IWS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the flagship project that launched our organization.
In 1980, IWS President David Garcelon launched his ambitious Master's thesis project, reintroducing bald eagles to Santa Catalina Island (California Channel Islands). IWS was formed as non-profit organization in order to procure permits to handle and move eagles. The reputation of IWS grew from continued work on the Channel Islands and beyond. The organization maintained a focus on researching threatened and endangered wildlife, and did its part to directly help bald eagles recover from their endangered status.
Now there are about 20 active bald eagle nests on the Channel Islands, some of which are used by the 2nd generation of bald eagles born naturally on the Islands.
For more information, check out our main Bald Eagle Program webpage.