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Finding Solace on the Open Sea

Laguna Niguel resident Will Schmidt streaked across the Catalina Channel to Dana Point Harbor from Avalon aboard a 14-foot standup paddleboard in less than eight hours last Friday, Sept. 20. If confirmed by the World Paddle Association, his time of 7:47:33 will establish a new...

Eye on Nature: Built to Last, Pelicans Thrive Again

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler Models of tactical precision, squadrons of brown pelicans have become a familiar sight in Laguna and all along the California coastline. They conduct their fish-finding missions gliding just above the waves in lines of three or more birds, or flying...

Bald Eagles Hatching on Catalina

By Nancee Wells, Special to the Independent Once again, the Channel Islands bald eagle chicks are hatching and doing so without human assistance. Today, bald eagles are hatching naturally on four of the Channel Islands, including Catalina Island, which has seven nesting pairs...