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Catalina's bald Thirteen eagles have been identified at six lakes in Southland eagle BY JIM WATSON The legacy of Catalina Island's bald eagle restoration program continues to ripple down through the years as evidenced by the lat- est bald eagle count held Jan. 10 in a number of Southern California locations. The survey, the second bald eagle count of the winter season, resulted in the identification of 13 bald eagles at six different lakes in the mountain areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Catalina's role in the success of the flying raptors stems from early efforts back in the 1980s between the Catalina Island Conservancy and the Institute for Wildlife Studies to reintroduce the birds to Southern California. Before that time, the southerly most nesting pair of bald eagles in California was at Lake County, well north of San Francisco. In 2004, the concept of repopu- lating Southern California with The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. bald eagles literally spread from two adults and one juvenile bald Catalina to the mainland in the eagle were seen in Big Bear. form a Catalina female that turned In addition to the two adults up in the Lake Hemet area where at Lake Hemet, one adult was she paired up with a male already observed at Lake Perris, two in the area. The female had been adults and two juveniles were hatched at the San Francisco Zoo recorded at Lake Silverwood, one in 2000 and was subsequently adult was found at Lake Gregory released on Catalina Island. and two adults were seen at Lake During the survey in January, Arrowhead. Lancers hoopsters are head- in the right direction Boys basketball team makes good start in league competition BY COACH STEVE HALL The Avalon Boys Basketball team has begun league play and the Lancers have gotten off to a good start so far. After dropping a close game to Sage Hill by a score of 47-44 at home in their final preseason game, the Lancers felt ready and prepared going into league competition. Avalon had already played Sage Hill earlier in the year and lost by 33 points. This time was much different, however, and the Lancers showed they are a much improved team. They had a real balanced scoring attack in this game with Julio Hernandez scor- ing 12 points, Danny Jimenez add- ing 11 points, Oscar Bastida con- tributing eight points, while Jose Silva had seven points and Ernesto Gomez scored six points. This was quite a team effort! Then on Friday, Jan 16, the Lancers traveled to Walnut California, to compete against Southlands Christian in their league opener. On Friday, the Lancers jumped out to an early lead and kept it until the 4th quar- ter. Unfortunately they hit a cold spurt and the Eagles got back into the game. However in the end Avalon emerged victorious by a score of 56-49. Danny Jimenez led Avalon with 23 points and four steals. Jose Silva had 11 points and Oscar Bastida added 10 points to the cause. Miguel Bonilla came in to hit two important three point shots. On Saturday, Avalon played much better, but so did Southlands Lancers, Page 7 Among my most asked questions, of the over 18,000 that I have answered since I start- ed being the "Greeter," through the "Chamber of Commerce, are these: • At different times I have overheard people explaining how Catalina is "moored" to the bottom of the ocean. The first answer is that the large palm and euca- lyptus trees were planted on the Island so that their roots can bur- row into the ocean floor. The other was when someone saw the Chuck Liddell Columnist large chain, between the Tuna Club and the Yacht Club, which holds the moorings. The person explained to their friends that this is the chain, connected to the anchor, that reach- • es down to the ocean floor. • A number of times I have had visitors say- ing that they didn't want to turn on their cell phones, as they were afraid that they were going to have to pay International Roaming Charges. • When greeting guests com- ing to the Island, I often let them know that I had a city map, if they wanted one. I have been asked, "Is that the map of here?" My response has been, "As we ran out of maps of Sydney, Australia, I thought that we might as well use the maps of Avalon." • I have been asked, as we have salt water on the Avalon side of the Island, if there is fresh water on the other side. • When asked where the best place was to swim "under" Catalina, I suggested Two Harbors, because that is the nar- rowed part of land. (Courtesy of Bill Bushing). li' Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at or call (310) 510-0500. • Hand-Dipped Strawberries • Espresso Bar • Iced Coffee Drinks • 20 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy • 220 Selections c Guava Cheese Danish • Jalapeno Cheddar Croissant- Raspberry Chocolate Muffin Biroche • Ginger Green Tea Muffin • Lemon Cranberry Muffin • Cherry Turnover ;li;HE CATALINA ISLANDER ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Fridayl January 23,20i5 5