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Farallon National Wildlife Refuge is a unit of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, with headquarters in Fremont, California.
Farallon National Wildlife Refuge supports the largest and most diverse seabird rookery on the Pacific coast south of Alaska.
The Refuge originally consisted of North, Middle and part of South Farallon Islands, about 30 to 40 miles west of San Francisco.
www.npwrc.usgs.gov /resource/othrdata/chekbird/r1/farmam.htm   (645 words)

 USATODAY.com - Conservation plan sought for Calif. islands
FARALLON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (AP) — Less than 30 miles from San Francisco, an archipelago of rocky islands rises out of the Pacific Ocean, forming a largely undisturbed wildlife haven that biologists call California's Galapagos.
While the Farallones are too close to shore to be as biologically unique as Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, scientists here worry that opening the refuge to tourists could disturb skittish nesting birds and the endangered Steller sea lions.
The four main islands and dozens of craggy outcroppings are home to five species of marine mammals and 12 species of seabirds, totaling 300,000 or 30% of California's breeding seabirds.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2005-05-21-calif-islands_x.htm   (833 words)

Some of these "little pointed islets in the sea," as they were once fittingly described, were established as the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge in 1909, but the Southeast Farallons were not added until 1969, bringing the total acreage to 211.
The Farallon NWR, part of which is designated as the Farallon Wilderness, is closed to visitation to protect wildlife and other natural, cultural, and/or other resources consistent with the conservation purpose(s) of the refuge.
Southeast Farallon is a main island of about 70 acres (including the only major flat spot on the refuge) and numerous small rocks.
www.wilderness.net /nwps/wild_view.cfm?wname=Farallon   (519 words)

 Farallon Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The islands are in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, which protects the feeding grounds of the wildlife of the refuge.
The Farallon Islands State Game Refuge also includes the water area around the islands, with a size of roughly 6 km by 24 km The islands are part of the City and County of San Francisco.
The Farallon Islands are a group of islands and rocks found in the Gulf of the Farallones, off the coast of mainland San Francisco, California.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Farallon_Islands   (1509 words)

 Farallon Islands Sharks
The centerpiece of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Reserve, Southeast Farallon became a protected National State Wildlife Refuge in 1969 and is overseen alongside the US Coastguard by the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO), whose headquarters are in Stinson Beach, on the picturesque Marin County coast.
North Farallon, Middle Farallon and Noonday Rock are all uninhabitable and impossible to land upon either by boat or helicopter.
A CRAGGY and wild diorite archipelago, the Farallones are situated 28 miles due west of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and its largest island - Southeast Farallon (SEFI) - is visible on clear days from the peaks of the city.
www.zoo.co.uk /~z9015043/farallons_main.html   (1661 words)

 Dive Global Destination :: USA - Gulf of the Farallones
The Farallon Islands, 30 miles (26 nautical miles) west of the Golden Gate Bridge in the south central part of the sanctuary, are a national wildlife refuge, offering resting and breeding sites for marine mammals and seabirds, lured by nutrient-rich waters.
The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is a non-profit, cooperating association that helps protect the resources managed by the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary through collaborative education, interpretation, outreach, and research.
Its waters are spawning grounds for commercially important stocks of anchovies, crab, rockfish and flatfish, The sanctuary is home to 33 species of marine mammals, 15 species of breeding seabirds (the largest concentration of breeding seabirds in the continental U.S.) and one-fifth of California's breeding harbor seal population.
www.diveglobal.com /explore_destinations/destinations/usa/farallones.asp   (553 words)

 Oceanic Society: WHALE WATCHING - Farallon Islands
The Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is the largest
The Farallon Islands, just 27 miles off San Francisco, lie amid the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a food-rich marine ecosystem which attracts whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds each summer and fall, to feed and to breed.
Gray Whales are currently migrating along the California coast and past the Farallon Islands.
www.oceanic-society.org /pages/wwd.html   (513 words)

 GORP - National Wildlife Refuges - Region 1 - California, Oregon, Washington
The San Juan Islands Refuge was established to protect nesting seabirds, the predominant species being the glaucous-winged gull.
The Farallon Wilderness Area consists of West End (part of the South Farallons), Middle Farallon Island, the North Farallon Islands, and Noonday Rock.
Oregon Islands Wilderness is primarily valuable as nesting, roosting, and foraging habitat for colonial seabirds and shorebirds, and is also of special importance as loafing and breeding areas for 4 species of pinnipeds.
gorp.away.com /gorp/resource/us_wilderness_area/fws_reg1.htm   (841 words)

 Seacology - California Farallon Islands project
After designation of Northern California's Farallon Islands as a National Wildlife Refuge in the 1970s, populations began to recover.
Presently the Farallon Islands, Ano Nuevo Island and Castle Rock in Northern California provide habitat for approximately 96 percent of the California breeding populations, totaling no more than 2,000 birds.
Pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets and Cassin’s Auklets that were new to the boxes in 2002 have now returned two years in a row to breed on the Farallon Islands and on Año Nuevo Island.
www.seacology.org /projects/individualprojects/CALIFORNIA_farallones.htm   (228 words)

 Sunset: 30 miles out to the Farallones … alive with birds, seals, sea lions - Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Since 1969, the Farallones and surrounding waters have been part of the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
Once at the islands, you'll hear the loud vocalizations of the birds, whose active population almost doubles with nightfall.
Thanks to improved management and protection this century, the islands are now a haven to more than a quarter-million nesting birds each summer, and are a resting area and breeding ground for California and Steller sea lions as well as elephant and harbor seals.
www.gobelle.com /p/articles/mi_m1216/is_v172/ai_3288361   (891 words)

 April 14, 2005 - Yee Hosts Town Hall Meeting Regarding Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Due to the extremely sensitive environmental conditions, the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge has been closed to public access since its inception.
In addition, the Islands are home to a great variety of whales, sea turtles, marine mammals, and large fish.
The only people allowed onto the Islands are a handful of research scientists that live there.
democrats.assembly.ca.gov /members/a12/press/p122005032.htm   (412 words)

 World Heritage Sites in the United States
Point Reyes National Seashore/Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, California.
Aleutian Islands Unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.
Aleutian Islands Unit of the Alaska Maritime National
www.cr.nps.gov /worldheritage/list1.htm   (412 words)

 Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Within the sanctuary are the Farallon Islands and associated National Wildlife Refuge, the sanctuary protects the feeding grounds of the seabirds and seals that breed and haul out on the islands.
The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is one of 13 marine sanctuaries in the U.S., found outside San Francisco's Golden Gate, and comprises part of the United Nations' Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve.
The Sanctuary was declared in 1981 and protects about 1250 square miles (3,240 km²) of the waters off San Francisco, part of the highly productive California Current Sysytem.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gulf_of_the_Farallones_National_Marine_Sanctuary   (412 words)

 Leland Yee holding a town meeting on Farallon Islands access -- Coastsider: Half Moon Bay and Coastside news
San Francisco, CA What: Speaker pro Tem Leland Yee will host a town hall meeting to discuss the recent federal legislation that seeks to require the US Secretary of the Interior to provide public access to the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (FNWR), Navassa National Wildlife Refuge, and Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge.
Assembly member and speaker pro tem Leland Yee (D-12th District) is holding a town hall meeting to discuss public access to the Farallon Islands National Marine Refuge.
Yee will host a meeting that includes a representative of the American Radio Relay League, and a host of environmental organizations (Sierra Club, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, Audobon Society, Sierra Club, Enviromental Defenese).
coastsider.com /comments/616_0_1_0_C   (1090 words)

 MSN Encarta - California
Other than the small, rocky Farallon Islands, which lie some 50 km (30 mi) west of the Golden Gate and which comprise a National Wildlife Refuge, the state’s larger islands are offshore of southern California.
With the exception of far-flung San Clemente and San Nicolas islands, which serve as unoccupied United States military reservations, Santa Catalina and the Channel Islands are situated 50 km (30 mi) offshore, the former west of the densely populated Los Angeles Basin, and the latter due south of the city of Santa Barbara.
They are in two groups: the Santa Barbara Channel islands, which geologically are a seaward continuation of the Transverse Ranges, and Santa Catalina, San Clemente and San Nicolas islands, which are associated geologically with the Peninsular Ranges.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761561899_2/California.html   (1090 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Marianas tropical dry forests (OC0203)
In 1993, a National Wildlife Refuge was established on Guam to protect the remaining forest and the habitat of the Mariana crow ( Corvus kubaryi) whose status is considered critical.
A major threat to birds is the potential spread of the introduced brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis), an Australasian native, from Guam to the other Marianas islands.
The southern Mariana Islands consist of masses of older volcanic rock, much of which resulted from submarine explosions.
www.worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/oc/oc0203_full.html   (1090 words)

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