Los Farallones

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


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

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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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25th Annual Farallonathon: September 25th through October 1st, 2016

The Farallon Fall Crew recently completed their 25th annual week-long Farallonathon which is part of Point Blue’s Bird-a-thon fundraiser. It was started in 1992 by Peter Pyle in order to highlight the island’s biodiversity. On the Farallones, we count more than just birds — mammals, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, and sharks are also tallied. Points are […]

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This Prairie Warbler finds itself stuck between a rock and a blue place.

Stuck Between a Rock and a Blue (or Gray) Place

There’s no denying it; those of us living on Southeast Farallon Island (SEFI) are stuck on a big rock in the Pacific Ocean. There are no mountains, no valleys, no forests, no wetlands. The sky is above us and the sea is virtually everywhere else. When both are calm, it can be hard to tell […]

By | September 27, 2016


Small Seabird Causes a Big Surprise

A recent storm-petrel netting effort by biologists on the island has proven once again that sometimes the most exciting discoveries come wrapped in the smallest of packages. At least twice a month, an effort is made on the island to capture and band as many of our breeding Ashy Storm-Petrels in a three-hour period as […]

By | August 2, 2016

Orange-billed Murre

Orange is the new bill – The “uncommon” murre

We all thought we had “crazy eyes” when this bird was first sighted by summer research assistant Brad Wilkinson at our Common murre colony on Shubrick Point. But sure enough this “uncommon” trait within murres popped up among the sea of black and white. Point Blue’s Farallon Biologist, Pete Warzybok, who has spent 17 seasons […]

By | June 16, 2016