The U.S. Navy and The Nature Conservancy joined forces to implement the first ever California Islands Biosecurity staff exchange program, which resulted in the successful deployment of 10 wildlife camera traps on Santa Cruz Island to monitor for invasive mammal introductions.
On October 23, 2017, island managers from the California Islands gathered at Cabrillo National Monument to share experiences and solicit support to advance biosecurity efforts. The daylong workshop involved presentations and discussions, allowing the 15 participants to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities within not only their individual biosecurity programs, but also the interconnected biosecurity work ongoing throughout the California Islands.
Two similar species of invasive shot hole borer have been detected throughout the mainland of southern California, and it’s imperative that we act proactively to prevent their introduction to the California Islands. Protecting the islands from invasive species is a group effort; both island staff and visitors have to do their part to follow the biosecurity guidelines.