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December 17, 2017 - 11:51pm

Articles by Laura Mecoy, For the Islander

The Catalina Island Conservancy recently announced the appointment of a new director of conservation, Frank Galea, who has 30 years of conservation experience as a wildlife biologist in Northern California.

In his new position, Galea will supervise the Conservancy’s conservation staff and programs to help the nonprofit organization fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring Catalina Island.

“We are extremely pleased to have Frank join our team,” said Tony Budrovich, Conservancy president and CEO.

After 13 years as president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy, Ann M. Muscat, PhD, will retire today, Friday, Oct 7. As Ann leaves for her next adventure, we look back at highlights of the Conservancy’s accomplishments during her tenure.

On Oct. 14, the Catalina Island Conservancy will celebrate the launch of Trekking Catalina, the most extensive enhancement and expansion of its hiking trail network since the 2009 opening of the 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail.

It will host a new trail groundbreaking that will honor Los Angeles Fourth District County Supervisor Don Knabe and a celebratory picnic on Catalina’s wildlands.

On Oct. 23, the Catalina Island Conservatory will host the Sixth Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, featuring the works of 10 nationally recognized plein air artists who have interpreted Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors. This year, four new participants in the show  – artists Brian Blood, Laurie Kersey, Kathleen Dunphy and Debra Huse –  will join the roster of returning artists, John Cosby, Don Demers, Andy Evansen, Kim Lordier, Ron Rencher and Matt Smith.

Tony Budrovich, who has more than three decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations and public venues that educate and inform the public, is the Catalina Island Conservancy’s new chief operating officer.
“I love the Conservancy’s focus on conservation, education and recreation,” Budrovich said. “Working with the Conservancy’s fine staff and its dedicated volunteers, I am confident we can grow the organization and remain true to its mission of protecting and restoring the Island for future generations to enjoy.”


AVALON – The Catalina Island Conservancy will offer summer visitors to the Island naturalist-led hikes along Catalina’s most popular and easily accessible trail, the Garden to Sky Trail. On these hikes, visitors will be able to learn about Catalina’s natural and cultural history while enjoying breathtaking views of Avalon and the windward side of the Island.