Catalina Island Conservancy, Avalon

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#5 of 15 in Wildlife in Avalon
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 took a tour (hummer) from the Catalina Island Tour company and it goes into the conservancy. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. We found a pack of bison and got up very close to them. We ...  more »
  • Our guide/driver Pat was amazing. He was very friendly and concerned with us having a great time. He took us to see bison and eagles and talked about the history of the island. The views were beautifu...  more »
  • This is a fantastic trip. We did the 3 hour jeep tour. It is a great way to see the island. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the island and the events that have happened in years pass. The jeep ...  more »
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  • Love having the trails available and an information center. It was easy to pick up our bike permits and we received valuable information about the cookies at the airport - they are really good. The maps provided for cycling were confusing. And the roads or paths were not well marked. So plan well and enjoy the scenery when it takes you a few extra miles.
  • Great tour of the Catalina back country. Jeep was comfortable. Guide was fantastic. Supports the Catalina Conservatory rather than a commercial interest. The kids, my wife and myself all enjoyed it very much! Recommend!!
  • Friendly, informative, but hiking maps are not that great, could use little more detail
  • 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.
  • Cute little store.......lots of information and friendly staff

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