Channel Islands National Park, California

Channel Islands National Park was established on March 5, 1980 and stretches more than 389 square miles. The park is made up of five islands. There are three of the Channel Islands that are not part of the park. Activities at the park include Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Camping, Hiking, and other outdoor activities. Some of the wildlife on the Island include the Spotted Skunk, the deer mouse, the Channel Islands Fox, and an array of sea life and birds.

Channel Islands National Park Info


Channel Islands National Park

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News

Island Scrub-Jay Influences Native Oak Populations

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Dr. Mario Pesendorfer from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will discuss his research on how the island scrub-jay’s practice of seed-hoarding plays a crucial role in the recovery of island oak habitat.

Research on an Ancient Sea Cow Discovered on the Channel Islands

During a lecture on Thursday, November 8, 2018, Dr. Jonathan Hoffman with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBNMH) will discuss the research plans for a significant sea cow fossil discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 2017.

Ancient Sea Cow Fossil Returns to the Mainland from the Channel Islands

The fossil of an extinct species of sea cow discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 2017 returned to the mainland this week, millions of years after its journey to the island.

Channel Islands National Park Photos

mantisshrimp4Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

mantisshrimp4Nov2-18

I'm normally not a deep diving guy, but in November I get to dive in the area of Anacapa known as "The Pelican Reserve". One of the underwater highlights of this area is that starting at about 80'-90' down past 120' I can reliably find California mantis shrimp hanging out in their burrows.

nudibranch5Nov2-18e

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch5Nov2-18e

On my first attempt to find mantis shrimp at around 100', I got skunked on the stomapods, but scored with this mating pair of Bertch's aeolid nudibranchs. I've only ever come across F. bertschi one other time, so I consider it a rare find at Anacapa Island. I was even able to get one on the black slate stage for some crisp images.

kelpsunburst9Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

kelpsunburst9Nov2-18

I found clear water and some healthy kelp, with sunshine in the sky, and took the opportunity to shoot some kelp forest shots.

kelpsunburst5Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

kelpsunburst5Nov2-18

I found clear water and some healthy kelp, with sunshine in the sky, and took the opportunity to shoot some kelp forest shots.

nudibranch4Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch4Nov2-18

On my first attempt to find mantis shrimp at around 100', I got skunked on the stomapods, but scored with this mating pair of Bertch's aeolid nudibranchs. I've only ever come across F. bertschi one other time, so I consider it a rare find at Anacapa Island. I was even able to get one on the black slate stage for some crisp images.

nudibranch10Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch10Nov2-18

I'm starting so see some of these tiny three-line aeolid nudibranchs again. I love how fat the cerata look on these guys when they're this small.

kelpsunburst8Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

kelpsunburst8Nov2-18

I found clear water and some healthy kelp, with sunshine in the sky, and took the opportunity to shoot some kelp forest shots.

mantisshrimp5Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

mantisshrimp5Nov2-18

I'm normally not a deep diving guy, but in November I get to dive in the area of Anacapa known as "The Pelican Reserve". One of the underwater highlights of this area is that starting at about 80'-90' down past 120' I can reliably find California mantis shrimp hanging out in their burrows.

mantisshrimp3Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

mantisshrimp3Nov2-18

I'm normally not a deep diving guy, but in November I get to dive in the area of Anacapa known as "The Pelican Reserve". One of the underwater highlights of this area is that starting at about 80'-90' down past 120' I can reliably find California mantis shrimp hanging out in their burrows.

nudibranch2Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch2Nov2-18

On my first attempt to find mantis shrimp at around 100', I got skunked on the stomapods, but scored with this mating pair of Bertch's aeolid nudibranchs. I've only ever come across F. bertschi one other time, so I consider it a rare find at Anacapa Island. I was even able to get one on the black slate stage for some crisp images.

nudibranch11Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch11Nov2-18

These Hopkins rose nudibranchs are becoming somewhat common in recent months, but I was particularly proud of the detail I was able to capture on this one.

kelpsunburst7Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

kelpsunburst7Nov2-18

I found clear water and some healthy kelp, with sunshine in the sky, and took the opportunity to shoot some kelp forest shots.

nudibranch5Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch5Nov2-18

On my first attempt to find mantis shrimp at around 100', I got skunked on the stomapods, but scored with this mating pair of Bertch's aeolid nudibranchs. I've only ever come across F. bertschi one other time, so I consider it a rare find at Anacapa Island. I was even able to get one on the black slate stage for some crisp images.

kelpsunburst4Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

kelpsunburst4Nov2-18

I found clear water and some healthy kelp, with sunshine in the sky, and took the opportunity to shoot some kelp forest shots.

nudibranch3Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch3Nov2-18

On my first attempt to find mantis shrimp at around 100', I got skunked on the stomapods, but scored with this mating pair of Bertch's aeolid nudibranchs. I've only ever come across F. bertschi one other time, so I consider it a rare find at Anacapa Island. I was even able to get one on the black slate stage for some crisp images.

kelpsunburst1Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

kelpsunburst1Nov2-18

I found clear water and some healthy kelp, with sunshine in the sky, and took the opportunity to shoot some kelp forest shots.

kelpsunburst3Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

kelpsunburst3Nov2-18

I found clear water and some healthy kelp, with sunshine in the sky, and took the opportunity to shoot some kelp forest shots.

nudibranch13Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch13Nov2-18

These Hopkins rose nudibranchs are becoming somewhat common in recent months, but I was particularly proud of the detail I was able to capture on this one.

fringehead2Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

fringehead2Nov2-18

After a deep dive looking for mantis shrimp, I spent some time decompressing in 20' of water, and enjoying the company of this little guy!

nudibranch6Nov2-18

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch6Nov2-18

On my first attempt to find mantis shrimp at around 100', I got skunked on the stomapods, but scored with this mating pair of Bertch's aeolid nudibranchs. I've only ever come across F. bertschi one other time, so I consider it a rare find at Anacapa Island. I was even able to get one on the black slate stage for some crisp images.