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2014 - A Year of Discovery and Accomplishments Conservation efforts have continued to be successful throughout the Island. In July wildlife biologists spotted a small colony of storm petrels on Ship Rock a significant find as storm petrels are not known to nest on or near Catalina Island. Also in 2014 new populations of the endangered Santa Cruz Island rock cress and Lyons pygmy daisy were discovered. The April breeding season survey for Scrippss murrelets reported 119 of the rare seabirds on Catalina. A survey of the Islands bat population indicated the presence of eight distinct species including Townsends big-eared bat listed as a California Species of Special Concern. All underscore the importance of the Conservancys mission to protect and maintain the Islands habitat and biological diversity. 2014 also marked the launch of the Conservancys new NatureWorks program a partnership with Avalon School that provides field experience to students and focuses on Island issues like drought and water conservation. Future plans for NatureWorks include building a model for collaboration with school systems and conservation organizations with a particular focus on underserved youth. In November the Conservancy began clearing the site of the future Trailhead Visitor Center. The Trailhead located on Avalons busy Crescent Avenue will be the launching point for trips to Catalinas wild side through hiking camping and Jeep EcoTours. Visitors and residents alike will be able to learn about Catalinas ecology and natural history before setting out to discover all the beauty and enchantment that is Catalina Island. Thanks to the support of members donors staff and volunteers Catalina remains an extraordinary place and at years end the future of the Island and its natural resources looks brighter than ever. Ann M. Muscat Ph.D. President and CEO John Cotton Chair Board of Directors 2