PRBO Conservation Science
Quarterly Journal of PRBO Conservation Science, Number 155, Winter 2009: Scientific Models for Conservation


"The Farallon Patrol skippers' dedication and generosity are truly extraordinary."

Braving the Waves for PRBO

Brandy Johnson and Claire Peaslee

Overview of Scientific Modeling
CEO's Column: Connectivity
Spatial Modeling
A Glossary of Modeling Terms
Temporal Modeling
Partners Using PRBO Models
Children Create Habitat
Focus: Winter Birding Blues
Remembering Dorothy Hunt
Farallon Patrol Braves the Waves

The view off the bow of a Farallon Patrol vessel nearing Southeast Farallon Island. Photo by Jenny Erbes.
Ever since 1967, PRBO Conservation Science has conducted research and provided stewardship in one of the world's great natural areas, the Farallon Islands. This extraordinary long-term effort, a premier PRBO project, became possible only after a group of expert boaters volunteered to assist.

In the early 1970s, visionary mariners like the late Charlie Merrill of Sausalito, and Howard Allen of Belvedere, California, offered support for PRBO's effort to launch long-term studies on the Farallones. To provide our scientists with reliable transportation to the islands, about 25 miles west of the Golden Gate, they formed the Farallon Patrol.
From the crane at the island's east edge, a PRBO biologist watches the Farallon Patrol arrive. PRBO photo.

This has been the key to PRBO's ability to maintain a year-round presence on the island, in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and to monitor a vital marine ecosystem. Skippers donate their boats, fuel, time and energy to carry people and supplies to Southeast Farallon Island about once every two weeks.

"PRBO's Farallon program would not exist without the Farallon Patrol—period," says program manager Russ Bradley. "The skippers' dedication and generosity are truly extraordinary. These are special people with real passion for the ocean, its wildlife, and the Farallones."

Now in its 38th year, the Farallon Patrol has conducted countless trips, carried tons of cargo, and covered thousands of miles across one of the most challenging stretches of water on the Pacific coast—in support of research and stewardship on the islands.

PRBO Conservation Science extends profound thanks to all past and present members of the Farallon Patrol.

Brandy Johnson is PRBO's Farallon Patrol coordinator. Claire Peaslee edits the Observer.

Farallon Patrol Skippers and Their Boats

Keith Sedwick, Commodore - Bonkers

Mike Alfred - The Big Guy

Harry Andrews - Chelsea E

Fred Babian - Temerity

Tony Badger - Kingfish

Seth Bailey - Route Du Vent

Tom Baty - Rampage

Terry Berkemeier - Pax

Rick Boyce - Paloma

Tom Charkins - Kumbaya

Tom Charron - Mi Vida

J.P. Conte - Radio Flyer

Mark Dallman - Ark

O'Neil Dillon - Lagniappe

Paul Dines - Cimba

Rick Drain - Espire

Jeff Dunnavant - True North

Jim & Jean Ellis - Hoku-lele

Bill English - Woodstar

Bill Foss - Détente

Dick Honey & Joann Kipp - La Baleine

Ed Kelly - Madame Charm

Sam Lavanaway - Final Approach

Rob Macfaralane - Tiger Beetle

Mick Menigoz - Superfish

Alex Pop-Lazic - TamoDaleko

Bernard Quante - Te Mana

Max Rosenblum - White Water

Peter Ross - Kidaly

Tim Sell - Lucky Star

Dick Spight - Blitzen

Richard E. Sponholz - Kielia

Greg Stach - Lebenstraum

Art Urbin - Queen Ann

John Wade - Starbuck

Alan Weaver - Sari Ann

Erik Yarborough - Serendipity

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