A group of biologists from The Western Section of the Wildlife Society visited Catalina to survey old mines for rare bat species. Last year, the Conservancy completed a project installing gates on mines that contained extant bat colonies or ones that could potentially host bat colonies in the future. These gates prevent disturbance and may allow sensitive bat species like Townsend’s Big-Eared Bat to recolonize the mines. Biologists were able to capture a Townsend’s bat and collect a DNA sample for analysis. This sample will enter a genetic archive of western North American bats, helping researchers understand how bat genetics are changing as populations decline due to disturbance, disease, climate change and habitat loss.
Maintaining the health of Catalina’s wildlife by protecting and restoring the habitats they need to survive is a primary component of the Conservancy's mission.
Join the Conservancy for a spooky night of fun and festivities! Halloween in the Garden is back this year on October 27. We need the help of 40 volunteers to bring this community event to life. Visit the Island and get involved - sign up to volunteer today!
Catalina: The Wild Side
Art Show and Sale
The works of 11 plein air artists will be featured at the Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale on October 21. The event supports the Conservancy’s programs and showcases Catalina’s beauty with over 90 specially created paintings. Get your tickets today!
Catalina Island Symposium
The 2018 Catalina Island Symposium is a day of short presentations by Conservancy biologists, educators and research partners, each followed by an interactive Q & A segment. Learn about the challenges and success of conservation in our unique island environment. Register today!