About NA-178 (The Farallon NWR)
SouthEast Farallon Island (SEFI) is the largest in The Farallon Islands, which grouped together are known the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is located approximately 28 miles West of San Francisco, California, and adminstered by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). It is "home" to approximately 300,000 migratory birds, sea lions, sharks & other wildlife.
In addition to the Management activities of the FWS, by means of a longstanding "Coooperative Work Agreement" with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) organization, there is considerable habitat conservation and research which also takes place by PRBO personnel on SouthEast Farallon Island. Several researchers live on SEFI year round for purposes of research and monitoring access to the Island.
Since many Worldwide IOTA Ham operators are also conservation and wildlife enthusiasts who frequently make independent donations to bona fide conservation and research organizations, we encourage consideration for membership in, and support of, the activities of the PRBO at this Globabally significant bird area and wildlife habitat. Should you decide to participate, please be sure and reference the fact that you are a Ham Radio Operator (and let us know too).
Volunteers are also used for annual invasive weed control on SEFI (i.e., the hand-pulling of weeds), as well as assisting in the ongoing challenge of preparing old infrastructure items (water piping, etc.) for removal from the Island. If you are interested in volunteering to assist the Refuge, please let us know.
SouthEast Farallon Island has an extremely colorful and rich history, including a unique diversity of activities. The focus now, however, includes removal of unnecessary past infrastructure items to restore the Island to more of its original habitat status. A United States Coast Guard lighthouse will, of course, remain perched atop the highest point on SEFI as an important navigational aide.
The Farallon NWR and SouthEast Farallon Island are not open to the general public. In order to minimize any impact to the wildlife at the habitat, only a very small number of research scientists, FWS personnel and/or media representatives are permitted to be on SEFI at any one time. Non-Emergency Refuge maintainance needs utilizing various contractors and any Cooperative Work Agreement projects are generally scheduled during periods of lowest wildlife population on the Island.
The following are links to additional information about the Farallon Islands:
The FWS is very interested in expanding the General Public's knowledge about The Farallon NWR as an important wildlife habit resource. We encourage you to forward this webpage to your friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge...an area of Global significance.
The views and conclusions contained in this posting are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.