Natural History of the Channel Islands: Santa Rosa and Eastern Santa Cruz Islands

Course Number: BIOL X431.7


1.5 units

Explore the Scorpion Bay area of Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Islands. Learn about their natural, cultural, and geologic history; endemic species that inhabit the islands; and the conservation challenges facing these islands. Potential sightings may include:

  • the Santa Cruz Island Fox
  • various pelagic bird species
  • local plants
  • whales and other cetaceans
  • a variety of fish
  • pinnipeds

You will also explore Painted Cave by boat, and learn about the natural history of a local resident: the Great White Shark.

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