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Win a Trip with The Nature Conservancy to Santa Cruz Island

Restoration and conversation work on the island inspires new T.C. Boyle book

The Nature Conservancy’s successful island restoration and innovative conservation practices have inspired scientists and conservationists around the world. And now, Santa Cruz Island has motivated novelists as well.

Best-selling author T.C. Boyle has written a new novel principally set on Santa Cruz Island and inspired by the work of scientists with The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service.

The story of Santa Cruz Island — and its incredible return from the brink of ecological collapse — is nothing short of remarkable.

The conservancy has announced a contest to win a trip to this iconic place. Come meet the scientists who are saving Santa Cruz Island and learn more about their work firsthand. You and a guest could win a trip to see animals such as the Island fox that exist nowhere else on Earth and stay overnight at a historic ranch. To enter the contest to win an island adventure, click here or text “TNC” to 5055.

At 96 square miles, Santa Cruz Island is the largest and most biodiverse of California’s eight Channel Islands. It is graced with a nearly 77-mile stretch of California coastline surrounding two mountain ranges that flank a central valley. Often referred to as the “Galapagos of North America,” Santa Cruz Island is home to animals and plants found nowhere else on Earth, including the Island fox and Island scrub-jay.

Boyle was inspired by his own trip to Santa Cruz Island with The Conservancy. Click here to view his interview.

His new book, When the Killing’s Done, tells the fictionalized tale of the island’s restoration. What isn’t fictional is the conscious struggle scientists universally face as they attempt to exert control over the natural world for the good of the whole. This has been a real challenge for The Conservancy’s scientists both personally and professionally on Santa Cruz Island.

“It’s our job to preserve nature, but sometimes that requires making hard choices. There is nothing pleasant about having to kill an animal,” said Lotus Vermeer, The Nature Conservancy’s Santa Cruz Island director. “My love of nature is what brought me to this job in the first place. But what is very clear to me is that when native plants and animals like the Santa Cruz Island fox are at risk, and natural systems are threatened, we are morally obligated to take responsibility for undoing the damage that we have caused.”

The Nature Conservancy is proud to be featured in this book, which highlights its collaborative work with its partner the National Park Service on Santa Cruz Island. Since 1978, The Nature Conservancy has achieved extraordinary restoration success on Santa Cruz Island, including the re-establishment of bald eagles, removal of all feral sheep and pigs, vaccinating Island scrub-jays against West Nile virus and bringing the native Santa Cruz Island fox back from the brink of extinction.
 
Click here for official contest rules. Click here to learn more about the conservancy’s Santa Cruz Island work.

— Kathleen Goldstein is a publicist.

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