Channel Islands National Park is a central coast wonder and that’s why yesterday we gave away a trip for two to see these islands. While there are eight islands off the coast of California only five of the eight are in the national park. Those islands are Anacapa, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands. They range from as far south as Malibu to as far north as above Goleta and Santa Barbara.
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach often hotel stay packages when you can visit these islands or go whale watching with Islands Packers who have a agreement with the National Parks service to bring visitors out to the islands to explore and see many of the great animal life out there. 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, harbor 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 ever to live on earth. Archeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 10,000 years.
Additional information is provided by Wikipedia.
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