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 one of the largest seabird breeding colonies in the continental United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the use of rodenticide to eradicate house mice from this sensitive ecosystem, using methods supported by decades of study. They have prepared a scientifically rigorous Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that considers the benefits and concerns associated with the use of rodenticide, but outreach and educational materials are needed to help members of the public and the California Coastal Commission (CCC) understand the importance of taking immediate action.
This 2020 FIF grant provided funding to Point Blue Conservation Science to develop and implement a public outreach campaign focused on educating the CCC and the general public about the details of this restoration.
- Year of grant: 2020
- Amount: $15,000
- Grantee: Point Blue Conservation Science