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Farallons Window Rock

The Farallones are a small chain of granitic isles lying 25 miles due west of the Golden Gate.  Perched on the brink of a steep undersea escarpment, these islands provide a vital marine refuge where the deep pelagic ocean meets shallower waters of the Continental Shelf.  Fed by oceanic upwelling and the plume from San Francisco Bay, this is one of the world’s richest marine ecosystems.  Hundred’s of thousands of sea birds ~ numbers found nowhere else along the coast ~ form breeding colonies alongside thousands of seals and sea lions.

Biologists from Point Reyes Observatory have studied and protected these islands and their wildlife since 1968, providing year-round vigilance and stewardship under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service PRBO is a non-profit organization that relies on individual contributions to help protect the unique natural treasures of the Farallones. PRBO, Stinson Beach, CA 94970