For the 300, 000 seabirds of 13 species on the island, our goals are to study the breeding biology, feeding ecology, and population dynamics of this community in relation to natural and human-induced climate change in order to advance both scientific discovery and conservation efforts.

Our long-term monitoring of Farallon Island seabirds has revealed increasing unpredictability in the marine ecosystem. For more than three decades, Point Blue documented a strong link between Cassin's Auklets and Brandt’s Cormorants’ yearly breeding success, but this has begun to unravel. In recent years these species, auklets which feed on krill and cormorants that feed on fish,  have shown opposing trends in productivity suggesting potential changes in the Farallon food web. 

With this wealth of information, we are informing direct management of actions on the islands, guiding management of surrounding waters, contributing to management actions in a wide range of species, and contributing th ecosystem-based management.

We focus our efforts on 12 of the 13 seabird species that nest on Southeast Farallon Island:

The twelve species of Farallon seabirds Point Blue studies primarily
Pigeon Guillemot Tufted Puffin Rhinoceros Auklet Cassin's Auklet
Common Murre Brandt's Cormorant Double-crested Cormorant Pelagic Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher Western Gull California Gull Ashy Storm-Petrel

 

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