Protecting the Endangered St. Vincent Parrot – 2021

St. Vincent's parrot

In 2021, the Farallon Islands Foundation provided a grant to Birds Caribbean to survey and relocate birds to a protected area during and after the 2021 volcanic eruptions of the La Soufriére Volcano. The volcano, which began erupting on April 9, 2021, resulted in falling rocks, pyroclastic flows, and heavy ashfall across the mountainous island nation of St. Vincent — … Read More

Farallon Island Restoration Project Outreach – 2020

In 2020, the Farallon Islands Foundation provided a grant to Point Blue Conservation Science in support of outreach activities around a proposed project by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to eradicate invasive house mice on the South Farallon Islands. The presence of invasive house mice has had severe and ecosystem-altering effects on the Farallon Islands, which are home to … Read More

Survey for Southern River Terrapin in Sumatra – 2019

In 2019, the Farallon Islands Foundation provided a grant to the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) to support a search for the Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) in Sumatra. Once a common river and estuarine turtle of Southeast Asia, the Southern River Terrapin is now one of the world’s top 25 most endangered turtles. In cooperation with the Satucita Foundation, a … Read More

Molecular Biology Lab and Research Support in Madagascar – 2019

In 2019, the Farallon Islands Foundation provided a grant to Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group and Mahaliana Lab and Training Center in support of their efforts to establish a molecular biology laboratory in Antananarivo, Madagascar and build scientific research capacity among Malagasy conservationists through a research study and training workshop. With support from FIF, these organizations purchased necessary lab equipment … Read More

Assessing hurricane impacts to Puerto Rican Birds – 2018

Puerto Rican Tody, a native bird of Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Jose Salguero.

During September 2017, the island of Puerto Rico was impacted by two major hurricanes — Irma (September 7) and Maria (September 20).  These two storms, especially Maria, devastated infrastructure and natural areas throughout the island. FIF’s 2018 grant to the Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, Inc. (SOPI) and Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) helped to fund an island-wide bird census to assess the … Read More

Preserving Forest Habitat in Sumatra – 2016

On the island of Sumatra, forests are being logged for pulp and paper production, and illegal oil palm plantations. A large surviving block of forest in the vicinity of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in central Sumatra provides home to a wealth of wildlife, including Sumatran Elephants, Sumatran Orangutans, 30 of the remaining 400 Sumatran Tigers, and many other threatened species … 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

Scrap and Trash Cleanup on Southeast Farallon Island – 2000

Volunteers at work at cleanup on Farallon Islands (2000)

Increasingly, the Foundation gets involved in projects that involve more than one organization and sometimes several, such as removal of the scrap and trash from the SE Farallon Island. Many people contributed to the accumulation of debris over the years, including egg gatherers, the US Coast Guard, light house keepers and others. But wind, salt, waves and metal erosion soon … Read More

Nesting Boxes for Auklets on the Farallon Islands – 2000

An avian condo

The Cassin’s Auklet is a burrow and crevice-nesting seabird of the Pacific Coast. With a declining population and nesting range, it is a candidate for California’s Species of Special Concern list. About 80% of California’s Cassin’s Auklets breed on the Farallon Islands. Mated pairs lay only one egg per year. Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now Point Blue) has studied breeding … Read More