New Catalina Endemic Species Identified!

In early April, Conservancy staff collaborated with personnel from Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the California Native Plant Society to document rare plants all across the Island with an exciting outcome! The team found and collected a newly described endemic plant species, Cryptantha catalinensisThis annual herb, a segregate of C. wigginsii, has white blooms with a yellow throat and may be referred to as the Catalina popcorn-flower. With this discovery, there are now nine extant endemic plant taxa on Catalina Island. The new endemic species finding is a wonderful example of the Conservancy’s commitment to maintaining viable populations or rare plants in perpetuity and bringing those that are endangered back to non-endangered status. 

This kind of work and collaboration leverages the strengths of all parties, helping the Conservancy to manage the land using the best available information, while giving our organization greater prominence in the scientific community. Congratulations to the Conservation Team and our partners!

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As you begin to plan your summer travels to Catalina, make sure to stop by our Trailhead visitor center in Avalon. The Trailhead is your gateway to Catalina's wildlands where you can get hiking and biking permits, shop our unique selection of retail items or hop on our naturalist-led Eco Tour. The third-floor native plant display garden was recently revitalized with new plantings and permanent identification labels. On the second floor, a new plein air art installation greets visitors to the gallery space with paintings highlighting 50 years of natural beauty and Conservancy land stewardship. Toyon Grill is officially open for the season, so grab an award-winning Prickly Pear margarita or buffalo milk cheesecake and head to the rooftop deck to view the native plant display! Plan your visit today!

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Snakes, amphibians and lizards (otherwise known as herpetofauna) are some of the most understudied wildlife taxa and can be very sensitive to habitat disturbance. In early April, Conservancy staff, interns and partners conducted the first herpetofauna survey on Catalina Island in 18 years! Over 150 individuals from 10 species were detected, including the more elusive Western skinks, garden slender salamander, California Kingsnake, ring-necked snake and two two-striped garter snakes. We hope to make this survey an annual effort, helping biologists better manage herpetofauna species and determine if we have undetected endemic subspecies. Learn more about the fauna of Catalina Island!


The Conservancy and nearly 400 guests celebrated the 26th Annual Conservancy Ball, “A Groovy View Since ’72” on Saturday, April 23, in the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom. The event commemorated 50 years of Conservancy stewardship of Catalina Island and raised more than $760,000 for Conservancy programs such as our vital internship program. There is still time to support, so donate now! We extend a heartfelt thank you to those who joined us, purchased auction items, donated or participated as an individual or corporate sponsor. Save the date for the next Conservancy Ball on April 22, 2023!

We extend a heartfelt thank you to our individual sponsors and corporate partners including Presenting Partner Capital Group Private Client Services and Shaun and Katy Tucker, Food and Wine Partner U.S. Bank, Auction Partner Edison International and Lounge Partner Greater Los Angeles Area Council - BSA/Western Los Angeles Council - BSA. We are grateful to our other Partners including Connolly-Pacific Co.; Aon - Commercial Risk Solutions; California Swimrun; CliftonLarsonAllen; Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP; Avalon Freight Services; and Catalina Express.


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