July 18, 2012. Volunteer maintenance & restoration efforts with REI Santa Barbara employees, Channel Islands Restoration, and the National Park Service, out on Anacapa Island, off the coast of Port Hueneme, Calif. The second smallest of the Channel Islands (Santa Barbara Island off the coast of Los Angeles being the smallest at 639 acres), Anacapa is home to a large population of seabirds including Western gulls, cormorants, and endangered California brown pelican, along with diverse sets of vegetation. The local seabird population's quality of life is steadily improving after the eradication of a black rat infestation and is constantly monitored by NPS staff and volunteer groups. Our party hiked from the Anacapa Island Light on one end of the Island, to Cathedral Cove and Inspiration Point on the other. The sun warmed our backs and the breeze cooled our faces while we eradicated invasive ice plant from specific locations near young seagull families and planted beautiful recently propagated little endangered plants grown on-island. This overall process is part of a NPS restoration act scheduled for 2016 completion, and has led to a noted increase in endangered seabird and native plant populations.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired by our adventures. Get outside, soak up the sun, and better your surroundings!

"A Tune For Jack"
Lemon Jelly

Chris Giordano
Filmed on Canon 7D and GoPro HD Hero.

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