Astronomy on Catalina Island

Astronomy on Catalina Island

Everyone can remember their first time looking up at the sky on a beautiful clear night with stars covering the all you can see. Many people never really get to experience this living in cities with large lights blocking everything up in the sky...

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Freshen Up with Coastal Sagebrush

Freshen Up with Coastal Sagebrush

Hiking is no easy feat! Have you ever gotten to that point when you’ve been hiking along the island and realized you smelled horrible? Next time grab some coastal sage to help freshen up! Native to Catalina coastal sage, Artemisia californica, is...

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The Nitrogen Cycle

The Nitrogen Cycle

The Nitrogen Cycle is an essential building block of life. Living organisms need nitrogen to develop the proteins that form the structures of their cells. Nitrogen is also all around us, with nitrogen gas making up nearly 80% of the Earth’s...

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California Spiny Lobster

California Spiny Lobster

The California Spiny Lobster (Panularis interuptus) is one of the many Crustaceans found around Catalina Island. The maximum size of these lobsters is to about 3 feet in length and up to 30 pounds! These lobsters also differ from the Atlantic...

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Catalina Quail: Endemic & Entertaining

Catalina Quail: Endemic & Entertaining

The Catalina California Quail (Callipepla californica catalinensis) are endemic to the Channel Islands, meaning they are only found here! With their round bodies and curled plume protruding from their heads, they are both adorable and intriguing...

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Endangered to Enduring: Catalina Fox

Endangered to Enduring: Catalina Fox

The Catalina Island Fox is an endemic species to Catalina, meaning it is only found here. Living on an island for many years have caused the Catalina Island Fox to become 25% smaller than its mainland relative, the Grey Fox. This is a common...

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Spring Wildflowers on Catalina Island

Spring Wildflowers on Catalina Island

Spring is the season of new growth and blossoming life. Visiting CIMI during the spring feels dreamlike as you walk through the trails flecked with wildflowers of all shapes and sizes. Catalina Island is home to over 400 native plant species, and...

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Sea Cucumbers: The More You Know

Sea Cucumbers: The More You Know

Sea cucumbers are a species of invertebrates under the phylum Echinodermata similar to sea stars and sea urchins. Sea cucumbers live in the benthic zone or ocean floor. They are nocturnal creatures but can be seen in the day as well. Sea cucumber...

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Bison 101 on World Wildlife Day

Bison 101 on World Wildlife Day

Catalina Island is known for its biodiversity and natural beauty both underwater and on land. One creature of particular interest is the American Bison (Bison bison). Have you ever wondered how such a big animal ended up on an island twenty two...

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