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Rare Birds From page 9 to research, monitoring, conserva- tion and restoration of seabirds, like the Ashy Storm-Petrels, in California and worldwide. Carter, the expert on the Ashy Storm- Petrel, said there are about 10,000 Ashy Storm-Petrels estimated worldwide, and the bird is most- ly found in southern and central California. "A small population of less than 50 nests likely occurs at Catalina," according to Carter. "Now that breeding is known, efforts can be taken to provide protection?' : The Ashy Storm-Petrel also breeds just south of the U.S.- Mexico border, but its popula- tion has been greatly impacted by human-caused changes in breed- ing habitats, as well as by preda- tors, and it has lower reproductive success because of the pesticide, DDT, in the marine food web. In the 1990s, Humboldt State Tyler Dvorak of the Catalina Island Conservancy at work. University's researchers, which included Carter, Whitworth and others, first noted many poten- tial nest crevices with the dis- tinctive smell of storm-petrels at Ship Rock. In 2008, CIES noted an adult Ashy Storm-Petrel in a potential nest crevice but no egg was found. These important clues led to a special survey to finally document breeding. In July 2014, CIES and the Conservancy teamed up to re- When you're in pain, even doing the things you !ve can be daunting. If pain or inlury is slowing you down, help is as close as the physical therapy department at Catalina Island Medical Center. Call today to find out how we can help you. P.O, Box 1563 lOO Falls Canyon Road (31o) 51o-o7oo IslandMedicalCenter www.ClMedicalCenter.org 24 HOUR SERVICE CALLS Beautiful ,o Corsarlo Available for Charter St:inset Cruises Wildlife Cruises Pishh-g Trips Trips to |sthmus Ilstate You're in hands. examine Ship Rock at the time of year when most adult Ashy Storm- Petrels should be incubating eggs. Catalina is a good example of our limited knowledge about this rare species. The Ashy Storm-Petrel lays a single egg in a rock crevice or other cavities on offshore rocks or islands. Adult storm-petrels visit their nests only at night when the birds are difficult to detect. "Long-term monitoring is needed to determine the trends for this small population and more sur- veys are needed elsewhere in its breeding range to find other small populations that have not yet been documented," said Carter. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided not to list the Ashy Storm-Petrel as endangered or threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2011 and 2013. It may reconsider listing the seabird under the ESA in the future if better evidence of decline and significant threats to survival are found?' Since 1978 the Ashy Storm-Petrel has been listed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as at risk of becoming threat- ened or endangered, Some management actions already are underway to help restore Ashy Storm-Petrel popula- tions at other California islands - even without ESA listing. The Montrose Settlements Restoration Program and Channel Islands National Park have been restoring Ashy Storm-Petrels at Santa Cruz Island since 2008. The Luckenbach Trustee Council and USFWS also are plan- ning to restore Ashy Storm-Petrels at the South Farallon Islands in the near future. Iyler Dvorak is a wildlife technician at the Catalina Island Conservancy. For more informa- tion, please visit www.catalinac- onservancy.org Obituary Raymond Walter 'Gunny' Grant: December 13, 1944 - August 1, 2014 Raymond Walter Grant was born on Dec. 13, 1944 in Sacramento, California. He served in the United States Marines and earned the nickname "Gunny" during his service to his country, the United States of America, during the Vietnam War. He received an honorable dis- charge and proudly displayed his service on a well-loved cap daily. Raymond loved Catalina and lived on the Island for more than 30 years. During this Raymond time of his Grant life, he was awarded the title of "Chef Raymond." In fact, he operated several res- Grant, Page 11 LIC #738968, RESIDENTIAL. COMMERCIAL. INDUSTRIAL GENERATOR SALES & INSTALLATION Repairs / New C0nst I Remodel I Tenant Improvement AVALON 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-829-5007 Marin From page 9 weekends and summer breaks in Avalon where he caddied at the golf course, operated harbor patrol boats and captained the famous glass bottom boats. He could tell entertaining stories for hours about the Hollywood stars that visited the island and all the fun he had working on the boats with some of the most interesting personalities in Avalon. Later on, he enjoyed many hours sitting on a bench underneath the big tree at the foot of the Avalon Green Pleasure Pier. Friends and family would sit with him and visitors that happened to take a seat next to him were captivated with all the information he had to offer about Catalina's history. John was recently honored for his military service as one of the Grand Marshalls for Avalon's annual 4th of July parade. He proudly rode the parade route in his decorated golf cart with his son and grandson, The city also recognized John with a proclamation. He was incredibly appreciative of the honor. More than anything else, he enjoyed being with Josette and his fam- ily. His grandson's youth sports activities were special for John and it brought the family together for many years of memorable and quality time. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. John is survived by his wife Josette, son John Marin of San Diego, CA, daughter Jackie Sewell of Carlsbad, CA and grandchil- dren Ryan Sewell, and Alexandra and Michaela Marin. The family expects to hold a private service on their next visit to Avalon. In lieu Of flbwerS; the familyencottt'ages contributions in John's memOry to the Catalina Island Museum. See the guestbook: http://www.green- hillsmortuary.com/obituary/John- Paul-Marin/Torrance- CA/1407281 SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCDtTFR SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE =1' 1'" ' = ' t "e=''' Or design your own experience on a fully equipped vessel with cabin, restroom, and satellite TV OrSrlO cltarters 424.738.oo8o corsariocatalina.com captbevins@corsariocatalina.com 101 Friday, August 15, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER