As our wonderful Spring 2013 season comes to an end it looks to be the beginning of an amazing summer. Time flies when you’re having fun and the 12 weeks of this season definitely flew by. Our volunteer groups included hard workers from:
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Virginia),
Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado),
Iowa Energy and Sustainability Academy (Des Moines, Iowa),
CSU San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA),
UC San Diego (San Diego, CA),
UC Irvine (Irvine, CA),
Outward Bound Adventures (Los Angeles, CA),
American Conservation Experience (Santa Cruz, CA),
University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
Together they removed many invasive plants including bridal creeper and fennel, began rebuilding our garden and compost system, and helped beautify our cove.
We saw a rebound in the populations of Catalina Island foxes and bald eagles recovering from devastating dog distemper and DDT poisoning respectively. Winter rains made for a beautiful display of wild flowers including bush sun flowers, owl clovers, and mariposa lilies along our hiking trails. While strong spring currents gave snorkelers once in a life time opportunities to see organisms such as ribbon fish and pelagic snails usually found hundreds of miles from shore. We even had some visits from the famous Catalina Island bison which are normally confined to the east end of the island.
Most of all our school groups had so much fun snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, star gazing, gardening, and exploring our ecosystems they didn’t even realize they were learning important ecological principals and all the while becoming Ambassadors of the Environment. If you’re interested in having your students come out and join in on the fun and learning click on the “Trip Planning” tab above and if you want to have your child come out and enjoy these activities and much more this summer click on the blue ‘Summer Camp” tab to the left. Until then farewell spring 2013 and welcome Summer!!!