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Marines and Navy to Bring Equipment to Catalina Island for Airport in Sky Runway Repair Project Innovative Partnership with Catalina Island Conservancy to Benefit the Nonprofit Organization and Troops
LONG BEACH – (December 10, 2018) – The U.S. Marines and Navy will bring approximately 500 tons of equipment and tools to Catalina Island the week of December 17 to prepare for the January arrival of over 100 Marines and Navy Seabees who will repair the aging main runway at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Airport in the Sky. Read More!

8th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale Draws Art Fans - Sale of Works of 11 Nationally Recognized Plein Air Painters Grossed Over $190,000
NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Art lovers filled the second-floor ballroom of the newly completed Newport Harbor Yacht Club on Sunday, October 22, for the Catalina Island Conservancy’s annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, where they admired and purchased the works of the 11 nationally recognized plein air artists who showcased their interpretations of Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy to Bring U.S. Marines to Catalina to Repair Airport Runway and Provide Strategic Training Opportunity - Airport in the Sky to Remain Open during Construction
LONG BEACH – (October 30, 2018) – The Catalina Island Conservancy, one of California’s oldest and largest land trusts, is proud to announce an innovative partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps to bring troops to Catalina to repair the aging main runway at the Island’s only airport and allow for strategic training of Marines. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy’s- 8th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale Returns to Newport Harbor Yacht Club on Oct. 21 Nationally Recognized Plein Air Painters Support the Conservancy’s Programs
NEWPORT BEACH – The works of 11 nationally recognized plein air artists will be featured on October 21 at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s 8th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale. The event supports the Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs and showcases Catalina Island’s beauty with over 90 specially created paintings. Read More!

Catalina Island Fox Pup Found Alone, Reunited with Mom Two Weeks Later Catalina Island Conservancy Shares Conservation Success Story

AVALON - The Catalina Island Conservancy successfully reunited a Catalina Island fox pup with her mother after nearly two weeks of separation. This success story was both heartwarming and exciting since a successful reintroduction requires extensive knowledge and care. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Celebrated its 23rd Annual Ball Sellout Crowd Enjoyed an “Adventurous” Event at the Avalon  Casino Ballroom
AVALON – The Catalina Island Conservancy and nearly 500 guests celebrated the 23rd Annual Conservancy Ball on Saturday, April 14, in the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Hosts International Visitors through the U.S. Department of State
AVALON - Catalina Island expanded its worldview last month when a group of 20 professionals from countries all over the globe to learn about environment protection and biodiversity conservation. Read More!

Celebrate “Your Adventure Begins Here” at the 23rd Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball April 14 at the Avalon Casino Ballroom
AVALON – Please join the Catalina Island Conservancy at its 23rd Annual Conservancy Ball on April 14 at the historic Avalon                     Casino Ballroom. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Receives a Generous Community Grant Funding Helps Install Energy Efficiencies
in The Trailhead Visitor Center in Avalon
AVALON –Edison International made a very generous community grant of $100,000 to the Catalina
Island Conservancy to help the nonprofit organization install HVAC controls and energy saving management
tools in the new Trailhead Visitor Center building in  Avalon, the Conservancy announced today. The tools will
be linked to a kiosk that will enable the public to see the actual real time energy and water usage of the building. Read More!

Toyota Donates 10 Scion iQ EV Vehicles to The Catalina Island Conservancy Generous Gift Will Help Meet the 
Organization’s  Transportation Needs and Protect the Island’s Environment. 
AVALON – Toyota Motor Sales, USA made a very generous donation of 10 Toyota Scion iQ electric vehicles to 
the Catalina Island Conservancy for the nonprofit organization to use in transporting staff and visitors on the
Island. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Receives $250,000 Grant from Andeavor Company Supports NatureWorks Kids in Nature Program  AVALON – The Catalina Island Conservancy announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from Andeavor to support its NatureWorks program, an innovative partnership with the Long Beach United School District that offers students strong academic and field experiences on Catalina. The program helps students see firsthand how they could work in ecotourism, conservation or other fields requiring STEM-related skills. Read More! 

Catalina Island Conservancy Joins #GivingTuesday Opportunity to Start the Holiday Giving Season by Supporting the Conservancy
LONG BEACH – Catalina Island Conservancy is joining #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Names New Director of Conservation Frank Galea Brings 30 years of Experience to the Job
AVALON – The Catalina Island Conservancy today announced the appointment of a new director of conservation, Frank Galea, who has 30 years of conservation experience as a wildlife biologist in Northern California. In his new position, Galea will supervise the Conservancy’s conservation staff and programs to help the nonprofit organization fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring Catalina Island. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Celebrates the Completion of Trekking Catalina-Partners with REI and Brouwerij West to Host Celebration in San Pedro
LONG BEACH – Catalina Island Conservancy is celebrating the completion of Trekking Catalina, a new master trails system that includes 27 miles of new and enhanced hiking trails and is the biggest addition to the Catalina trails system since the completion of the Trans-Catalina Trail in 2009. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Focuses on Restoring Island by Saving Endangered Species and Removing Invasive Ones
AVALON – Trekking through Catalina’s canyons, his eyes trained on the ground, Peter Dixon is on a quest. The Catalina Island Conservancy’s plant conservation manager is searching for one of 32 rare or endangered plants on Catalina, a tiny flowering annual known as the Thread-leaf rock cress (Sibara filifolia). Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Celebrated its 22nd Annual Ball by “Taking Flight” Sellout Crowd Enjoyed an Elegant Event at the Avalon Casino Ballroom
AVALON – The Catalina Island Conservancy and more than 500 guests celebrated “Taking Flight” at the 22nd Annual Conservancy Ball on Saturday, April 1, in the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom. Read More!

Celebrate “Taking Flight” at the 22nd Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball
Reserve Your Seats Now for the April 1 “Event of the Year” at the Avalon Casino Ballroom
AVALON – Please join the Catalina Island Conservancy as it celebrates “Taking Flight” at its 22nd Annual Conservancy Ball on April 1, at the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom. Read More!

Catalina Island Marathon Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Runners will tackle the Scenic Island Course on March 11
AVALON – The Catalina Island Marathon, California’s oldest trail marathon, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on March 11 when runners arrive on the Island to once again tackle one of country’s most scenic courses across the rugged wildlands stewarded by the Catalina Island Conservancy. Read More!

Course Catalina Educates Future Scientists
AVALON –The youngsters eagerly hiked nearly three miles roundtrip to Catalina’s Ben Weston Beach, frequently stopping on the trail to ask about plants and bugs and how they fit into the Island’s ecosystem. Read More!

A Lifetime of Catalina Memories Fuels Interest
In Catalina Island Conservancy Membership
AVALON – Seymour Beek has a lifetime of Catalina Island memories. He first came to the Island at the age of five with his father, who owned the historic Balboa Island Ferry that transports vehicles and passengers between Newport Beach and the popular island getaway. Read More!

Vacationing and Volunteering Go Together with the Catalina Island Conservancy
AVALON – Weed whacking, road patching and trail building don’t sound like fun vacation activities. But they are for Phillip Dukes, a high school teacher from Tucson who volunteers to spend his vacations performing these tasks and much more for the Catalina Island Conservancy. Read More!

Suzy Gardner Joins Catalina Island Conservancy
New Chief Development Officer Will Combine Passion and Profession
AVALON – Bringing extensive experience in business and nonprofit organizations, Suzy Gardner joined the Catalina Island Conservancy today as its new chief development officer. She will oversee the nonprofit organization’s fundraising, communications, marketing and membership programs as well as its events and other development functions. Read More!

Halloween in the Garden is Big Success
More than 600 attended Catalina Island Conservancy Celebration
AVALON – More than 600 members of the Catalina Island community joined the Catalina Island Conservancy in celebrating Halloween in the Garden with food, games, contests and environmental education. Read More!

CATALINA CONSERVANCY ASKS “WILL YOU GO OUT WITH US?”
Join Us for Our 2nd Annual “Opt Outside” Day
Avalon, CA (November 15, 2016) – The traditional holiday shopping season kicks off later this month, and millions of Americans across the country are expected to flock to malls and shopping centers looking to capitalize on “Black Friday” deals. The Catalina Island Conservancy announced that it will once again be joining outdoor retail giant REI in encouraging the public to forgo their shopping plans and instead “Opt Outside” and enjoy the great outdoors. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Receives Donation from Las Caballeras
AVALON – Las Caballeras, an organization of horsewomen who gather every fall for a six-day vacation with their horses on Catalina, recently presented the Catalina Island Conservancy with a $1,400 donation for the bison, which was from contributions collected during their ride this year on Catalina.Read More!

New Electronic Gate to be Installed at Two Harbors
AVALON – A taller electronic gate is scheduled to be installed at the Two Harbors entrance to Catalina’s wildlands on Friday, weather permitting, to prevent the Island’s deer and iconic bison straying into the campgrounds and other public spaces at Two Harbors. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Announces
Appointment of New Chief Operating Officer
Tim Kielpinski Moves to Catalina, Brings Extensive Experience to Post
AVALON – Tim Kielpinski, a West Point graduate and former Army captain who has managed facilities at both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, recently joined the Catalina Island Conservancy as its new chief operating officer. He replaces Tony Budrovich, who became the Conservancy’s president and CEO in June. Read More!

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Draws Art Fans to Balboa
Works of 10 Nationally Recognized Plein Air Painters Featured Island Scenes
BALBOA – Art lovers crowded the Newport Harbor Yacht Club on Sunday for the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Sixth Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show, where they admired and purchased the works of the 10 nationally recognized plein air artists who showcased their interpretations of Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Celebrates the Launch of Trekking Catalina
Hosts Groundbreaking for New Hiking Trails and Honors Supervisor Don Knabe
AVALON – The Catalina Island Conservancy broke ground Friday on Trekking Catalina, the most extensive enhancement of the organization’s hiking trail network since the 2009 opening of the 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail. Read More!

Join the Catalina Island Conservancy for Halloween in the Garden
Fun for the Whole Family with Farm of Fright presented by the Master of Mayhem Mr. Sean, Garden Treasure Hunt, Crafts and Games
AVALON – Join the Catalina Island Conservancy for a spooktacular event celebrating Halloween in the Garden from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy Hosts Conservation and Education Symposium
Public Invited for Annual Event Featuring Presentations on Catalina Research
LONG BEACH – The Catalina Island Conservancy invites the public to join it for its annual Conservation and Education Symposium on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Hyatt Centric the Pike in Long Beach. Read More!

Catalina Island Conservancy’s Leader Retiring Oct. 7
Looking Back Over the 13 Years Ann M. Muscat, PhD, Served as President and CEO
AVALON – After 13 years as president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy, Ann M. Muscat, PhD, will be retiring on Oct 7. As Ann leaves for her next adventure, we look back at highlights of the Conservancy’s accomplishments during her tenure. Read More!

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Set for Oct. 23
On Oct. 23, the Catalina Island Conservatory will host the Sixth Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, featuring the works of 10 nationally recognized plein air artists who have interpreted Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors. Read More!

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Showcases Plein Air Artists
We introduced you last week to three of the plein air painters who will be featured at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Sixth Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show on Oct. 23. This week, we would like to you to meet three more artists: Kathleen Dunphy, John Cosby and Don Demers. Read More!

Meet the Final Four Artists Participating in Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show
Over the last two weeks, we have introduced you to six of the 10 plein air artists who will be featured at the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show on Oct. 23. This week, please meet four more of the nationally recognized artists who have spent time on the Island creating art for the event: Debra Huse, Kim Lordier, Ron Rencher and Matt Smith. Read More!

6th ANNUAL CATALINA: THE WILD SIDE ART SHOW SET FOR Oct. 23
LONG BEACH – The 6th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show will be Oct. 23 and will feature the paintings of 10 nationally recognized plein air painters, who have interpreted Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors in their works.  Read More!

CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW VISITOS' CENTER
AVALON – The Catalina Island Conservancy celebrated another major milestone in IMAGINE CATALINA, its long-range strategic vision and master plan, with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for its new visitors’ center, The Trailhead. Read More!

CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY BOARD SELECTS TONY BUDROVICH TO REPLACE CEO ANN MUSCAT
Tony Budrovich, who has served as the Catalina Island Conservancy’s chief operating officer for more than a year, will become the organization’s new president and CEO on June 25, replacing Ann M. Muscat, PhD.  Read More!

JOIN THE CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY NOV. 13 FOR A RESEACRCH UPDATE 
The Catalina Ilsand Conservancy will host its annual conservation and education synoposium on friday Nov. 13, in Long beach to provide the public with the latest in formation about ongoing research and surveys of Catalina's geology, archeolgy, Hydrology and more. Read More!

CATALINA ISLAND VOULUNTEERS EXPERIENCE AND ENJOY THE WILD SIDE
Groups and individuals give back and have fun. The Eight young Adults from Americorps Found common purpose during their eight weeks of voulunteering for the Catalina island Conservancy. Read More!

SUCCESS OF WILD SIDE ART SHOW BENEFITS PROGRAMS
More than one hundred people flocked to the 5th Annual Wild Side Art Show and Sale in Balboa. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Conservancy's conservation, education and recreation programs. Read more!

CONSERVANCY REBUILDS STORM-DAMAGED PIER Storm surge from Hurricane Marie destroyed the White's Landing pier in 2014 but access to the popular beach for camping and boaters has been restored. Read more!

WILD SIDE ART SHOW AND SALE SET FOR OCTOBER 25TH
Eight artists will feature their works of Catalina Island. Sales will benefit the continuing work of the Catalina island Conservancy Read more!

SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS RESEARCH
The Catalina Island Conservancy will feature speakers and staff discussing their research and work on the Island. Read more!

PROTECTING ISLAND BAT SPECIES With funding from the Donald Slavik Foundation, Conservancy biologists work towards protecting the Island's bat population. Read more!

CONSERVANCY OFFERS HIKING, BOATING TOURS Hikes on land and tours by sea provide opportunities to get to know Catalina Island better. Read more!

NATURALIST-LED HIKES TO BE OFFERED TO SUMMER VISITORS
The Conservancy's Summer Naturalists will lead hikes on the Garden to Sky Trail from the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden through the Summer months. Read more!

100TH BALD EAGLE CHICK TO BE BANDED
The banding of the 100th bald eagle chick to be hatched in the Channel Islands will be seen live at 10 a.m. on the West End Bald Eagle webcam on May 28, 2015. Read more!

WILD SIDE SALON TO FEATURE NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTISTS
Renowned plein air artists Jeff Horn and Michael Obermeyer will display and discuss their works on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Avalon. Read more!

CEO ANNOUNCES PLANNED RETIREMENT
Catalina Island Conservancy Presidet/CEO Ann Muscat announced her plans to retire in 2016. Read more!

20th ANNUAL CONSERVANCY BALL ELEGANT FUN WHILE SUPPORTING CONSERVANCY MISSION
Held April 11th in the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom, the 20th Annual Conservancy Ball was a fun-filled evening for more than 400 people. Read more!

CONSERVANCY WORKING TO THWART CURRENT
 DANGER TO ISLAND FOX POPULATION Minimizing dangers and creating public awareness about human/fox interactions help protect the endangered animals. Read more!


THIS YEAR MARKS THE CONSERVANCY'S 20TH CONSERVANCY BALL  
Celebrating with the theme "Leapin' Lizards! An Emerald Celebration"  in the historic Casino Ballroom, the occasion promises to be a fun-filled evening. Read more!

VOLUNTEERING IS ONE WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE ISLAND'S WILDLANDS    
The Catalina Island Conservancy has many opportunities to give back while enjoyng the best of the Island. Read more!

HIKE HONORING WORLD-CLASS SAILOR BZ JONES SET FOR MARCH 28TH  
This 12-mile cross-Catalina trek raises funds for the Conservancy, a favored cause of the adventuresome and philanthropic sea-farer. Read more!

CONSERVATION & EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM SLATED FOR NOVEMBER 14th The public is invited to hear the latest research updates concerning the Islands plants, animals and culture. Read more!

CONSERVANCY RECEIVES W.M. KECK FOUNDATION GRANT
$200,000 grant will provide scientific learning to Avalon students through the NatureWorks program. Read more!

ARTISTS CAPTURE CATALINA IN WILD SIDE ART SHOW  Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Balboa hosts 10 nationally recognized plein air artists October 26, 2014. Read more!

RARE SEABIRD FOUND BREEDING ON CATALINA ISLAND  Research team finds nests of the Ashy Storm-Petrel discovered at Ship's Rock. Read more!

COLLEGE STUDENTS BECOME SUMMER NATURALISTS
  The Conservancy sponsored four college students from across the country to become ambassadors for the Conservancy and Catalina Island. Read more!

SPRING IS THE PERFECT TIME TO HIKE ON CATALINA ISLAND
 The Conservancy's 80 miles of trails beckon novice and veteran hikers alike as Spring paints the hills and valleys anew. Read more!

BALD EAGLE RECOVERY CONTINUES AS CHICKS BEGIN TO FLEDGE Eagle cams show five young birds preparing to leave the nest thanks to the work of the Institute for Wildlife Studies. Read more!

MORE THAN 400 ATTEND 19TH ANNUAL CONSERVANCY BALL The historic Avalon Casino was the venue for the annual event celebrating and supporting  the work of the Catalina Island Conservancy. Read more!

EAGLE CAM OFFERS PEAK AT NESTING BIRDS  The work of the Institute for Wildlife Studies and the Catalina Island Conservancy with bald eagle restoration pays off for delighted bird watchers. Read more!

CATALINA'S STORIED COVES ARE THE THEME OF THE 19TH ANNUAL CATALINA iSLAND CONSERVANCY BALL 
 The Conservancy celebrates the many unique and historic coves and inlets that make up its rugged coastline. Read more!

CONERVANCY OFFERS FUN AND INTERESTING ACTIVITIES ON ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S PREMIRE ISLAND DESTINATIONS.  
Visitors to Catalina can explore and experience the Conservancy 's 42,000 acres of wildlands in a myriad of ways. Read more! 

NEW GENERATIONS LEARN ABOUT CONSERVATION 
The Conservancy's Ackerman Native Plant Nursery introduces students and others to the work of conservation. Read more!

CATALINA ISLAND FOX NUMBERS RISE AGAIN  
Annual census indicates the Catalina Island Conservancy's Fox Recovery Program continues its success.  Read more!


VOLUNTEER DIVERS COLLECT TONS OF DEBRIS FROM AVALON HARBOR  Some 479 divers from California and other western states volunteered for the 33rd Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Read more!

CATALINA ISLAND GIANTS AND DWARFS   Why are some Island animals considerably larger than their mainland kin?  Why are some so much smaller than their city cousins? Read more!

ACKERMAN NATIVE PLANT NURSERY: SEED CONSERVATION
In addition to housing 2,320 seed-collection records, this Catalina Island nursery stores A LOT of seeds for native plants and endangered species. How much is a lot?   Read more!



TRAPDOOR SPIDERS NEED TO GET OUT-OF-DOORS MORE
Maintenance and restoration of habitat is the best way to manage healthy populations of this long-lived, stay-at-home spider.  Read more!


CATALINA RATTLER COULD BE OWN SUBSPECIES The Catalina Island version of the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake has enough differences from its mainland brethren that researchers may soon name it a separate subspecies. Read more!


STUDY FINDS CATALINA ISALND CONSERVANCY CONTRACEPTION PROGRAM EFFECTIVELY MANAGES BISON POPULATION Study shows significant drop in calving rates helping to maintain a healthy wild herd while preserving long-term ecological benefits to other species. Read more!



WINTER RAINS IMPORTANT ON CATALINA The Island's wet winters and dry summers makes Catalina more like a Mediterranean island than a desert island. The dependence of plant and animal life on the amount of rainfall is critical. Read more!


READING THE LANDSCAPE Naturalists and others find observation is key to understanding and discovery on Catalina Island. Read more!


EAGLES NEST LODGE TO BE REBORN The rehabilitation of historic Eagles Nest Lodge is set to begin in 2014. At risk from flooding and water damage, it has been closed since 1995. The project is expected to be complete in 2015. Read more!


FOX POPULATION STABLE FOR SECOND YEAR  The federally endangered Catalina Island fox population has reached a new milestone say Conservancy biologists. Read more!
 

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