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From: Cindy Lee Duckert (duckert@focol.org)
Date: Sun Jan 19 2003 - 16:10:48 EST


  • Next message: Suzy Hill: "RE: [Channel-talkgeography] dramatic border/boundary photos"


    At 11:04 AM 1/16/2003, you wrote:

    > After watching the first program, I was delighted with the aerial
    >view of the border
    >showing the difference between Mexico and Texas. That picture is worth
    >several hours of
    >explanation.It gave me an idea - find other aerials of othe borders to
    >explain culture problems.
    >Suzy Hill



    THere are lots of border issues that are neat with aerial or satellite
    photography. This year I have been using a fence line on one of the
    Channel Islands off California and what a difference it is to see where
    cattle and pigs get at the native vegetation. There is a photo from
    several years ago in National Geographic that shows the
    deforestation/reforestation border between Haiti & Domincan Republic that
    is breathtaking. (Do you have access to the Natl Geographic on CD ROM?)





    for the Channel Islands photos/info (and other island ecosystems)
    the photo I am using is from Natinal Parks Magazine, May/June 200 in the
    article A Land Apart by Elizabeth Daerr pp.35-39 the photo is on p.38

        Subject(s): FERAL swine -- California; FOXES -- California; CHANNEL
        Islands National Park (Calif.)
        Source: E Magazine: The Environmental Magazine, Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 12
        Issue 2, p14, 2p, 1c
        Author(s): Graham, Chuck
        Abstract: Reports on the menace brought by feral pigs on the plants
        and animals in Channel Islands National Park, off the coast of Santa
        Barbara, California. Number of plant and animal species in the
        islands; Impact of feral pigs on the fox populations on Santa Rosa and
        San Miguel, California; Cost of eliminating the pigs in the islands.
        AN: 4121504
        ISSN: 1046-8021
        Lexile: 1210
        Note: This title is not available at the Neenah Public Library.
        Full Text Word Count: 409
        Database: Middle Search Plus

        Section: CURRENTS IN BRIEF

                           PIG-FREE IN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

        The five islands in Channel Islands National Park, off the coast of
        Santa Barbara, California, are a state treasure: Despite such close
        proximity to heavily populated Southern California, they have remained
        relatively undeveloped. There are 2,000 species of plants and animals
        in the park, 145 of them unique to the islands.

        But now a squatly menace has them all under siege. Feral pigs, brought
        to the archipelago in 1853, are the only holdovers from the islands'
        ranching days, which ended in 1990. Herds of cattle, horses and sheep
        have also left their mark on the chain, but the four-legged
        rototillers on Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the islets, have had
        the greatest impact--even on neighboring Santa Rosa and San Miguel,
        where there are no pigs.

        "We want to be pig-free," proclaims Diane Divine of The Nature
        Conservancy. Approximately 4,000 pigs are rooting up endemic flora
        like the island oaks and manzanita groves, and they've also lured
        mainland-based golden eagles, which have in turn discovered that the
        endemic island fox is as easy a kill as a piglet. "Golden eagles are
        making day trips over to the islands," says Tim Coonan, terrestrial
        biologist for the park service. "They're decimating the fox
        populations on Santa Rosa and San Miguel."

        The feral pig population will be hunted until they've been extirpated.
        Nearby Santa Rosa Island took a year and a half, from 1991 to 1992, to
        eradicate its pigs. Eliminating them from the entire park will cost an
        estimated $1 million.

        Kate Faulkner, chief of resource management for the Channel Islands
        National Park, says the Santa Rosa pigs were wiped out with a force of
        gun-toting wildlife biologists; a similar method may be used on Santa
        Cruz. Stephanie Boyles, a wildlife biologist representing the People
        for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), says that the group
        hasn't taken a position on the Channel Islands plan, but has opposed
        Nature Conservancy eradication efforts when they involve the use of
        painful snares.

        Years of overgrazing have taken a toll on the fragile native
        ecosystem, but there is hope in reclaiming the islands. "I feel we've
        gone from an era of ranching to an era of restoration," says Faulkner.
        CONTACT: Channel Islands National Park, (805)658-5711,

        PHOTO (COLOR): The once-pristine Channel Islands are under attack from
        a non-native population of feral pigs (right).


        By Chuck Graham

        Copyright of E Magazine: The Environmental Magazine is the property of
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        Source: E Magazine: The Environmental Magazine, Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 12
        Issue 2, p14, 2p, 1c.
        Item Number: 4121504

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    Cindy Lee Duckert, duckert@focol.org



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