinaire!

Each year the California Coastal Commission hosts an art and poetry contest open to California residents in kindergarten through 12th grades.  And each year the talent and creativity of these young artists and poets is phenomenal!  





This year is no exception and you can see for yourself just how beautiful their work is by visiting the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center on Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor.  On display you'll see over 30 pieces of art and poetry that were selected as winners from 2,331 entries. 

The contest is held annually to encourage youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit of California's coasts and ocean. Through this effort the California Coastal Commission hopes to inspire a greater sense of appreciation and stewardship for these natural places.

Want to be a part of the contest next year?  Visit the California Coastal Commission website for more information!

October 7, 2014

Peregrin Falcons Experience Recovery on the California Channel Islands!

Biologist Dr. Peter Sharpe with the Institute for Wildlife Studies will discuss the recovery of peregrine falcons on the California Channel Islands during the October From Shore to Sea lecture. 

Today, there are at least 45 pairs of peregrine falcons holding territories with successful nests on eight islands following their extirpation in 1955 as a result of the effects of DDT.


Historically, peregrine falcons were common residents on all eight of the California Channel Islands. Their numbers plummeted across much of the northern hemisphere starting in the late 1940s. Banning of DDT and nearly 30 years of effort to recover peregrine falcons are beginning to show spectacular results.
 

Sharpe will give an overview of the history of peregrine falcons on the Channel Islands, including the cause of their disappearance from the islands and efforts made to restore a breeding population. He will summarize the results of the ongoing survey efforts that are helping us better understand their current status.

Sharpe received his PhD in zoology from Colorado State University in 1998. He has been directing the bald eagle restoration program on the Channel Islands for the nonprofit Institute for Wildlife Studies since 1997. Additionally, Sharpe has taken part in the research and management of other species found on the islands, including the island fox, golden eagle, osprey, and loggerhead shrike.

The talk will be held on October 8, 2014. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding marine waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October, and November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.


September 23, 2014

We Love This Project!



Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to marvel at the images captured by award winning environmental photographer Antonio Busiello.  We wrote about his efforts to crowdfund publication of a collection through a Kickstarter campaign and we excitedly watched as  backers committed to the effort.  Unfortunately time expired on the project before it could fund.

But now, Mr Busiello has reinvigorated the project and we are pleased to announce Underwater Colors of the Channel Islands Kickstarter campaign is live again!  

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/channelislandsbook/underwater-colors-of-the-channel-islands-0
By award winning photographers Antonio Busiello and Cesare Naldi Underwater Colors of the Channel Islands is a stunning, limited-edition photography book displaying the colorful and exotic marine life in the waters along the Channel Islands. And this book is more than just gorgeous photography.  Marine biologists Dr. Rachel Cartwright and Dr. Alison Wall, and ecologist Dr. Angela Chapman, have collaborated to provide descriptions and fun facts so readers young and old can learn about these fragile ecosystems.  For a limited time, the book is available exclusively through Kickstarter along with other items unique to the Kickstarter campaign
 


Because a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Channel Islands Park Foundation you can help your favorite National Park while at the same time, explore its beauty and diversity from the comfort of your living room!

Photographed over a period of 3 years Antonio and Cesare captured moments at Anacapa, Santa Cruz, San Clemente, Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina islands. 

We asked Mr Busiello how the book's cover image came to be:

 
"The idea was to show in one single picture the beauty of Anacapa Island above and below the water. It took me many attempts. I needed great visibility, strong sun in the sky and calm water for the reflection of the arch on the ocean surface. After many visits and many failed tries, finally on a beautiful day in October the conditions were perfect!  I jumped in the water and got the shot I had waited so long to capture!"


You can imagine the time and patience needed to compile the imagery for a project like Underwater Colors of the Channel Islands. And now through the power of crowd funding sites like Kickstarter you can be a part of bringing the project to print!  



For more information on the artists visit www.antoniobusiello.com and be sure to explore his Facebook page!







September 22, 2014

A Polar Bear Costume?

Seriously?  A Polar Bear Costume?  Seems there is no end to the stuff that ends up on our local beaches rather than in a proper waste receptacle.  This year the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup was again a great success for our waterways and marine life... over 54,000 volunteers picked up over 576,000 pounds of trash and another 110,000 pounds of recyclables.  

And right here in Ventura Harbor at our very own Harbor Cove Beach Clean Up hosted by Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands Park Foundation, 212 volunteers collected nearly 500 pounds of trash and over 100 pounds of recyclables!

This year there were over 20 cleanup events sponsored throughout Ventura County with 2,785 people participating. Preliminary results show they covered nearly 38 miles of coastline collecting 7,290 pounds of trash and 1,174 pounds of recyclables.  Oh.. and somewhere in Ventura County, one of these amazing volunteers found a polar bear costume!



Not everything collected is so exotic though.  Since 1989, cigarette butts are the top item collected during California Coastal Cleanup Day, accounting for 39% of every debris item ever picked up.  While they may look soft and cotton-like, cigarette filters are made of plastic (cellulose acetate).  Wildlife may eat them causing the animal to choke or starve to death because the plastic isn't digested.  And toxic chemicals leach out of cigarette butts into our waterways—in a study done recently at San Diego State University, the chemicals from just one filtered cigarette butt had the ability to kill half the fish living in a 1-liter container of water.

Read all the stats from the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup here, including the most unusal items found!


September 13, 2014

The Beach Just Flew the White Surrender Bag...


Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State's largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. 

In 2013, over 58,000 volunteers removed almost 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California's beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of these vital California resources.

This year, you can help remove debris from Harbor Cove Beach in Ventura CA!  Join Channel Islands National Park staff and volunteers as we comb this local beach for trash.  We'll meet at the very end of Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor.  Bring a bag or bucket if you want and be sure to use sunblock or wear a hat.  Join us anytime between 9:00 am and noon. 

Vast amounts of plastic debris litter the world's oceans causing all manner of harm, and most of this debris comes from land. Our beaches are collecting spots for trash from city streets and highways. Trash travels - via inland waterways, storm drains, sewers, and on the wind, and eventually ends up on the coast. If not removed, this debris will end up in the ocean. Beach cleanups are a last line of defense - to prevent debris from causing harm to our oceans, to wildlife, to our coastal economies, and even to beach-goers.

For more information on the damage marine debris causes each year and how you can make a difference click here.

June 10, 2014

Colors, Colors and More Glorious colors!


Once in a blue moon or so, something comes along that really knocks your socks off. Watching Felix Baumbartner free fall from space or viewing time-lapse imagery of retreating glaciers, like Columbia and Solheimajokull come to mind. 
And now you can add Underwater Colors of the Channel Islands a soon to be released book by award winning photographers Antonio Busiello and Cesare Naldi to that list!  Underwater Colors of the Channel Islands is a stunning, limited-edition photography book displaying the colorful and exotic marine life in the waters along the Channel Islands. For a limited time, the book is available exclusively through Kickstarter along with other items unique to the Kickstarter campaign


Because a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Channel Islands Park Foundation you can help your favorite National Park while at the same time, explore its beauty and diversity from the comfort of your living room!

Photographed over a period of 3 years Antonio and Cesare captured moments at Anacapa, Santa Cruz, San Clemente, Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina islands. 

We asked Mr Busiello how the book's cover image came to be. 
"The idea was to show in one single picture the beauty of Anacapa Island above and below the water. It took me many attempts. I needed great visibility, strong sun in the sky and calm water for the reflection of the arch on the ocean surface. After many visits and many failed tries, finally on a beautiful day in October the conditions were perfect!  I jumped in the water and got the shot I had waited so long to capture!"

You can imagine the time and patience needed to compile the imagery for a project like Underwater Colors of the Channel Islands. And now through the power of crowd funding sites like Kickstarter you can be a part of bringing the project to print!  



For more information on the artists visit www.antoniobusiello.com


December 11, 2013

How Would YOU Like to See Channel Islands National Park Evolve?

Have an idea to enhance the tide pool experience on West Anacapa Island you never shared?  A vision for hostel type stays in housing on Santa Cruz Island or maybe just a desire for better access to the pinniped rookeries on San Miguel Island?

Well now is your chance to get those ideas in front of the people who are creating a direction for management and use of the park for years to come!  

Channel Islands National Park draft General Management Plan is currently open for comment and the public is encouraged to participate in its final stages.  Over a decade in the making, the plan outlines three options for access and accommodations for each of the five islands that comprise the National Park, with Alternative 3 the preferred option.  

Not everyone will have the time and resources to visit the islands themselves and the park service has taken that into consideration too.  The draft plan includes additions to the mainland visitors center in Ventura as well as enhancements to online programs and web based activities like the underwater webcam and live broadcasts from above and below the ocean.

Something for everyone!


The only thing missing... is your VOICE.  So take a moment to review the plan and if you have a passion for something not included or a concern about something that IS included, exercise your right and comment!

Be sure to comment by January 9, 2014.  Comments may be submitted electronically at the link above or in writing to:

Greg Jarvis, Project Manager
National Park Service
Denver Service Center, Planning
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO 80225