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Forest Ecosystems Impacted By Climate Change
2012-11-29 12:04:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Off the southern coast of California, the fog rolls in over Santa Cruz Island coating the needles of the Bishop pines with moisture. Water drops form on the needles and roll down to fall to the forest floor, happening over and over on every needle of every tree. The forest ecosystem depends on this fog drip to stay alive. Bishop pines are thought to have proliferated all along the West Coast of the US and Mexico thousands of years...

2011-10-27 18:00:00

The Conservancy Identifies Top Nature Resurgences Arlington, VA (PRWEB) October 27, 2011 Decades ago, few would have predicted that bald eagles would be a common sight over the Potomac River in the 21st Century. But as The Nature Conservancy celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, eagles are among the top 10 success stories of modern conservation, as identified by Conservancy scientists in a new report. âœNature is resilient,â said M. Sanjayan, lead...

2011-05-09 12:26:27

As the world's leading authority on beads manufactured from shells by California's Chumash Indians, UCLA archaeologist Jeanne Arnold was stumped by a series of anomalous artifacts excavated at former settlements on the Channel Islands. Pierced with more than one hole, often at unconventional angles or too close to the edges, the oddly configured multi-hole beads differ considerably from the smooth, round, precisely drilled beauties that served as currency among the Chumash prior to the...

2011-02-23 04:00:00

Win an Island Adventure with The Nature Conservancy SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Nature Conservancy's successful island restoration and innovative conservation practices have inspired countless scientists and conservationists around the world. And now, Santa Cruz Island has motivated novelists as well. Best-selling author T.C. Boyle--author of such works as The Women, The Tortilla Curtain, and A Friend of the Earth--has written a new novel principally set on...

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2009-04-26 06:55:00

Webcam viewers of the only bald eagle nest on Santa Cruz Island are mourning the deaths of two bald eagle chicks that died only days after hatching, The Associated Press reported. Nature lovers across the country were given the chance to witness the re-growth of the declining bald eagle population on a set of islands off the Ventura County coast, but that excitement lasted only a few days. Webcam viewers posted their sighting experiences on an Internet chat board hosted by the Nature...

2009-01-15 13:15:35

University of California scientists say they may have found a complete mammoth tusk on California's Santa Cruz Island. An archeology graduate student at University of California, Santa Barbara discovered the 4-foot-long tusk along the island's northern shore, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. Researchers hope the discovery will provide insight into the evolution of pygmy mammoths. The report said scientists believe 14-foot-tall mammoths swam out to the Channel Islands nearly 20,000...

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2009-01-14 12:55:00

Researcher reported Tuesday that a complete tusk, believed to belong to a prehistoric mammoth was uncovered on Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast.  If the discovery is confirmed, it would prove that the beasts roamed 62,000-acre Santa Cruz Island more widely than previously thought. A graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, discovered the tusk while working in a canyon on the island's remote north shore earlier this month.  Lotus Vermeer,...

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2005-06-23 21:52:06

AVALON, Calif. (AP) -- Federal and state officials will stop funding a program to reintroduce bald eagles on Santa Catalina Island, but they could restart the project after 2007. Officials representing six environmental agencies made the decision as they determined how to spend $25 million in settlement money over the next five years. A Montrose Chemical Corp. factory near Torrance from 1947 to 1971 flushed the pesticide DDT into Los Angeles County sewers that empty into the ocean off the...

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2005-05-24 07:30:00

LOS ANGELES -- An important program that restored bald eagles to Santa Catalina Island after they were wiped out there 40 years ago is in danger of losing its funding to breeding sites on an island farther north. For nearly two decades, biologists have worked to get the adult eagles on Santa Catalina to reproduce without human assistance after contamination from chemical dumping caused their eggs to weaken and dehydrate. Now, a council that funds the project with money from an...

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2005-05-02 10:55:00

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Norm Macdonald rises each morning with the sun, grabs his .223-caliber rifle and slips into the passenger seat of a tiny, doorless helicopter for another day of shooting pigs. As the chopper skims over rugged terrain, Macdonald scans dozens of simple fence traps he's set up for the thousands of wild swine that have overrun this Southern California island. When there are pigs in the traps - and there always are - Macdonald leans out and pumps two bullets...


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Channel Islands National Park
2013-04-18 12:25:35

Channel Islands National park is located in off the coast of California in the United States. The park holds 249,561 acres and is comprised of five of the eight Channel Islands. The area was designated as a national monument in 1938 and as a National Biosphere Reserve in 1976, but was not designated as a national park until 1980. The park extends from San Pedro to Point Conception, located near Santa Barbara. Half of the entire park consists of ocean water and seventy-six percent of the...

2012-06-14 11:43:54

Symbol: QUPAP2 Group: Dicot Family: Fagaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Shrub Native Status: L48    N Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:CA Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class  ...

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2012-06-15 04:41:51

Symbol: LYFLA Group: Dicot Family: Rosaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   LYFLA4 Lyonothamnus floribundus A. Gray ssp. asplenifolius (Greene) P.H. Raven, orth. var.   fern-leaf Catalina ironwood, Santa Cruz Island ironwood   LYFLA3 Lyonothamnus floribundus A. Gray var. aspleniifolius (Greene) Brandegee   Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:CA...

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  • To take pains; labor assiduously with little progress.
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