Since 1968, biologists from Point Blue have been the day and night presence on the Farallon Islands, in cooperation with US Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Located 27 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge is 96 acres of rocky terrain just a few miles from the edge of the continental shelf. The islands host the largest seabird breeding colony in the contiguous United States (over 300,000 seabirds of 13 species), are an important resting and breeding site for 5 species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), as well as a unique feeding location for white sharks. In addition, the islands host unique populations of plants, salamanders, and the Farallon Cave Cricket, as well as being a stopover site for hundreds of species of migrant and vagrant landbirds.
The long-term data sets collected by Point Blue on the Farallones help to inform management and conservation actions on the island. They also indicate the effects of climate change to the marine ecosystem, thus the Farallon Island Field Station serves as our laboratory on the Pacific.
While on the island, our staff live in historical structures from earlier times maintained by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The public is not allowed on any of the islands because the steep, rocky shoreline and wildlife are very sensitive to disturbance. There are also no docking facilities and island resources are very limited.
To learn more about our climate change and ecosystem research and conservation on the Farallon Islands, visit the links at the right.