The Adventure Continues… Farallon Islands
This hour-long episode of California’s Gold starts with Huell having quite the adventure just getting to the island. But once he finally arrives, he finds that humans are greatly outnumbered by the sea birds and marine mammals like Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions, and Gray Whales. I admit to feeling just a bit sad that shore access to the islands is limited to a handful of biologists and other researchers; I’d love the chance to climb to the site of the old lighthouse and take in that million dollar view. But it’s also very comforting to know the island and its wildlife are protected from damage, even from well-intentioned visitors.
Birds mentioned in the show: Common Murre, Western Gull, Cassin’s Auklet, Tufted Puffin, and Black Oystercatcher. These are only a few of the many types of birds who visit or live on the Farallon Islands.
Join Huell as he spends the day with the biologists who live on the Farallon Islands and learns about this wild and beautiful place which is just a group of islands and rocks found 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Known as California’s Galapagos, they make up the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. These wild and remote islands are rich with not only flora and fauna, but human history as well.