End of a Successful Spring at Howlands Landing

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The beautiful spring season is now coming to an end- the water is getting warmer and the hills are changing from a luscious green to a dry brown. It is amazing to see the changes that go on from February to March, from April to May, and finally ending in June.

 

The Sun Setting over Howlands Landing

Back in the garden, we have been enjoying sugar snap peas, fava beans, green onions, garlic, carrots, asparagus, lemons, parsley, and lettuces galore. With the help of all our CELP students, volunteers, staff, and chaperones, we have planted all the new seeds in order to begin a delicious summer and fall garden. Basil, tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, zucchini, squash, cilantro, and peppers are all on the horizon to grow, to flourish, and to be enjoyed.

 

Worms making rich compost for our Garden!

Out in the cove of Howland’s Landing, we have also seen some changes in the oceans, mostly temperature-wise. Finally, the bat rays are back! Gliding around, looking as if they’re flying under the sea. We have seen the sandy bottom transform- at first thinking there is nothing there, then seeing shovel-nose guitar fish, round rays, navanax, and bubble snails emerge as you look closer. And, if you’re lucky, swimming alongside those gorgeous and gentle leopard sharks. The kelp forest has been alive and well all season. Sea cucumbers to kiss for seven years of good luck, sea hares to cuddle with, and Garibaldis to pose for your underwater pictures.

 

Navanax

 

Harbor Seals on a Reef Marker outside Two Harbors

This season we’ve had lots of interesting creatures come through our cove, on land, as well. Lots of bison, acorn woodpeckers, ravens, beechy ground squirrels, and Catalina Island foxes have strolled, scampered, and flown through camp.

 

Beechy Ground Squirrel

The spring season is also a time for another type of CELP visitor to come along- the volunteer. The Stop the Spread program has been more than successful this spring. With the help of our new volunteer friends, many fennel plants have seen their doom. Fennel is an invasive plant that has been taking over Catalina Island. I like to compare an invasive plant to some sort of an invader–they take over all the nearby land and do not let native, endemic, or any other plants grow. Howland’s Landing is getting closer and closer to being fennel free- thank you volunteers! We cannot tell you how much we appreciate you coming out to the island and giving up your spring break.

 

Catalina Live Forever

Also a big thank you to all the schools that came out this season, it was a great and memorable time! What have you done since you left the island to be more sustainable?

 

Dolphins Just Outside our Cove

Stay tuned as many of our staff will be returning for the Fall and embarking on the annual Sustainable Living Bike Tour.

 

Catalina Island Camps

If you enjoyed your week out at CELP there is a good chance that you will love our summer camp too! During the summer we offer even more fun adventures- stand up paddle boarding, archery, riflery, powerboat activities, overnights, zip lining, and outdoor cooking, just to name a few. Go to our website to learn more:

 www.catalinaislandcamps.com

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