Santa Barbara Island was officially closed to visitors February 7 as the endangered brown pelicans living on the island entered their breeding season. According to Channel Islands National Park officials, the island was shut down because its pelican population – which averages 400-700 nests per season – chose as its 2006 nesting site the only trail providing access from the landing dock to the rest of the island. Park officials expect the island to reopen for public recreation in early June.
Originally published 3:08 p.m., February 16, 2006
Updated 11:35 a.m., February 23, 2006
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