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Channel Islands habitats off California is ecologically important and extremely vulnerable to disturbance.

View from Scorpion Rock of sunset, Scorpion Ranch on Santa Cruz Island, and lone Western Gull.
The California Channel Islands support important habitat for breeding seabirds. The Western Ecological Research Center works with the Channel Islands National Park, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Navy, Bureau of Land Management, and others to conduct research on seabirds and island habitats. Work has focused on understanding the breeding biology and foraging ecology of Cassin’s Auklets, Scripps’s Murrelet, and Ashy Storm-Petrel. Recent studies have been established to inform island restoration targeting invasive vegetation control and native vegetation in an effort to improve native plant communities to benefit habitat conservation for nesting seabirds on islands. Of principle importance is continued support for the Channel Islands National Park, including accommodating research needs, assisting with inventory and monitoring, and providing restoration science.

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