|View of Middle and West Anacapa from East Anacapa Island and, in the distance, Santa Cruz Island|
It was actually yesterday that I went to Anacapa Island. As a part of my continuing training to be a Channel Islands volunteer naturalist, I observed what leading a hike there entails. (Observed is not quite the right word since I still had to climb the 157 steps from the boat to get there.)
|Gull describing motherhood (of course it could be a male since they look alike)|
|Mother's Day bouquet (Giant coreopsis, endemic to the Channel Islands)|
|Fancy nest with a little shade|
|Every white speck in this photo is a gull|
In the next few weeks the island will be hopping with tiny puffball hatchlings and the gulls will be even more raucous as they protect their chicks.