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 Bird Observatory) have conducted research from a field station in the Farallon Islands since 1968.
In 2015, the Farallon Islands Foundation made a grant to Point Blue to fund the creation of an interactive map and video that will help tell the story of the islands and provide the public with visual access to the amazing wildlife and research that goes on at Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. In cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Point Blue will work with a company called Maps for Good to create a 5-10 minute video that includes information on island history, volunteers and researchers, shots of different areas of the island, birds, elephant seals, restoration projects and other footage. Maps For Good will also take photographs for use in an interactive map of the Farallon Islands, which will be used by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Point Blue to bring the story of the Farallon Islands to the public. This project will be completed over a two year period.
To view the completed interactive map and video, visit: Maps For Good: Farallon Islands