So I was debating putting this in the random thread or here, but I think it's awesome so I decided to post it here.
Warning: Long post! If you don't want to read(shame on you)...pictures are at the bottom.
Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited out to one of the channel islands, Santa Rosa, to the research station there operated by my university. I wanted to share some pictures I took both on this last trip and from previous trips because it's such a beautiful place and deserves to be shared. First, I feel the need to give you all the shpeel of why I've been out there and why it's important.
I spent multiple trips this last year out on the island installing a sensor system to monitor the resources used by the research station. The reasons for this were both practical(reducing footprint on the island) and as a learning experience to teach and quantify conservation for students that visit the station. To expand on practicality, the parks service station and our own research station are both linked to the only grid on the island. It's powered by a combination of solar, wind, and generators for when the batteries are low. For water, there are a few wells on the island but that's it. It's extremely important to conserve water on the island especially during the current drought that California has been having.
Why teach? The research station has all sorts of students visiting. Most are environmental science students studying the regrowth of the island after the previous 150 years being in private hands. It was only very recently(1992) transferred to the NPS and slowly has been recovering after decades of damage done by the private ranchers who owned the island. What's left are those students in various majors, such as business or communication, psych, math, etc, who travel to the island to get an education on how important preserving our natural treasures and resources are.
Water and power(generation) are the most important resources of the modern world and it's important to remember that they are a finite resource. Our means of generation will not last forever and we need to conserve what we have to make our resources last for the future. That's the goal I guess. If you guys haven't figured it out yet, I'm sort of a hippie and I love nature. I want it to be preserved so that future and current generations can find the same beauty and tranquility I have in the various mountains, slopes, rivers, and lakes that I've been to. It's just wouldn't be fair to let it disappear.
You all want pictures. I took some! These were taken on my hike to the Torrey Pines on the island. Torrey Pines are only located in two places on the planet: San Diego and Santa Rosa Island. It's not the first time I've done the hike, but it was a beautiful day and I hate being stuck inside programming...I needed to get out.
Edit: Bonus picture of Santa Cruz while on the ferry back. The above is definitely an album so you have to click on it. I thought we had interactive arrows to go through albums but I guess not.