***SOLD OUT - We hit our capacity of 30 people.***
Conservation Photography Class & Excursion
In Partnership with the Oceanic Society
Whales, Birds & Life of the Farallon Islands
Gary Sharlow, Photographer, Education Manager
Izzy Szczepaniak, Marine Biologist
Sat Oct 5 1:00pm Talk at the Academy (ends at 4pm)
Sun Oct 6 7:30am Meet at the Boat in SF (4pm return)
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 give a presentation about the research that he does on the marine life that make the Farallon Islands home… or at least a stop over in their annual migrations. This one hour presentation will be followed by a photography how to presentation by photographer Gary Sharlow who 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 Business and Staff Entrance at the back door located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Reservations: This event is sold out. Thank you!