Video and Interactive Map of Farallon National Wildlife Refuge – 2015

Farallon Islands Video, 2015

The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge provides a home for seals, sea lions, the largest seabird breeding colony in the United States (over 300,000 seabirds and 13 species), and many other species. It is one of only three refuges in the United States that are closed to the public, however, teams of biologists from Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly Point Reyes … Read More

Equipment For The Study of Least Terns Alameda Island – 2013

Least tern with chick

The Golden Gate chapter of the National Audbon Society (GGAS) has been working since 1976 to study and protect California’s northernmost Least Tern colony, situated on Alameda Island in the San Francisco Bay. In conjunction with GGAS efforts, the tern colony grew from 10 nests to 440 28 years. In 2003, the colony produced the second highest number of Least … Read More

Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas – 2011

Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas. 2011.

The long-awaited Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas, in the works since the 1990’s, was produced by volunteers from GGAS and Ohlone Audubon. It includes 173 carefully written species accounts, 30 wonderful illustrations by Hans Peeters, and a detailed vegetation map of the county using the latest data available. Year of grant: 2011 Amount: $3,000 Grantee: Golden Gate Audubon Society

East Brother Lighthouse – 2010

East Brother Lighthouse.

East Brother island lies in the passage between San Francisco Bay and the San Pablo Bay, just north of Point San Pablo. Less than an acre in size, East Brother is rich in history. Per U.S. Federal order, a lighthouse was opened on the island in 1874, which was manned for many decades by keepers living on the island. The … Read More

Trimble Tablet Computer – 2009

Trimble tablet computer. 2009.

The Farallon Islands Foundation donated a Trimble Tablet Computer to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University to collect data for a statewide inventory of birds that will be called The Oregon 2020 project. This project will inventory the locations and numbers of each bird species in the state to establish a benchmark in time of the … Read More

Nesting Boxes & Boardwalks on Año Nuevo Island – 2008, 2009

Rhinoceros Auklet, Ano Nuevo Island.

Many seabirds nest on islands in burrows which can collapse for several reasons including human foot traffic and pinniped activity. Año Nuevo is home to over 9,000 seabirds (and 18,000 marine mammals) and is thus one of the most important islands in California. Rhinoceros Auklets Cerorhinca monocerata were extirpated from California in the 1800s but have been re-colonizing their historical nesting sites … Read More

Filmmakers Collaborative – 2005

DVD cover: Returning Home

Production of the Video “Returning Home – Bringing the Common Murre Back to Devil’s Slide Rock” In 1986, a breeding colony of Common Murres on Devil’s Slide Rock off the coast of San Francisco was devastated by an oil spill. Using innovative restoration techniques in a challenging location over the span of ten years, dedicated scientists worked with local schools … Read More

Research Facility Improvements on Año Nuevo Island – 2003

Ano Nuevo Island

The University of California at Santa Cruz is a renowned center for the marine sciences and is committed to the principle of teaching through research. The nearby small island of Año Nuevo is an ideal site for research into pinnipeds and seabirds as it is home to a rich variety of native and migratory wildlife – Steller and California sea … Read More

Dual Pane Window Retrofit – 1999

Point Reyes Bird Observatory and the US Fish and Wildlife Service aim to have the buildings on the Farallon Islands as self sufficient as possible. There are two buildings in use; one houses the resident scientists, and the other is used as office and laboratory space. Both are old and, prior to these improvements, not energy-efficient. FIF made a grant … Read More

Island Inventory – 1999

The island inventory is the largest project with which the Farallon Islands Foundation has been involved to date. FIF Chairman Dick Spight spearheaded this multi-year effort to photograph the north, east, south and west sides of all 243 salt water islands from Canada to Mexico. It took 7 years, thousands of photographs, nearly 5,000 nautical miles on the Oceanographic Research … Read More