PIGU Shatters Record
April 28, 2020
For the past 49 years, we have been systematically checking natural and artificial crevices used as breeding sites by a charismatic seabird called the Pigeon Guillemot, or PIGU for short. This species breeds throughout the west coast of North America, from Southern California to Alaska, with one of the largest breeding colonies here on Southeast
An early start for Cassin’s
April 9, 2020
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
April 2, 2020
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?
Pup Weaning is in Full Swing!
April 2, 2020
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!
Happy Holidays from the Farallones! First pup of the season born!!
December 21, 2019
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.
2019-20 SEFI Winter Crew Introductions
December 18, 2019
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
Lightning Strikes Twice at the Farallons
November 8, 2019
Amazingly, lightning struck twice when another Red-flanked Bluetail arrived at Southeast Farallon Island four days later on November 7th.
Kleptoparasites follow Brown Pelicans
October 19, 2019
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
Calm winds bring birds to the Farallones
October 16, 2019
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.
October 10, 2019
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).