An early start for Cassin’s

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately delayed the arrival of our summer seabird interns, but the birds nevertheless are showing up in big numbers as we progress into the breeding season. The biggest story on the Farallones so far this year is the earliest peak laying on record for Cassin’s auklets. This species is fine

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Le Chonk

This is what happens when a pup gets to nurse off two moms. We like our pups round and chunky here… Here is the same animal after weaning, on the left, compared to a “normal” weaned pup. How many chins can you see?

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Pup Weaning is in Full Swing!

Pup weaning is in full swing here on the Farallon Islands! These curious weaned pups have much to learn and even more fat rolls. Here is the envious daily schedule of our resident weaners: Wake up; Stretch, Scratch, Scream, Sleep, Repeat!

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Happy Holidays from the Farallones! First pup of the season born!!

On the morning of December 17th a long-time resident of the Farallones, Shelly, gave birth to a healthy pup. In the past few days, the pup has begun to nurse and is doing well. In the meantime, we’ve been decorating the house and getting ready for the upcoming holidays.  

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2019-20 SEFI Winter Crew Introductions

Garrett is the winter biologist for the Farallon Program, the emphasis of which is to monitor the breeding colony of Northern Elephant Seals. The continuation of our long term data set is not only useful for documenting the species rebound from near extinction in the early 20th century and the recolonization of the Farallon Islands in

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Lightning Strikes Twice at the Farallons

Amazingly, lightning struck twice when another Red-flanked Bluetail arrived at Southeast Farallon Island four days later on November 7th.

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Kleptoparasites follow Brown Pelicans

Early each morning from the top of Lighthouse Hill, Point Blue biologists count Brown Pelicans roosting on the South Farallon Islands before they leave to forage for the day. For the past month, pelican counts have been consistently high, with numbers frequently topping 1000 individuals. On October 17th, 3301 pelicans were observed, the highest number

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Calm winds bring birds to the Farallones

On October 15th, the anemometer on the island weather station came to a halt under a low cloud ceiling; low winds and extensive cloud cover create ideal conditions for attracting migrant birds to the island.

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Migrant wave

Today brought light winds, great visibility, and lots of new migrants including this gorgeous golden-crowned kinglet. Check out our ebird list to see what else we saw today (http://ebird.org/hotspot/L329116).

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Farallonathon 2019!

From September 27 to October 3, the fall crew conducted the 28th annual Farallonathon, the Southeast Farallon Island rendition of Point Blue’s annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser. Points are awarded for each unique species of bird, marine mammal, bat, fish, salamander, dragonfly and butterfly throughout the week. Supporters are encouraged to pledge a donation per point earned during the Farallonathon to help support our research and conservation work on the Farallones. Or, you can simply make a donation in a fixed dollar amount. Every bit helps. This year the Farallonathon resulted in a total of 128 points and includes highlights such as Painted Bunting and Yellow-green Vireo. Click below for a detailed day by day accounting of our sightings and Thank You for supporting Point Blue’s Farallon Program.

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