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Wildlands at Your Doorstep Approximately 20 miles offLos Angeles's coast and beyond Ava- lon's quaint seaside charm lies the wild and rugged terrain of Cata- lina Island. Volcanic activity on the Pacific Ocean floor formed a chain of islands from which Santa Catalina emerged rocky, arid, and devoid of terrestrial life. Over time and through various means Cata- lina Island was colonized by all manner of flora and fauna, form- ing its own unique ecosystem. It is the mandate of the Catalina Island Conservancy to steward the land, protecting native species and man- aging non-natives like the famed Catalina bison. Nature photogra- phers Marc Muench, Jack Baldelli and Carlos de la Rosa present two perspectives on the land, sea and endemic species of "Catalina: The Wildlands at Your Doorstep." About Marc Muench An internationally renowned landscape photographer, Marc Muench has returned to Catalina Island over the years to explore its shores, canyons, mountain tops, and water to capture the spirit of the island with his camera. With 11 book titles to his name, ESPN Outdoor shows, and numerous magazine, calendar and poster titles to his credit, Muench's style bridges the popular with the ar- tistic. A third generation photog- rapher, Muench's career follows in the family tradition-started by his grandfather Josef Muench and his father David Muench, both celebrated award winning land- scape photographers as well. Marc Muench's most recent exhibition was "Explorations at the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos, Cali- fornia." About Jack BaMelli Jack Baldelli's first photography assignment was for his Riverside Junior High yearbook in 1961. To date, his images have been exhib- ited at the University of Southern California, the California Science Center, Sea World of San Diego, the Natural History Museum of San Diego and the Catalina Island Conservancy. Baldelli's career has taken him around the globe and he has lived overseas for close to 20 years. His numerous trips to the Antarctic continent over the past 21 years have been in various capacities as commercial diver; expedition lecturer, naturalist and zodiac driver; and underwater and topside photographer. Baldelli has been coming to Catalina Island since 1957. Since 2003 he has been a volunteer ranger and pho- tographer for the Catalina Island Conservancy. About Carlos de la Rosa Carlos de la Rosa is a scientist who uses photography to docu- ment his research in the field of natural resources conservation. Looking through a lens became a new way of seeing when he dis- covered a world of tiny creatures under a loupe at the age of 7. This early intellectual curiosity eventually led to a career observ- ing the natural world, in particular aquatic insects. De la Rosa came to the. United States from his native Caracas, Venezuela to complete a Ph.D. in ecology at the Univer- sity of Pittsburgh and went on to discover, explore, and learn about ecosystems in Central America, the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands and other remote wilderness areas in the United States and Europe. As the conservation and edu- cation chief officer with the Catalina Island Conservancy, de la Rosa oversees projects "and programs that delve into natural history, science, and the human context in which conservation takes place. CHAMBER LETTER TO THE EDITOR I am pending these words to re- lay how very much I was delighted to see a bright orange lifeguard tower, along with a smiling face, and friendly greeting from Tim Neville, when I recently arrived on the Island. I have been coming to the Is - land two to three times per week for the past year and seven months for meetings. As .I was walking to my meeting place, and saw the large orange lifeguard tower, I was greeted by Tim's broad smile. I couldn't help but stop and take a few moments to thank him for what had been added to the warmth and welcome of the already peaceful waters and shifting sand of Ava- lon. Tim's presence, broad smile, and the .orange lifeguard tower when arriving on the Island has certainly added another link to look forward-to when de-boarding the Catalina Flyer. Now, as I begin my journey to the meeting place, added joy is in the air from the bright spot created by adding this welcome to visitors. Thank you for adding this bright spot to the Island. I appreciate the efforts put forth to create such a welcome, and have heai'd several other people comment on their gratitude for it, also. Effie M. Rivera, Costa Mesa Tim Neville welcomes visitors at the new informa- tion booth at the Mole. I ,o we have photos of you or i I your friends and family?. I ! Check our facebook page to find outs I I I Contact us at - (310) 510-0500 or 00OLI41n 310.510.0250 310.510.895700x :;: .... = .......................................... ., ............................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... 6 i Friday, August 19, 2011 THE CATALINA ISLANDER