310 Harbor Dr, Sausalito, Ca
Please join SF Bay American Cetacean Society and Oceanic Society for our annual Farallon Islands Whale Watching Trips August 24th and September 15th!
Oceanic Society is being gracious in giving our SF Bay ACS members a discount of $110 per person and a donation to our student research grant fund!
You MUST CALL or EMAIL the office (CANNOT get discount online) to receive this discount and tell them you are a SF Bay ACS member of our chapter.
If you are not a member it’s easy to join. Just go to: www.acs-sfbay.org, click on membership, and sign up online as a SF Bay ACS member!
Please call or email: Lindsey Roberts, Marine Programs coordinator Oceanic Society @ [masked] or [masked]
BLUE & HUMPBACK WHALES
The Farallon Islands, just 27 miles off 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.
Each trip is led by an expert naturalistwho assists with locating whales, identifying seabirds and other marine life, and who provide informative presentations throughout the trip on the islands and marine ecology of the area.
Bird and Marine Mammal Calendar
Spring- Summer (April-Aug): Western Grebes; Black-footed Albatrosses; Northern Fulmars; Pink-footed, Buller’s, Sooty Shearwaters; Ashy Storm-Petrels; Brown Pelicans; Double-crested, Brandt’s, Pelagic Cormorants; Black Oystercatchers; Red-necked, Red Phalaropes; Pomarine, Parasitic Jaegers; South Polar Skuas; Heermann’s, Herring, Western, Sabine’s Gulls; Caspian, Elegant, Common, Arctic, Forster’s Terns; Common Murres; Pigeon Guillemots; Xantus’s, Craveri’s, Marbled (rare) Murrelets; Cassin’s, Rhinoceros Auklets; Tufted Puffins. Tufted Puffins and general bird diversity better in May/June/early July.
Fall (Sep-Nov): Red-throated, Pacific, Common Loons; Eared, Western, Clark’s Grebes; Black-footed Albatrosses; Northern Fulmars; Pink-footed, Buller’s, Sooty, Black-vented Shearwaters; Ashy, Wilson’s (rare) Storm-Petrels; Brown Pelicans; Double-crested, Brandt’s, Pelagic Cormorants; Black, Surf, White-winged Scoters; Black Oystercatchers; Red-necked, Red Phalaropes; Ruddy Turnstones; Pomarine, Parasitic Jaegars; South Polar Skuas; Bonaparte’s, Heermann’s, Mew, Ring-billed, California, Herring, Western, Glaucous-winged, Sabine’s Gulls; Caspian, Elegant, Arctic, Forster’s Terns; Cassin’s, Rhinoceros Auklets; Peregrin Falcon.
Marine mammals are found both in the summer and fall. Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales; Risso’s Dolphin, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Northern Right Whale Dolphin; Harbor and Dall’s Porpoises. California and Steller Sea Lions; Northern Elephant Seal, Northern Fur Seal, Harbor Seal, Sea Otter also possible.
Full-day whale watching cruises depart from San Francisco at 8:00am, and from Sausalito at 7:15 a.m. aboard the 56-foot Salty Lady, aCoast Guard certified vessel on Saturdays and Sundays, and select Fridays, from mid-May through November.
Farallon Islands whale watching participants will receive a free DVD, Farallon Islands: Past, Present and Future. Produced by the Oceanic Society in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the film provides a virtual walking tour of the islands, introducing the viewer to the islands' researchers, refuge staff and former residents as they provide first-hand insights about the wildlife, history , and current conservation efforts. The DVD will be distributed aboard the vessel.
San Francisco Yacht Harbor, Marina Blvd. & Scott St. Reminder: Check-in time is 7:30 a.m., and the boat leaves at 8:00 a.m.
Sausalito Clipper Yacht Harbor on Harbor Drive. Reminder: check-in time is at 7:00 a.m., and the boat leaves at 7:15 a.m.
Duration: Approximately 8 hours. In order to visit the whale "hot spots,"including the Continental shelf, and have enough time to observe the wildlife at the islands, an 8-hour trip is required.
Itinerary: Under the Golden Gate Bridge and west to the Farallon Islands. Weather permitting; we visit the Continental Shelf to search for deep water whales.
Vessel: Certified 56-foot Salty Lady. Our whale watching vessel offers an observation deck, indoor seating salon (limited indoor seating) and bathroom. Our captains are experienced in nature cruises.
Passenger maximum: 48.
Clothing: Warm, layers with water-proof outerwear for sea spray recommended.
Parking: Parking is free in San Francisco and Sausalito
Food & Refreshments:Bring lunch and beverages.
Age Restrictions: Age minimum 10; an adult must accompany youths under 15.
TRIPS GO RAIN OR SHINE!
Most trips will benefit from the participation of a Cascadia Research Collective researcher who will be on board to collect data on humpback and blue whale distribution. Cascadia's work on blue whales was recently featured inNational Geographic Society's Magazine. See their website: ww.cascadiaresearch.org/Dome.htm
The Oceanic Society, a nonprofit organization,was commended by the California State Senate for its public education service through Whale Watch and Farallon Islands programs. In cooperation with Cascadia Research, the Oceanic Society sponsors long-term humpback whale research in the Gulf of the Farallones. Since 1972, Oceanic Society has sponsored educational natural history encounters for over 140,000 people. Program revenues benefit environmental education and conservation research.
For recorded information on Oceanic Society's current sightings of wildlife please call the sightings hotline: [masked]
We look forward to seeing you on board and sharing this special trip with you!
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.