Los Farallones

Dispatches from Point Blue’s field station on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge

Archive: Apr 2011

What is that MUSKY smell?

April 23, 2011
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SEFI is bustling with many smells… the fragrance of blooming weeds, the fetid whiff of marine mammals, the ambrosial scents of a Sunday brunch, the putrid smells of seabird guano, the tantalizing aroma of Jen’s fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, and many more. But, of all the myriad smells we experience daily on this island, my […]

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Photo a Day project

April 12, 2011
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New Farallon photo project by Annie Schmidt. Check it out!Farallon Photo a Day: 2011

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The Birds Have Arrived!

April 7, 2011
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The seabird breeding season on the Farallons has begun! We’ve been watching Common Murres, Brandt’s Cormorants, Cassin’s Auklets, and Pigeon Guillemots arrive to the islands, as they do each spring/summer season. Common Murres at nesting sites The first birds to start nesting were the Cassin’s Auklets. These are cute little seabirds that hang out at […]

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Spring, Seabirds, and Spray

April 3, 2011
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In mid March, after 3.5 months on the island, the winter crew departed in one of our seasonal crew switches. It is now seabird season, and the seasons of wildlife have changed with the weather. After a very wet March with storms from the south, clear skies, and strong northwest winds have returned, as you can […]

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