Catalina and the other Channel Islands are often referred to as the “Galapagos of North America” because they harbor a tremendous diversity of plants and animals, including a disproportionately high number of species that are unique to the islands, called endemic species. But these and all island species face a greater risk of extinction because of the unique evolution of island ecosystems.
In this issue of Conservancy Times, our latest publication for the Catalina Island Conservancy, we explore the reasons why island species are at greater risk and what can be done to protect them. We also let readers know about the many opportunities to help protect Catalina Island’s more than 60 endemic species through volunteering, membership and donations. And we help the nonprofit organization highlight its many initiatives to protect and restore this very special place located just an hour by boat from the nation’s second most populous region. Please click here see for yourself.