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Mobile Nature Station Makes Two Harbors Debut BY BOB RHEIN Beginning this month, sum- mertime boaters and guests to Two Harbors will get an enhanced look at the natural history of Catalina by visiting the Conservancy's new Mobile Nature Station (Nature Sta- tion). This exciting 250-square-foot exhibit is built on a sturdy off road trailer frame, designed to handle all that Catalina's roads can dish out. The Nature Station will be located near the playground on the footpath leading to Catalina Harbor. A brief opening ceremony is scheduled there onThursday, June 21. Frank Hein, director of educa- tion, said the new learning facility is packed and programmed with tons of interesting and entertain- ing content. "You'll find new activities ev- ery day, whether hiking the site of the Banning fire to investigate the post-fire ecology, identifying a special sea shell, figuring out what plants are in bloom in the area, or exploring tide pools with our team, there's always a new discovery waiting for you," Hein said. In addition to its summertime run at Two Harbors, the Nature Station is specifically designed to host any Is- land venue. As its name implies, the Mobile Nature Station is completely portable. "This unit is equipped with heavy duty suspension and tires and ik built with full off-road capabili- ties" said Frank Hein, Directorof Education. "Where ever a four- wheel drive vehicle can go, so can the Mobile Nature Station." "This is a great big Island, and up until now, the Conservancy hasn't had the capacity to deliver our story across all of Catalina," he said. "Now, we do. Whether we're at Two Harbors with our Summer Naturalists, at one of the Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Group Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@cinews.us Editor Dennis Kaiser ed@cinews.us Advertising Pat Jamieson advertising@cinews.us Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi rnanager@cinews.us Accounting Judy Murray j udy@localnewspapers.org BELIEVE BECAUSE IT WORKS 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 [ (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, cA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday i News: 5 p.m. Monday i Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday 1 Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@cinews.us One Year Subscription: Catalina ............. ....: ........................... $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail ate available for $80/year Island's many camps, Front Street, Avalon school, or really, anywhere you can imagine- the Mobile Na- ture Station is ready to roll." In keeping with the Conser- vancy's values, the Nature Station is "green" and sustainable. A 30- watt solar power system powers the station's iPad that is hooked up to a low-power LED screen, which can display one of the many Con- servancy nature videos. "There's more," Hein added, "we can even recharge visitors' cell phones - all on solar power." On the walls of the Mobile Na- ture Station, inside and out, are interpretive panels featuring Cata- lina Island fox, Catalina California ground squirrels, bison, endemic plants, and information about the Conservancy's plants programs and more. "This is a fun, colorful and highly visual exhibit. Stop by, say 'hi' and Comen an adventure with us. We even engineered some clev- er interactivity to the nature sta- tion, as visitors can pose in front of Catalina postcards, and create the illusion of holding a bald eagle on their arm or swimming amidst sea lions," Hein said. Of course, wher- ever the Nature Station is deployed it will also come with trained natu- ralists who will be able to interpret Catalina's ecology and conserva- tion efforts on the Island. 'qaaere will be skulls of .bison deer, squirrels and a replica fox skull so that visitors can grasp the size difference between native Is- land wildlife such as the fox, as compared to an introduced, non-na- tive animal such as the bison" Hein said. "Speaking of bison, we will have ear tags that are used to iden- tify the bison and an unloaded PZP dart so we can show visitors how the Conservancy is managing Island's herd" he added. Hands-on exhibits also include a replica bald eagle egg, and ar- tifacts including soapstone bowls from Catalina's earliest inhabit- ants. The Mobile Nature Station, the first completed portion of the Conservancy's "Imagine Catalina Master Plan," was made possible by generous ddnations from: The Capital Group Companies; the C.M. and Edna R. Cotton Fam- ily Foundation; James and Joyce Brown, Epson America, Inc.; Jan- ice Rutherford Hinds; and Diane Rutherford Wilkinson. A Publication of CommunityMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER [USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377698. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Cat4ina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. NO part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the pablisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 0 2012 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved, PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER P U BLIBH ERS ASSOCIATION Amphibious aircraft flown by Glenn L. Martin. Courtesy photo SPONSORS ANNOUNCED FOR PROPOSED AIRSHOW BY VINCE BODIFORD The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that jt is a supporting sponsor of the first Catalina Airshow, scheduled to take place September 29 and 30, 2012. Supporting sponsors include catalina Island Vacation Rentals, Blanny Haganah, Michael Fields Family, Catalina Island Inn, and Hermosa H0tel. The planned airshow is Avalon's celebration of the 100-year anni- versary of the first cross-channel airplane flight in America, which is when Glenn L. Martin flew in a makeshift amphibious aircraft from Newport Harbor and landed in Avalon Bay. The proposed event is sched- uled to include an airshow of vintage aircraft about 1000-ft off Avalon Bay, along with static aircraft displays and aeronau- tical themed concessions and various vendors along Crescent Street, plus other events to be an- nounced. CATALINA COUPLES: THOMAS SOLORIO AND KERRY ELLEN PONCE Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old; in special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to ed@cinews.us. Weight Watchers is pleased to announce our new meeting location on Catalina Island! Come see what all the excitement is about! Hotel Metropole Catalina 205 Crescent Ave Avalon, CA 90704 Meetings now running: Thursday: 5:3opm "Weigh-in begins a half hour prior to the start of the meeting. For a full schedule at any Weight Watchers location, please visit: www.weightwatchers.com  i= rks mAI dll =lMd 2 i Friday, June 8, 2012 , THE CATALINA ISLANDER