Farallon Islands Restoration
The islands of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge host the largest seabird breeding colony in the United States outside of Alaska and Hawai`i. Twenty-five percent of California’s breeding seabirds, with more than 300,000 individuals of 13 species, can be found there. About fifty percent of the world’s population of the rare Ashy Storm-Petrels (listed as a Species of Management Concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature) breed on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge islands. Unfortunately, the presence of introduced, non-native house mice threatens this globally significant seabird colony.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO), and Island Conservation have partnered together to restore native seabird populations on the islands, particularly the Ashy Storm-Petrel. Removing invasive house mice will provide safer breeding habitat for seabirds and other native animals. Once invasive species are removed from islands, island ecosystems can often recover quickly.
Point Blue scientists have worked on the Farallones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year since 1968 in partnership with the USFWS stewarding, monitoring and protecting seabirds, marine mammals and other wildlife. During these 44 years, Point Blue has documented numerous direct and indirect impacts of mice on seabirds and the ecosystem. We will continue to provide scientific expertise in the eradication planning process and will continue monitoring and stewarding Farallon wildlife.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service manages the refuge for sensitive wildlife populations, including several endangered, threatened, and vulnerable species.
Island Conservation is a world-renowned non-profit organization specializing in island restoration projects with many successes over the 17 years since their founding. The mission of Island Conservation is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.
Learn more about the Farallon Island restoration effort by visiting www.restorethefarallones.org.