Los Farallones

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


The Farallon Egg Wars

Check out this recently released podcast by the Kitchen Sisters, of public radio fame, about “the Farallon Egg Wars”. The 18 minute story chronicles the history of Common Murre egging on the Farallones and the amazing recovery of this species on the Refuge. Recordings and interviews on the island with Farallon Point Blue staff were […]

By | June 12, 2017

Poems of the Farallones 1

The Farallon Library

If you like to read and you’re fortunate enough to stay on the island, this is my advice: don’t bring a book. I’m not necessarily encouraging you to spend your time on activities other than reading. Rather, I say this to encourage you to explore the Farallon Library. The library is distributed between both the […]

By | May 31, 2017


Eggs, eggs everywhere: Common Murre

The MURREacle of life! The Common Murre  (Uria aalge): Since the beginning of the season we have been studying common murres every day. At first we looked for and recorded banded birds in two different plots: Upper Upper: and Shubrick Point: As it is very difficult to read the metal bands from the hides we […]

By | May 22, 2017


Eggs, eggs everywhere: The Gulls

The Western Gull (Larus occidentalis): Everyone who has worked with breeding Western Gulls can say one thing: These birds are loud. At the beginning of the seabird season (March-April) everything was good. We started sighting banded birds. Each bird has a color band and a metal band with a unique 5-digit number. Many birds have […]

By | May 18, 2017


Eggs, eggs everywhere: The Rhinos

The Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata): The second seabird study species to lay eggs were the Rhinoceros Auklets. On April 17th Viv found the first egg using the Rhino-Cam. This device is used to monitor natural breeding sites of this species (and to look a bit funky). Four days later, the first eggs were seen inside […]

By | May 12, 2017

Cassin's Auklet

Eggs, eggs everywhere: The Cassin’s

So… things are starting to get real on the Farallon Islands. Nearly all our seabird study species have started laying their first eggs! First were the Cassin´s Auklets (Ptychoramphus aleuticus):   There are 446 regular nest boxes distributed all over the island and 32 nest boxes in a study site called the Habitat Sculpture. These […]

By | May 11, 2017


Changing of Seasons…

    Winter on the Farallones is coming to an end; the winter team are collecting the last of their data, packing bags, saying goodbye, and looking forward to hot showers at home. Having been on the island from mid-December, they have been closely monitoring the ups and downs of the Elephant Seal colonies throughout […]

By | March 24, 2017


Rocks In Our Pockets

An exciting weekend on the Farallon Islands!  The much anticipated ATMOSPHERIC RIVER 2017 arrived in full force, with drenching downpours, 35 knot winds, and awesome waves.  Conducting field work in the wind and water was a challenge, but we happily adapted to the soggy conditions.  The promise of a warm cozy house after a long […]

By | January 10, 2017


Happy Holidays from the Farallones – First elephant seal pup of the season born today!

Happy Holidays from the Farallon 2016-17 Winter Crew! We received an extra special gift today! The first elephant seal pup of the season was born! Enjoy the photo and the video below.

By | December 25, 2016

Drawing on the the Rock!

2016-17 SEFI Winter Crew Introductions

Greetings from the Farallon Islands. We’ve been dodging raindrops since our arrival but the last few days have been pure sunshine and we’ve been trying to soak up the rays as much as possible. No pregnant female elephants seals have arrived to the island as of yet but we are hopeful the sunshine will start […]

By | December 19, 2016