Episode 401: Santa Cruz Island

Original Airdate: 
Monday, October 1, 2012 - Sunday, October 7, 2012
Next Airdate: 
Monday, September 9, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013

Eco Company visits Santa Cruz Island...the largest of the California Channel Islands! Adam & Jordan leave their cell phones behind as they spend 4 days on the island as guests of The Nature Conservancy. The majority of the island is owned by TNC and the rest is part of the National Park Service. There are no cities or communities on the island which is about the same size as Manhattan! The Nature Conservancy's mission is to return the island to its original and native condition after years of environmental abuse by early private owners. Their efforts are working as they rid the island of invasive species and predators not native to the island.

Adam and Jordan meet up with 7 high school students who are spending 4 weeks of their summer on the island as part of TNC's LEAF internship program. It stands for "Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future" and on the first day our crew finds them hiking around the mountain tops looking for Santa Cruz Island Foxes! The fox, which can only be found on some of the Channel Island sand is on the endangered spices list. The LEAF teens work with scientists to capture some foxes, do a heath and dental inspection, and maintain a database that helps estimate the fox population!

The LEAF teens also help to set up hidden cameras in locations around the island to capture images of potential invasive species that are not desirable on the island, and help work to restore the largest wetland area in the channel islands. All in all, Santa Cruz Island is quite an adventure and a good representation of what much of California looked like 150 years ago. It's an adventure Adam and Jordan will never forget.