Monday, July 29, 2013

Small Superstars Make a Comeback

In case, like me, you didn't know that there is a species of fox native to the wild, craggy Channel Islands of California, you'll be surprised by two aspects of this post:

1. The island fox (a cute, tiny fox that resembles the gray fox) nearly dropped from the face of the earth 13 years ago. Yet another example of a precarious link in nature, the decline of Channel Island bald eagles (due to DDT exposure) opened a door for golden eagles--and golden eagles had a penchant for foxes. 

2. In the course of a decade, these resilient little foxes have rebounded and now number close to what they did before the eagle crisis. 

Learn more about this sweet success story here

Photo by the National Park Service

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