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Conservation Photography Class & Excursion
Whales, Birds & Life of the Farallon Islands
Gary Sharlow, Photographer, Education Manager
Sat Oct 4th 1pm - 4pm at the Academy
Sun Oct 5 Boat Excursion 8am - 4pm out of Sausalito
Affectionately known as San Francisco’s "Galapagos Islands" the Farallon Islands serve as one of the most biologically rich and important habitats along the western coast of the United States. Come do what 99% of San Francisco residents never do… hop aboard a boat and ride out under the Golden Gate Bridge to visit one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. The Farallon Islands, just 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco, lie amid the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a food-rich marine ecosystem that attracts whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds each summer and fall, to feed and to breed. Researchers have catalogued hundreds of individual humpbacks and blue whales as seasonal feeding residents. Twenty three species of marine mammals, including eighteen species of whales and dolphins, can be found here. The Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is the largest seabird rookery in the contiguous United States with nesting Tufted Puffins, Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres and other species. Migratory seabirds such as Shearwaters, Jaegers, and Phalaropes are also attracted by these nutrient-rich waters. Island beaches are covered with sea lions, including massive Steller's sea lions, now on the Endangered Species List.
Isidore (Izzy) Szczepaniak is a field investigator for the Oceanic Society/Cascadia Research humpback whale research program in California and Costa Rica. Since 1972, primarily as a Research Associate for the California Academy of Sciences' Department of Mammalogy, Izzy has studied and published papers on marine mammals. In Australia and New Zealand he assisted with research on dusky dolphins and sperm whales. Other cetacean research includes work for Cascadia Research in northern California, and harbor porpoise surveys off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He is a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Szczepaniak will discuss the research he conducts on the marine life that make the Farallon Islands home… or at least a stop over in their annual migrations. Gary Sharlow will give an introduction to your DSLR that will provide you with some easy tips that will allow you to keep your head up with your eyes on the horizon and in search of whales and birds. (The advice is also intended to help you keep from looking down at your camera during the trip so you can be enjoying the life of the Farallon Islands and not think about your camera.)
Please Note: Entrance is via the Academy's Staff and Research Entrance at the back door located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.
Reservations: Members $150 Non-Members $175 (Ages 14-17 with Guardian or 18+) 3 Hours on Saturday and 8 hours Boat trip on Sunday. Tickets must be purchase at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. To reserve a place today, buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Ticket includes all day admission to the Academy on Saturday.