Chumash Return Ancient Remains to the Channel Islands

Ventura, CA — The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians (Chumash Tribe) has returned the ancient remains of a Native American man who died 10,000 years ago, known as Tuqan Man, to a burial site on San Miguel Island. Tuqan Man was discovered inadvertently in 2005 by archeologists from the University of Oregon who were surveying an archeological site on …

Ancient Sea Cow Fossil Discovered on the Channel Islands

Ventura, CA —A fossil of an extinct species of sea cow was discovered on Santa Rosa Island, a new find for the Channel Islands and conceivably one of the oldest of its kind on the west coast of North America with an estimated age between 20-25 million years ago. Scientists think that the fossilized remains of a skull and partially …

The joys of Nature

The joys of Nature – and life – are often about simple moments. A simple moment, courtesy of San Miguel Island… How often do we stand outside and watch darkness fall? Not often enough… That evening I ate lasagna from a bag and watched the world go dark. The gloaming came on as discreetly as dawn had arrived. Nature feels …

FIND YOUR PARK … and Your Favorite Endangered Species!

May 15 is Endangered Species Day. While a single day is fine excuse for highlighting the need to protect – and sometimes help bring back – the species that share our planet, it’s important to remember that successful protection – and recovery – is the result of painstaking effort undertaken 365 days a year. And there’s no finer example of …

FIND YOUR PARK … the First T of Philantrophy

When we think of philanthropy, we imagine deep pockets, successful dotcom executives and long term endowments.  But there is more to giving than wealth.  Think… time!  That’s right, the first T of philanthropy is the gift of time.  Just ask these young people!    On April 21st the Buena High School Environmental Club was awarded the National Park Service’s prestigious …

Perks of a Park! CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, that is!

Some parks are large and some are small.  Some are steeping in military tradition and some are lessons in patent law… who knew?  But no matter their size or influence, our parks serve us in ways you might never have imagined.  Sure, you can travel to the bottom of a canyon carved over millions of years by the mighty Colorado.  …