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Thread subject: Foxes on Channel Islands, CA
||08/19/11 01:56 pm
||My granddaughter Kate just returned from a birding trip to the Channel Islands (off the coast from Santa Barbara), where preservationists have been working to protect certain habitats for some time now. She says the foxes have been getting smaller and have no natural enemies there now that the formerly introduced wild pigs have been eliminated. The Island Scrub Jays are bigger now, and they are a darker blue than the mainland scrub jays. She got a pic of a cute little fox: LINK.
||08/19/11 03:28 pm
||I'm pretty sure there is still a big threat from the golden eagles who take them quite easily. There was a picture a few years back of a GE nest with a couple of eaglets and at least 4-5 channel fox carcasses in it, along with several radio collars.
||08/19/11 05:56 pm
||I should have said no four-footed enemies; of course, the eagles are on the islands. Thanks, Mel.
||08/20/11 01:54 pm
||Really cool fox picture Marty. How lucky for Kate. The Channel Islands are heaven. And the foxes are amazing little creatures.
Also, the golden eagles that were predating the foxes have been relocated. They had a program that successfully allowed the biologists to trap and relocate the GOEA's. Now that the BAEA's are back, and thriving, they are the best deterrent to keep them away. They (they being the biologists that work there regularly) do report a stray golden from time to time, but they seem to be passing thru.
They also are seeing more osprey on the islands, and hope to see nesting behavior soon.
I never realized what a horrible effect DDT and DDE had in my own part of the world here in Southern Cal. and didn't know we have the worst contamination deposit in the world, right off my own coast. Sad but true.
I've learned a lot about things from joining this DPOF community. It was someone here who posted a picture of the dude with the bald eagle chick, and that led me to the IWS eagle cams, joined that community and boom, the rest is history!
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