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Conservancy Times Y t NEED A HOME L()AN? BY ELIZABETH BAILEY A Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) appears to be like the nearly one million visitors to Catalina every year: It has taken its own vacation on the Island. Often referred to as a Mexican eagle, the Crested Caracara is known to inhabit Mexico and Central and South America as well as Arizona, Texas and Florida in the United States. This tropical falcon took a vacation of sorts on the Channel Islands earlier this year. In addition to Catalina, this island visitor was spotted on Santa Cruz, San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands. Conservancy Director of Conservation and Wildlife Management Julie King said this was the first time a Crested Caracara had been observed on the Channel Islands. It was first spotted in Middle Ranch on April 25th and has even been seen on the golf course in Avalon, it was last seen in Middle Ranch as of September 1st. The Crested Caracara eats insects as well as small and occa- sionally large vertebrates, includ- ing fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. Its vulture- like tendencies include a taste for eggs, carrion or dead animals. Their flat talons allow them to walk and run more easily than other falcons. Other birds to watch for on the Island include the Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), a small cardinal-like bird, which appears on Catalina in greatest numbers in the Spring. When the DRE: 00698852 NMLS: 249784 CONTACT: BRYAN TAYLOR SPECIALIZING IN: Conventional, FH, Aand Government L~ans Refinance, Rate~e~ucti~n add Cash (~t Loans * 2rid Home Financing, Investment Properties and Harp II Mortgages and Reverse Mortgages DIRECT: 562.756.5559 FAX: 562.920.7465 EMAIL: "SERVICE IS MY COMMITMENT" Advantage One Home Loans LIC #738968 RESIDENTIAL- COMMERCIAL" INDUSTRIAL GENERATOR SALES & INSTALLATION Repairs / New CoAst / Remodel / Tenant Improvement AVAL0N 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-829-5007 males dart through the air, they can appear like a dancing flame. The male color patterns are con- sistent with yellow bodies, black wings and a flame-like orange head. The females have a yellow- green plumage. These are beauti- ful birds that come to Catalina during migratiop a stopover point where they capitalize on the scrub oaks and other habitats found here. They primarily eat insects and you can find them foraging methodically along branches and leaves of trees. While most red WWW.IVCATALINA.COM At left: The Crested Caracara was spotted for the first time on the Channel Islands this year, including this sighting at Catalina's Middle Ranch. The Crested Caracara is known to inhabit Mexico and Central and South America as well as Arizona, Texas and Florida. Photo by Julie King The Western Tanager, above, a small bird, appears on Catalina during migra- tion. Photo by Tyler Dvorak birds owe their redness to a vari- ety of plant pigments known as carotenoids, the Western Tanager gets its scarlet head feathers from a rare pigment called rhodoxan- thin. Western Tanagers are unable to make this substance in their own bodies, most likely obtaining it from insects in their diet. Western Tanagers' numbers have steadily increased over the last half-century by 1.2 percent per year. Keep an eye out for these fiery birds next Spring. Elizabeth Bailey is the edu- cation program assistant at the Catalina Island Conservancy. For. more information, please visit Foundation gets in gear to give STAFF REPORT The newly-formed Catalina Island Foundation (CIF) is reach- ing out to island community groups with its first call for funding pro- posals. All non-profit groups and organizations working to improve the quality of islandlife may apply. Past recipients of Church Mouse funds are particuladyencouraged to begin the process, though CIF will likely not be able to assistall worthy causes. Still, it is important for such groups to become known to CIF so that they might receive future consideration. Interested parties should email their contact infor- mation to info@catalinaisland- to receive a brief outline of CIF procedures. There is no formal applica- tion process but rather a request that all potential donees submit a one-page letter conforming to CIF's outline. Once CIF's advi- sory committee meets in the fall, those groups under consideration to receive funds will be contacted with additional questions. "Our ideal applicant is a small group with a solid track record of helping to make Catalina Island a better place to live," said CIF spokesman Mike Rivkin. "We are. not looking to support the larger island charities with their own auxiliaries and fund-raising efforts already in place. Rather, our hope is to support the little organiza- tions that do such big work in our community." The Catalina Island Foundation is a "region-of-interest" fund oper- ating under the auspices of The San Diego Foundation. For more information, please visit www.catalinaislandfounda- 8 Friday, September 5, 2014 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER