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Whales, Birds & Life of the Farallon Islands

***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!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well presented.Great info given by folks that know their stuff.
    They did a great job of explaining and took the time to make sure everyone was up to speed before going to the next batch of info

    October 5, 2013

  • Kimberly Coleman P.

    I see that several of our group found out that Gary is the man! I am going early, when the doors open, to explore before the class. Haven't been there in a long time. Anyone who wants to carpool or meet at the door... this weekend is going to be great!

    October 4, 2013

    • Kimberly Coleman P.

      The building opens at 9:30 am and closes at 5 pm. I f we leave at 8:30 we should do OK. I have directions printed out.

      October 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Since My company pays for gas, I'll drive again if you will meet me near my apt and park. Broadway plaza parking deck will be safe
      IF parking cost -you cover it
      Pretty good deal?!

      October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So excited about this !!!!

    October 4, 2013

  • Kimberly Coleman P.

    I signed up for this class directly through the Conservation side... before joining your group. So, if anyone is carpooling- please call me. Again, I'll pay for gas!

    October 1, 2013

  • Kimberly Coleman P.

    I live in Concord- looking for a driver to the class and boat. I'll pay for gas!

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just tried to by a ticket. Says nothing available
    I should have tried earlier
    Gary--thanks

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gary--thanks for all the help
      You went over and above --I TRULY APPRECIATE IT !!!!

      September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gary

      September 23, 2013

  • Zhijian Q.

    I would like to purchase the ticket, but was not able to get it. It said sold out. Is the event fully booked already?

    September 23, 2013

  • Aurora C.

    Hi Gary - are there any more tickets available? I ran into the same issue as Mike did last night. -Aurora.

    September 19, 2013

    • Gary S.

      Hey Aurora ... there are still tickets available. see note to Mike below... checking into it.

      September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I got mine about an hour ago

      September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll buy my ticket tonight
    I have a class right after work

    September 18, 2013

  • Gary S.

    Hi Mike,

    Welcome to the group! We have a few tickets left for this one. The ticket link is at the bottom of the description. Hope to see you there!

    ~gary

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Must be sold out--Just tried to buy a ticket. Says not available--1:45

      September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've recently joined this group and have not had the pleasure of making it to a meet up yet
    I'd love to go on this one
    Are there any more Seats available? If so I'll get on the second I receive a response
    THANKS !!!!

    September 17, 2013

  • Gary S.

    Hi Sallie.. Yes. See you there.
    We now have 16 signed up!
    Only a few seats left...

    September 10, 2013

  • Sallie

    Did you get my reservation? I signed up.

    September 9, 2013

  • Gary S.

    Hi Harriet,

    Sorry you can't make it. If there is enough interest in it this time, I will certainly do it again. So fingers crossed that lots of people signup!

    ~gary

    August 26, 2013

  • Harriet

    I'm so sorry that I can't attend this event. Is there any chance that we will have an opportunity to attend in the future?

    August 25, 2013

  • Gary S.

    Hi Pat,

    We are not planning to land on the islands. We will be on a large fishing boat that comfortably holds 50 people. I took this trip last month and it was amazing! Hope to see you there!

    Best,
    gary

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gary, Will they be landing on the Islands or just a boat ride? What kind of boat?

    August 9, 2013

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