Presentation Title

Be Our Guest: Santa Rosa Island Photo Point Project

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-41

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

West of Ventura County, is one of the hidden gems of Southern California. Santa Rosa Island is one of the four northern Channel Islands, considered by many to be “North America’s Galapagos.” This is due to the diverse array of flora and fauna such as Blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum) and the Island Fox. Beginning in the 1980s, the National Park Service began to reclaim the Island from the livestock ranching operation that operated on the Island for over a century. The ecosystems on the Island were badly damaged by the cattle and then sheep that dominated the landscape. To conserve and restore the Island, the National Park Service purchased and monitored the delicate ecosystems for changes. CSU Channel Islands maintains a Research Station on the Island in conjunction with the the National Park Service. This project relates the initial results of a systematic monitoring protocol run by the research station. It documents various island ecosystems and the long term change that is occurring, which otherwise might be difficult to see. We use photographs to evaluate and record the restoration of Island ecosystems over time. This method is called “Photo-point analysis.” Researchers photograph important features in the ecosystem at predetermined coordinates. This allows us to compare pictures taken at the same locations several times per year to document ecosystem changes on the Island. With this research, we hope document the long-term rebound of unique ecosystems across the Island. Our project includes creating a database of these photographs, along with geolocation data, to make the photos available to researchers worldwide. We illustrate the methodology we are employing and demonstrate its value to researchers interested in better understanding the Channel Islands.

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Be Our Guest: Santa Rosa Island Photo Point Project

HUB 302-41

West of Ventura County, is one of the hidden gems of Southern California. Santa Rosa Island is one of the four northern Channel Islands, considered by many to be “North America’s Galapagos.” This is due to the diverse array of flora and fauna such as Blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum) and the Island Fox. Beginning in the 1980s, the National Park Service began to reclaim the Island from the livestock ranching operation that operated on the Island for over a century. The ecosystems on the Island were badly damaged by the cattle and then sheep that dominated the landscape. To conserve and restore the Island, the National Park Service purchased and monitored the delicate ecosystems for changes. CSU Channel Islands maintains a Research Station on the Island in conjunction with the the National Park Service. This project relates the initial results of a systematic monitoring protocol run by the research station. It documents various island ecosystems and the long term change that is occurring, which otherwise might be difficult to see. We use photographs to evaluate and record the restoration of Island ecosystems over time. This method is called “Photo-point analysis.” Researchers photograph important features in the ecosystem at predetermined coordinates. This allows us to compare pictures taken at the same locations several times per year to document ecosystem changes on the Island. With this research, we hope document the long-term rebound of unique ecosystems across the Island. Our project includes creating a database of these photographs, along with geolocation data, to make the photos available to researchers worldwide. We illustrate the methodology we are employing and demonstrate its value to researchers interested in better understanding the Channel Islands.