January 13, 2012

Mark and I volunteered again for the Channel Islands National Park over New Year’s, walking the trails on Santa Barbara Island and watching for the return of the pelicans. Although not many have arrived yet, the island is ready for them: After three years of native plant restoration it looks lush and verdant, with yellow coreopsis flowers just starting to bloom.

In December, the Mary A. Crocker Trust awarded “Pelican Dreams” a $10,000 grant, and the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment agreed to match it! We are extremely grateful for this support, even as we seek additional funding. On the wish list is a new, small, high-speed/slow-motion HD camera like the Phantom, with which we could shoot pelican dives from under water, as well as pelicans soaring with surfers at sunset. These images are important in a film whose title includes the word “dreams….”

Judy on Santa Barbara Island

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