Coast Guard

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be done through collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) entered into a cooperative agreement with Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO Conservation Science) in 1968. The agreement allows POint Blue to conduct numerous studies on the wildlife on Farallon National Wildlife Refuge.  Point Blue staff live year-round on the refuge and provide crucial assistance to the FWS in maintaining this remote field station. The arrangement allows FWS to acquire population data and Point Blue Conservation Science to perform non-FWS funded studies at the lowest cost to both parties. 

Cooperation is not limited to wildlife studies, however. The US Coast Guard runs and maintains the automated light station and sometimes provides transportation. The National Weather Service has a weather station on the island, and Point Blue personnel call in the weather at least twice daily. University of California Berkeley has seismographic sensors on the island. The 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard has been very helpful in transporting supplies to the island and providing helicopter support when private companies are not available (often due to wildfires). NOAA conducts intertidal surveys twice each year to monitor changes in species diversity and abundance at the island.

The California Academy of Sciences hosts a web cam on Farallon National Wildlife Refuge to bring people to the islands virtually.  Their web site offers blogs from researchers working on the islands and information about the wildlife on the islands.