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When you think of National Parks, places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon might come to mind. But, one of the most unique ones is right here in our backyard. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people literally drive by it every single day. It’s Channel Islands National Park. The park is celebrating it’s 40th birthday.

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Some major projects intended to improve visitor access in the Channel Islands will temporarily mean reduced access to two islands. The National Park Service is going to replace the pier at Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island, and put a new crane on Anacapa Island.

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A mountain lion living in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area, and injured by the Woolsey Fire has died.

The remains of P-64 were found in an unburned portion of the Simi Hills. A necropsy is pending to determine the cause of death, but the big cat’s paws had been burned.  It's believed the mountain lion died weeks after the fire.

It feels like you’re in the middle of a jungle, surrounded by what appear to be seven or eight feet high bamboo shoots.

But, this is actually the Ventura riverbed, just west of the Ventura County fairgrounds. A crew made up of teenagers is hacking away, and removing the non-native plants, as part of an effort to restore this section of the Ventura River Estuary.

The teens are part of an annual eight week long supper program run by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area intended to give them a hands on chance to learn firsthand about careers in the National Parks System.

It’s something that doesn’t sound very appealing. But lots of everyday people are doing it. They’re examining coyote poop on the South Coast to help advance scientific research.

About a dozen people from the community have gathered here at the National Park Service Headquarters in Thousand Oaks for a monthly coyote scat party.

“As a kid, I always enjoyed dissection whether that was at science camp or just in high school dissection. I think that’s still fun no matter what age you are,” said Jacob Walker, a recent college graduate who’s pursuing a career in film.  

He is among the volunteers who are analyzing scat to learn more about coyotes’ diet in an effort to reduce conflicts between both coyotes and people and coyotes and pets.

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It’s a real-life story set in the scenic Channel Islands which has fascinated people for decades, and inspired a popular children’s book, “Island of the Blue Dolphins.” In 1835, a group of Native American people living on San Nicolas Island was brought to the mainland. But, one woman was left behind, spent close to a decade by herself on the remote island.

A researcher says previously overlooked documents and church registers are helping us learn more about the native people involved in this incredible story.

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There’s been a rare bear sighting in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

National Park Service officials say there hasn’t been a resident black bear population there since the 1800’s, with the bears now mostly found in the San Gabriel, and Santa Susana Mountains.

It’s extremely unusual for the bears to be traveling south of the 101 Freeway.

One of the Channel Islands which has been closed to the public for more than two years over concerns of possible unexploded military ordnance is reopening to visitors.

The U-S Navy owns San Miguel Island, but opened it to visitors under the supervision of the National Park Service. In April of 2014, the eight mile long, four mile island some 55 miles west of Ventura was completely closed because of concerns about unexploded military ordnance. The island was a military bombing range for decades, from World War II into the 1970’s.