Frontcountry

Sly as a Fox

Channel Islands National Park As the e-tour continues to head west, we leave the "sky islands" of Southern Arizona for the Channel Islands off the coast of California. This epic series of islands, designated a National Park in 1980, hosts a variety of endemic and fascinating species. As volcanic islands isolated from the mainland, these ecosystems have evolved in such a fashion where unique plants and animals can thrive without heavy competition. One example is the island fox , a distinct fox species that only grows to 12 to 15 inches in height. Although no larger than a house cat, the island...

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