Where Is It: From Wikipedia:
The islands within the park extend along the Southern California coast from Point Conception near Santa Barbara to San Pedro, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. Park headquarters and the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center are located in the city of Ventura.
The park consists of 249,354 acres, half of which are under the ocean, and includes the islands of:
San Miguel 9,325 acres
Santa Rosa 52,794 acres
Anacapa 699 acres
Santa Barbara 639 acres
The Birth: Channel Islands National Monument is established and is administered from Sequoia National Park. Chanel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary were established in 1980. The administrative headquarters and visitor’s center was constructed in Ventura in 1982.
It Happened Here: Parts of Mutiny on the Bounty were filmed on San Marcos Island in 1935. The film won the academy award for best picture.
Size: 249,561 acres.
# Visitors: 212,029 in 2013.
Animals: From Wikipedia:
More than 2,000 species of plants and animals can be found within the park. However only three mammals are endemic to the islands, one of which is the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) which is known to carry the sin nombre hantavirus. Spotted Skunk and Channel Islands Fox also are endemic. The Island fence lizard is also endemic to the Channel Islands. Other animals in the park include Island Scrub Jay, harbpor seal, California sea lion, island fox, spotted skunk, island night lizard, barn owl, American kestrel, horned lark and meadowlark 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 on earth.
Choices: The bald eagle population is resurgent in the Park. The first nest in over 50 years was seen in the Park this year. The eagles disappeared in the early ’60s due to the impact of DDT on eagle’s eggs.
Fees: There are no fees to enter the Park.
Staying There: Camp reservations are $15/night.
Contact Info:1901 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001
Visitor Information: (805) 658-5730
Current Issues: The island fox is also recovering from near extinction. The fox has recovered now to 2,500 animals; it had lost 95% of its population in the ’90s.
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
- 1 Tablespoon anchovy paste
- 1/2 cup sour cream
Place the garlic cloves into a blender or food processor; pulse to mince. Add the olives, anchovy paste and sour cream Blend until everything is finely chopped. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add more sour cream as desired
Serve with hot baguettes.
Yield: 1 cup
Inspired by the tapenade served by the Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company in Santa Clarita, CA.
- 3 lbs chicken breasts, skinned and boneless
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 Tablespoon butter
- 2 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1-1//2 cups chicken broth, fat free
- 2 large lemons, zest and juice
- 6 cloves garlic
- 4 oz capers
Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally. Pound each piece lightly until 1/4″ thick.
Beat egg whites with 1 Tablespoon water. Mix flour, garlic powder and garlic salt. Dip chicken breasts in egg white mixture, shake off excess, then dip in flour mixture to coat evenly. Set aside until all pieces are dredged.
Melt butter and olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove to 9″ x 13″ casserole once browned.
Add minced garlic to pan. Saute over low heat 2-3 minutes. Add lemon juice, zest and chicken broth to deglaze pan, scraping up bits from the bottom.
Return chicken to pan. Simmer 5-10 minutes. Remove from pan and return to casserole dish. Sprinkle capers and extra lemon zest on top. Lay thin slices of lemon over chicken. Serve with angel hair pasta.