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Encyclopedia > Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands
Image:LocMap_Channel_Islands_National_Park.png
Designation National Park
Location California USA
Nearest Cities Ventura, California and Santa Barbara, California
Coordinates 33°07′ N 119°53′ W (http://kvaleberg.com/extensions/mapsources/index.php?params=33_07_N_119_53_W_)
Area 249,561 acres
1,009.94 km²
Date of Establishment March 5, 1980
Visitation 413,416 (2003)
Governing Body National Park Service
IUCN category II (National Park)

The Channel Islands National Park is a national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean. The islands within the park extend along the southern California coast from Point Conception near Santa Barbara to just north of Los Angeles. Park headquarters and the Robert J. Lagomarsino visitor center are located in the city of Ventura. Location map for Channel Islands National Park, This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This article is about national parks. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... A city is an urban area, differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. ... San Buenaventura (Ventura) is the county seat of Ventura County, California. ... Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, United States. ... This article is about longitude and latitude; see also UTM coordinate system Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (vertically) and longitude (horizontally); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which... This article explains the meaning of area as a physical quantity. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The National Park Service (NPS) is the United States Federal Government agency that deals with all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation properties with various designations. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ... This article is about national parks. ... The eight Channel Islands of California, off the west coast of the United States. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states (four of them use the term commonwealth) which have membership in the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty, in that an... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, United States. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... San Buenaventura (Ventura) is the county seat of Ventura County, California. ...


Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources. It was designated a U.S. National Monument on April 26, 1938 and a National Biosphere Reserve in 1976. It was promoted to a National Park on March 5, 1980. This article discusses national monuments in the context of the United States. ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Over 2,000 species of plants and animals can be found within the park. However only four mammals are endemic to the islands, one of which is the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) which is known to carry the sin nombre hantavirus. Other animals in the park include harbor seals, sea lions, island fox, spotted skunk, island night lizard, barn owls, American kestrels, horned larks and meadowlarks and California brown pelican. One hundred and forty-five of these species are unique to the islands and found nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the endangered blue whale, the largest animal to live on earth. Archeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 10,000 years. In biology, a species is a kind of organism. ... Orders Subclass Monotremata Monotremata Subclass Marsupialia Didelphimorphia Paucituberculata Microbiotheria Dasyuromorphia Peramelemorphia Notoryctemorphia Diprotodontia Subclass Placentalia Xenarthra Dermoptera Desmostylia Scandentia Primates Rodentia Lagomorpha Insectivora Chiroptera Pholidota Carnivora Perissodactyla Artiodactyla Cetacea Afrosoricida Macroscelidea Tubulidentata Hyracoidea Proboscidea Sirenia The mammals are the class of vertebrate animals primarily characterized by the presence of mammary... Species see text Hantavirus is one of the four genera of the family Bunyaviridae. ... Binomial name Phoca vitulina Linnaeus, 1758 Common or Harbour Seals (Phoca vitulina) are true seals of the Northern Hemisphere. ... Genera Eumetopias Zalophus Otaria Neophoca Phocarctos A sea lion rookery at Monterey, California A sea lion is any of several marine mammals of the family Otariidae. ... Binomial name Urocyon littoralis (Baird, 1857) The Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis) is a small fox that is native to six of the eight Channel Islands of California. ... Species Spilogale gracilis Merriam, 1890 Spilogale putorius (Linnaeus, 1758) Spilogale pygmaea Thomas, 1898 The Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius) of the family Mephitidae is smaller and more weasel-like than the striped skunk. ... Binomial name Xantusia riversiana The Island Night Lizard (Xantusia riversiana) is a night lizard native to three of the Channel Islands of California: San Nicolas Island, Santa Barbara Island and San Clemente Island. ... Binomial name Tyto alba (Scopoli, 1769) The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is an owl in the barn owl family Tytonidae. ... Binomial name Falco sparverius Linnaeus, 1758 The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is a small falcon. ... Binomial name Eremophila alpestris (Linnaeus, 1758) The Shore Lark (Eremophila alpestris), called the Horned Lark in North America, breeds across much of North America, northernmost Europe and Asia and in the mountains of southeast Europe. ... Binomial name Sturnella neglecta Audubon, 1844 The Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta, is a medium-sized blackbird, very similar in appearance to the Eastern Meadowlark. ... Binomial name Pelecanus occidentalis Linnaeus, 1766 The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis †) is the smallest (42-54) member of the pelican family. ... Photomontage of plankton organisms Plankton are the weakly swimming but mostly drifting small organisms that inhabit the water column of the ocean, seas, and bodies of freshwater. ... Binomial name Balaenoptera musculus (Linneus, 1758) Blue Whale range The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. ...


The park consists of 390 mi² (1010 km²), half of which are under the ocean, and include the islands of: To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km² and 10,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ...

Even though the islands seem tantalizingly close to the densely populated, southern California coast, their isolation has left them relatively undeveloped. Categories: US geography stubs | Channel Islands of California | Santa Barbara County, California ... Santa Rosa Island Santa Rosa Island is the second largest of the Channel Islands of California at 52,794 acres (21,365 hectares). ... NASA satellite image of Anacapa Island Anacapa Island is a small volcanic island located about 14 miles (23 km) off the coast of Ventura, California, in Ventura County. ... Categories: US geography stubs | Channel Islands of California | Santa Barbara County, California ... NASA satellite image of Santa Cruz Island. ... The Nature Conservancy is an environmental organization, founded in 1951. ...


Visitation

Annual visitation to the park's mainland visitor center is 300,000. Visitation to the islands and waters is low, with about 30,000 visitors traveling to the islands, and another 60,000 who go only into park waters. Although most visitation occurs in the summer, migrating gray whales and spectacular wildflower displays attract visitors in the winter and spring. Autumn is an excellent time to travel to the park, as well as for diving, as the days are usually sunny, with minimal winds and clear ocean water.


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