Santa Cruz Island Trip Reflections
By Marissa Gravett (06/07/13 23:52:57)
Related animals: Island Fox, Nudibranch, Scrub Jay

We went on a field trip to the Santa Cruz Island a few weekends ago, and I have to say it was one of my favorite weekends of the year. I had always wanted to visit the islands, but I never got to organizing a trip with my friends. It was such an awesome weekend. I really enjoyed being disconnected from technology so that I could better connect with nature. I also enjoyed spending quality time with my fellow classmates. I did not end up doing a project while I was there, but I did pay attention to the objects that animals left behind that symbolized their presence such as foot prints, feathers, and birds nests.

I had two exceptionally memorable experiences while on this field trip. My first was when I was coming out of the bathroom late at night and a fox came up to me. It was probably less than 2 feet away from me. I was so in shock, I didn't even move. It was the cutest thing I had ever seen. Second was when I was snorkeling. I have never been snorkeling in Santa Barbara so I was amazed at how much life there was and how great the visibility was. I saw beautiful kelp forests and awesome snails and a beautiful neon orange and blue nudibranch.

Also, seeing the Scrub Jay was very special. I saw many of their vibrant blue feathers sprinkled over the island ground.

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