Los Farallones

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


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

The tagged leatherback turtle. Photo by Jeff Berman

Unusual Encounters: Ridges in the Water

  Before my Farallon internship, multiple former interns and visitors warned me about the boat rides out; they would talk endlessly about the ten foot swells and the seasickness, how much dramamine they had to take, and the absurd amount of flies that would land on you once you stepped foot on the island. I […]

By | December 2, 2016

SEFI Lighthouse

The webcam is back, and in HD!

Hi all, After much effort the Farallon webcam is back up live, in HD. Check it out here This is an excellent partnership between Point Blue, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Academy of Sciences to again let you all get an up close view of the Farallones. Keep you eyes open for amazing […]

By | October 14, 2016

marty_maps for good

Explore the island!

If you’re interested in learning more about the island and our work here check out this amazing video and interactive map put together by our partners at Maps for Good. There’s lots of great images and video embedded in the interactive map,  you can hit the “Explore the island” button to access it. In this […]

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