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Research team finds rare seabird breeding on Catalina's Ship Rock Conservancy Times BY TYLER DVORAK The California Institute of Environmental Studies (CIES) and the Catalina Island Conservancy recently teamed up to explore Ship Rock in search of the Ashy Storm- Petrel, a rare nocturnal seabird, believed to be nesting in the crev- ices. Harry Carter, the team lead- er, and Darrell Whitworth, both of the California Institute of Environmental Studies (CIES) in Davis, CA, and I took an inflat- able boat to the rock. Darrell and I leapt from the boat onto Ship Rock and then carefully climbed its steep sur- faces, without special climbing equipment. We found four nests near the top of the rock, where we could see an adult with an egg or a chick in each crevice, proving the Ashy Storm-Petrel is breeding on Catalina. We spotted two other nests, but we could only see an adult in those. We also an but, at couldn't see if there was egg or chick in those nests this time of year, eggs or chicks likely were present if an adult was present. This was a significant discov- ery for the team because, since 1978, the Ashy Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) has been listed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a "California Bird Species of Special Concern," or at risk of becoming threatened or endan- gered. Ashy Storm-Petrel breeding had not been confirmed on Ship Rock or Catalina - although there were some early, unconfirmed reports of naturalists finding the small seabird's eggs at Catalina in 1903 and 1937. Founded in 1976, CIES is a nonprofit organization dedicated Rare Birds, Page 10 The rare Ashy Storm-Petrel nests in rock crev- ices, returns to breeding islands at night, and feeds far out to sea during the day. Photo by Darrell Whitworth. Obituary John Paul Marin J o h n Paul Marin (Marincovich) 94, of Torrance and Avalon, California, John Paul died on Marin Monday, August 4, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Avalon, son of the late Mike and Mary Marincovich. He was the loving husband of Josette Marin. They were mar- ried 51 years. John split his time between living* on the mainland and Catalina Island all .his life. Catalina was his favorite place in the world. John is a World War II veteran, proudly serving his country in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946. Prior to the war, he attended Pasadena City College where he was proud of playing football and being a teammate to Jackie Robinson. He completed his bachelors degree at Occidental College and masters degree at USC. He became a teacher in the Torrance Unified School District and remained for 40 years before retiring in 1990. He worked Marin, Page 10 NEED A HOME L()AN? DRE: 00698852 NMLS: 249784 CONTACT: BRYAN TAYLOR SPECIALIZING IN: - .... Conventional, FHA and Government Loans Refinance, Rate Reduction and Cash Out Loans 2nd Home Financing, Investment Properties and Harp II Mortgages and Reverse Mortgages DIRECT: 562.756.5559 FAX: 562.920.7465 EMAIL: ' "SERVICE IS MY COMMITMENT" mm Advantage One Home Loans r THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, August 15, 201419