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Farallon Islands National Wildife Refuge - Site # 76
With nearly 300,000 birds annually, this is the largest continental sea bird breeding colony south of Alaska.
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Pod of breaching Humpbacks at Farallon Islands NWR. Photo by Jessica Weinberg: 1024x685.48760330579

Background: Seven wave-eroded outcropiings rise from the ocean 30 miles west of San Francisco. These islands are surrounded by such a productive marine environment that a portion has been designated a National Marine Sanctuary. Few ocean regions are as bountiful. As many as 12 sea bird species are found here, with nearly 300,000 birds annually. This is the largest continental sea bird breeding colony south of Alaska. Rocky slopes and underground burrows shelter the world's largest breeding colonies of ashy storm petrels, Brandt's cormorants, and western gulls. Most of the state's Cassin's auklets nest here. The Farallons are also the northernmost breeding site for 7,000 seals and sea lions, including northern elephant sealsl and California and Steller sea lions. California gray whales, blue whales, humpback whales and porpoises pass close to the islands.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Wildlife viewing is only availble from a boat.

Viewing Tips: Islands closed to public. Private and nonprofit boat tour information available from USFWS. Best time to view, November to July. BOATS MUST REMAIN 300 FEET OFFSHORE.

Festivals & Events: No public access
No public access

Visitor Information:  San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau - (415) 391-2000 - http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Year Round: 

How to Get There: Islands closed to public, boat tour information available from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: US Fish & Wildlife Service
Agency Site URL: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/farallon
Physical Address:1 Marshlands Road
Fremont, CA 94555
Agency 2:
, CA
Manager Phone:(510) 792-0222
Site Phone:(510) 792-0222
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