Los Farallones

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

Archive: Mar 2015

Goodbye Elephant Seals, Hello Seabirds!

March 24, 2015
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March 11thmarked the end of the 2014-2015 SEFI elephant seal breeding season. Pup -91 was the last to wean. This year we had 93 cows, 67 of which pupped. Of those 67, 42 successfully weaned.  When going through our data, we noticed that there was higher pup mortality this winter season. One reason for this […]

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Tristram’s Storm-Petrel back on the Farallones!

March 19, 2015
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Today our 2 new interns (Sean and Eva) found this fresh storm-petrel carcass (killed by a Burrowing Owl) on our first storm-petrel predation survey of the seabird season. Upon seeing the bird, I did a double take at it’s massive size and knew immediately that this was not one of the Ashy or Leach’s Storm-petrels […]

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Cetacean Watch with Spotter Pro App and ORCAS!

March 11, 2015
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Whilst we focus on researching the breeding elephant seals during the winter season, there are many other aspects to our daily data collection. One of which is looking for whales and dolphins from the lighthouse. We try to carry out at least two cetacean surveys a day, although this depends on weather conditions, especially sea […]

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Circle of Life

March 2, 2015
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The Farallon Islands are a great place to observe wildlife. It’s a small piece of rock with a huge diversity and abundance of life, from the tiny Anna’s Humming bird to the giant Blue Whale. Even after a few months living here, I am still amazed by the daily spectacle. Examples of the diversity of […]

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