Farallon National Wildlife Refuge Updated:04/2022

The Farallon Islands National Wildlife refuge is surrounded by one of the most spectacular & biodiverse marine ecosystems on the planet. While created to protect seabirds and marine mammals, the refuge also supports rare bird species and feeding grounds for whales and white sharks. A prime location for research and wildlife and habitat conservation.

The Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is located on the pacific coast approximately 28 miles west of San Francisco California. Totaling 211 acres, it is composed of several islands in four groups: the North Farallon, Middle Farallon, South Farallon Islands, and Noonday Rock. The North Farallon, Middle Farallon, and Noonday Rock were designated as the Farallon Refuge by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 to protect seabirds and marine mammals. South Farallon Islands is the largest island at 70 acres and was added to the refuge in 1969. These rocky islands contain the largest seabird nesting colony south of Alaska; they hold the largest colony of western gulls in the world; and they support half the world's population of Ashy storm-petrels. Southeast Farallon is the only island that supports structures from earlier times, several of which have been maintained or renovated for refuge management purposes.

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Gerry McChesney
Refuge Manager
1 Marshlands Rd.
Fremont, CA  94555
Phone: 510-792-0222

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