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Catalina Island Conservancy, Avalon

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#6 of 17 in Wildlife in Avalon
Island Wildlife Area
The Catalina Island Conservancy makes it possible for people to experience the renewing power of nature within its 42,000-acre Nature Preserve, of the world's ecological treasures. The Conservancy's Nature Preserve is one of the largest wild areas in Southern California, and includes the region's longest stretch of undeveloped coastline. The Catalina Island Conservancy is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is not associated with The Nature Conservancy.
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  • We actually stumbled into the Catalina Island Conservancy to get our hiking passes (free). I would actually recommend that you do that online, but the Conservancy was nice enough to point us in the ri...  more »
  • The entire family agrees- this was the best thing we did while visiting Catalina for 4 days! We are a family of 5 (3 teens) and we took a 3 hour Jeep eco tour with Scott. What a great tour guide! Scot...  more »
  • Recommend Eco tour if you are into history of native animals, and plants on Catalina Island. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and friendly.  more »
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  • This place is awesome. I come from an environmental sciences background and volunteered with the conservancy for a week through a college volunteering program. It was definitely a highlight of my college career. The conservancy controls a majority (88%) of Catalina Island and all of their area is maintained by staff and volunteers. This work includes invasive species removal, beach and trail clean-up, wildlife population (eg bison) control, and native planting programs. The result is one of the most successful examples of ecosystem management in the United States and one that is definitely worthy of appreciation. They have kept healthy populations of the Catalina Island Fox, bison, and bald eagles which you may be able to spot on a hike around the island. Groups can volunteer with the conservancy and (potentially) stay in their volunteer camp which is located on a picturesque mountainside overlooking Long Beach. If you have a church group, Boy Scout pack, or any sort of group that is interested in volunteering and is not afraid to get their hands dirty, then I highly suggest contacting the conservancy and trying to make an arrangement. The views are amazing. From the two beaches at Shark Harbor, to the Catalina Airport, the rolling hills and steep cliffs, the gnarled hardwood trees, soft grey sand beaches, I could go on and on. This place is well worth the visit. I've added some pictures of things that you might see on a visit. But definitely, absolutely, positively go into conservancy territory. Avalon is cute, but the rest of the island is breathtaking.
  • This is the office of the Conservancy where hikers and bicyclists can get their permits. There are always helpful and knowledgeable staff to serve the public. Maps and logoed clothing are available.
  • We had a great Jeep tour! A beautiful, historic island and an easy going knowledgeable guide (Ron) made for a memorable tour. We enjoyed learning about Catalina's history and conservation efforts, but the highlight of the trip had to be the opportunity to view the conservancy's two rescued eagles! The tour felt a bit pricy, but you can at least feel good knowing that the funds go to further the conservation efforts (which are extensive).
  • they are informative and have lots of Island info
  • The bus driver that took us to the airport was very nice and full of information about his wonderful island he was brought up in. Definitely coming back.

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