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Island Fox Podcast: Extras
Here you will find intriguing extras: segments our producers weren't able to fit into a five-minute podcast as well as images, interesting facts and ways to get involved or in touch with biodiversity wherever you live.
Reporter Molly Samuel and Clay Downing from the Nature Conservancy take a walk around Santa Cruz Island, which is one of the Channel Islands - about 20 miles off the coast of Southern California.
Clay Downing explains why you just might see an island fox.
Molly and Clay take a look at a grove of Santa Cruz Island Ironwoods- an endemic species found on Santa Cruz Island.
Images and video courtesy of Molly Samuel. See more images and learn more about the Channel Islands on her blog.
The island fox is the smallest canid—mammals in the dog family—in the United States, about two-thirds the size of its gray fox ancestor, Urocyon cinereoargenteus. Learn more
Island foxes are omnivores, feasting on such island flora as saltbush, sea-figs, and prickly pear cactus, as well as deer mice, snails, lizards, insects, and frogs.Learn more
The first peoples of the Channel Islands, the Chumash, had a close relationship with the island fox. They used its fur for quivers, capes, blankets, and headdresses for ceremonial dances. The Chumash viewed the fox as a totem and dream-helper, and it figures prominently in their legends. Fox bones recovered from burial sites on the Channel Islands suggest the foxes had some religious importance. Learn more
You can read an interview with Nature Conservancy Project Director for Santa Cruz Island Lotus Vermeer and view a slideshow about the island fox here.