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  • August2007web
    and sea lions and hundreds of thousands of birds oh my On July 28th an intrepid group of wildlife enthusiasts left the Marina Harbor in route to the Farallon Islands aboard the SuperFish with veteran captain Mick Menigoz and naturalist and marine biologist Carol Keiper Though the seas were rough the passengers were rewarded by an amazing display of wildlife Just north of the islands they could see hundreds of sea lions porpoising in the surf while seabirds dove raucously from above Then in their midst five blows humpback whales Continued Squid Invasion Red Devils of the Sea Come North Off the coast of Baja California in Mexico a net full of squid has just been hauled aboard a fishing vessel and is now suspended above the hold Something seems strange when you realize that these squid aren t just passively sitting in the net awaiting to be unloaded but are actually eating each other inside the net A marine biologist from Florida who witnessed this cannibalistic scene while studying the Humboldt squid off of Baja California in the early 1980 s remarked that if anything would have fallen in the net of Humboldt squid including a human it would have been devoured instantly Humboldt squid also known as Jumbo squid grow up to seven feet long have eight arms covered with teeth lined suckers and have powerful beaks that are capable of ripping off orange sized chunks of flesh from anything they can get a hold of Continued Our Future Sanctuary Stewards Mid August marks the end of Sanctuary Explorers Camp where young curious kids from diverse San Francisco backgrounds come to Crissy Field to learn about the ocean and marine conservation issues Each summer FMSA supported by the Department of Children Youth their Families offers the camp to

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  • July2007web
    Peter Winch at pwinch farallones org or 415 561 6625 ext 310 August 30 Discussion on the Future of Seafood with Paul Johnson and Ed Uebers 12 Noon at the Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco Donate to FMSA Today An Evening with Sharks On Thursday July 19th David McGuire will be showing his film Sharks Stewards of the Reef at the Sports Basement in the Presidio The film examines the escalating threats to Pacific reef shark populations including habitat destruction of reef ecosystems and over fishing These acts are causing Pacific reef shark populations to plummet The most brutal assault threatening shark abundance is that of finning sharks for shark fin soup The film includes compelling interviews with leading marine biologists and conservationists revealing the driving forces behind the drastic reduction of many shark populations FMSA Executive Director Linda Hunter sat down with filmmaker David McGuire to talk about his film how and why he got involved in the sharks world and what can be done to protect these indispensable top predators Continued Bottlenose Dolphins Splash Through SF Bay If you re surfing at Ocean Beach and see a gray dorsal fin rise out of the water look twice before you panic it may only be a bottlenose dolphin trying to catch a wave Long considered a tropical species bottlenose dolphins have been journeying more and more into Bay Area waters In the past month alone there have been numerous sightings just off the FMSA office at Crissy Field Bottlenose Dolphins range all over the Pacific from South America to Southern California but not until the El Niño of 1983 were they spotted off the Northern California coast Aboard a whale watching cruise in the Gulf of the Farallones during the 1982 83 El Nino event several marine life enthusiasts

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  • June2007web
    Sports Basement shopping party to benefit FMSA You will receive a 15 discount on all merchandise Refreshments will be served For more information contact Susanna Beck at 415 561 6625 x315 or sbeck farallones org July 28 Come whale watching out to the Farallon Islands with us Donate to FMSA today Discover your Marine Sanctuary Humpback whales elephant seals hundreds of thousands of seabirds all in your backyard Two errant humpback whales nicknamed Delta and Dawn by an adoring public garnered international attention when they meandered up the delta all the way to Sacramento a few weeks ago It s great news that this story had a happy ending and the humpback whales have returned to the Pacific Ocean We re hopeful that the attention lavished on these leviathans will encourage more Bay Area residents to consider the amazing wildlife and habitat in their own backyard Delta and Dawn join many other endangered marine mammals in the fertile and wild waters of the marine sanctuary just off our shore where a veritable Serengeti of wildlife feed breed and thrive Continued FMSA Teams Up with Genentech s Green Genes Last month Genentech hit the beach Their grassroots volunteer team Green Genes joined FMSA staff in Half Moon Bay and swept across Dunes Beach collecting trash and debris Blue skies abounded on Saturday May 12th and the biotech greenies and their families enjoyed a beautiful sunny day on the coast The volunteers were first briefed on the impacts debris has on the marine environment Then they all set out in teams of four to clean up the trash Cigarette butts and Styrofoam were the most common forms of litter found on Dunes Beach Continued A Rare Chance to Protect Our North Coast As residents of the Redwood Empire our spectacular coastline is

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  • May2007web
    today Of Mice and Birds Fall on the Farallon Islands is well known for bird migration and feeding white sharks For people living on the island it is also known as mouse season when mice scurry under foot and every night is another opportunity for one to run across your head while you sleep Inconvenience and human sanitation however are not the reasons the US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed eradicating mice from the South Farallon Islands The Farallon Islands are part of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge managed by USFWS to protect and enhance the wildlife that depends on Refuge lands to breed and rest It is the intent of the service to provide the best habitat conditions possible for seabirds and pinnipeds Refuge management has been attempting to control non native plants since the 1980 s with some successes and some failures House mice are the last remaining non native mammal other than humans cats and rabbits were removed in the 1970 s The mice were introduced early in the sequence of human inhabitation Continued Celebrate Endangered Species Day On May 1st 2007 the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring May 18th Endangered Species Day Zoos aquariums parks wildlife refuges schools museums libraries conservation organizations and community groups across the country are planning events to protect our nation s wildlife fish and plants on the brink of extinction Endangered Species Day will provide opportunities for young people students and the general public to learn more about the more than 1 800 species in the U S and abroad which are designated as at risk for extinction said Senator Dianne Feinstein who led the effort to pass the resolution Continued What s in the Water Dreaming of cervezas and a Mariachi band a group of volunteers

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  • April2007web
    sbeck farallones org Donate to FMSA Today SF Supes Vote to Ban Plastic Bags in Stores Our Executive Director Linda Hunter sat down with Supervisor Mirkarimi to discuss his seminal legislation banning plastic bags in San Francisco LH Congratulations Supervisor Mirkarimi on the passage of this wonderful new law Can you give us a short history of the effort to make this legislation law RM The idea had been percolating among disparate groups that I ve been working with over the years When I was elected as District 5 Supervisor in 2005 I sought to advance a similar version of this legislation The City entered into an agreement with the supermarket industry in 2006 to institute a voluntary effort to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags by 10 million bags per year Not only did the agreement fail but the California Grocer Industry disingenuously engineered the passage of legislation in Sacramento designed to prohibit California cities from instituting a bag tax as well as impeding cities from requesting bag data inventory is treated with high level intel Continued Discovering Our Sanctuary Gazos Creek Beach Whether it s a sea otter cracking open a clam on its belly or a flock of pelicans gliding over a rising swell there is so much to explore in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary In this and upcoming issues of Upwelling we will visit some of the wonderful places in our Sanctuary so you in turn can go out and discover our ocean wilderness Fifty miles south of San Francisco along the majestic Highway 1 lies Gazos Creek Beach This beautiful stretch of coastline is home to over a hundred species of birds Chinook salmon and steelhead trout run up the creek each season and harbor seals haul out on the

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  • March2007web
    April 11 Public Symposium on Climate Change at the Pallace of Fine Arts in San Francisco April 12 Discover Your Marine Sanctuary Free Evening Lecture 7 9 pm The Intertidal Drama Life and Death Love and Sex Pt Montara Lighthouse Montara San Mateo Tom Niesen Marine Invertebrate Biologist April 14 Tidepooling at Fizgerald Marine Reserve 1 3 pm Explore life on underneath and between the rocks with Marine Invertebrate Biologist Tom Niesen April 29 The Gray Whales are coming Murres are prospecting for nests Join our whale watching trip to the Farallons Jennifer Stock Education and Outreach Coordinator for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is the host for Ocean Currents a new radio show on KWMR 90 5 FM Point Reyes Station 89 3 Bolinas and live on the web at www KWMR org The show is once a month every fourth Thursday from 5 30 6 30PM and will reveal the amazing science and mysteries that marine biologists are discovering All Spring Long Learn about our amazing Sanctuary through the Point Reyes Field Seminars Got Raffle Prizes FMSA is now taking donations for the annual OceanFest raffle In past years raffle winners have won weekend get aways meals at great local restaurants and even a trip to Baja with Blue Waters Kayaking Please contact Susanna Beck at 415 561 6625 x 315 or sbeck farallones org with any donations Donate to FMSA today To write a letter to the editor just reply to the Upwelling email Tarballs Wash up on Sanctuary Beaches Nothing can ruin a beautiful walk on the beach like coming across a dead bird covered in oil In the beginning of February Beach Watch volunteers started noticing tarballs and oil covered birds during their monthly beach surveys Sarah Lenz a Beach Watch volunteer and ranger at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve noted All along the wrack line were continuous tarballs ranging from the size of a pencil eraser to over 5 inches I have never seen so many tarballs in the three years I have worked at Fitzgerald Tarballs are dark sticky remnants of oil that can be as small as a coin or weigh many pounds As oil floats on the surface of the ocean its physical characteristics change a process called weathering In some instances tarballs can remain buried on a beach and be re exposed after storms This is especially the case at two beaches in Point Reyes National Seashore Drakes East and Limantour West where surveyors constantly encounter old weathered tarballs Continued Northern Fur Seals Rebounding in the Farallones Two centuries ago hundreds of thousands of northern fur seals lived bred and reared their young in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Then in the early 1800 s British Russian and American hunters discovered their thick luxurious pelts with over 350 000 hairs per square inch and within a few decades all of the seals were either slaughtered or had fled In the early 1970 s after almost a century and a

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  • February2007web
    Kayak with the whales and dolphins in Baja Blue Waters and Sea Trek have amazing week long expeditions from late February to mid April Donate to FMSA Today Are you 70 years old or older During 2007 you can send your required minimum distribution from your IRA to FMSA without paying income tax on it Please contact Susanna Beck to take advantage of this limited time opportunity 415 561 6625 ex 315 or sbeck farallones org Killer Whales Hunting off the Farallon Islands On January 24 a large group of killer whales orcas were sighted in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary The visiting black and white whales were spotted by the captain and passengers aboard the Superfish on a trip to the Farallon Islands Two of the whales photographed by Sandra Cannon from SFBAY Images were identified by the saddle patch behind their dorsal fin as K20 a 20 year old mother from the K pod and her 3 year old calf K38 The K pod is one of three pods K L and J who make up the Southern Resident killer whales from the Pacific Northwest s San Juan Islands Continued Restore the Sanctuary s Budget The newly elected 110th Congress faces a momentous choice as they consider the FY 08 budget Congress can continue their predecessors six year pattern of relentless and damaging cuts to the federal programs that protect our air water climate wildlife and public lands Or they can choose to reverse that trend and begin to restore funding to key environmental protection and conservation programs The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is responsible for refining scientific understanding of climate change and its impacts managing and conserving our oceans expanding scientific exploration and ocean observation sustaining coastal economies and forecasting our weather Yet

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  • January2007web
    and Sea Trek have amazing week long expeditions from late February to mid April Gulf of the Farallones Research Course April 21 22 2007 Board the 133ft oceanographic research vessel White Holly to learn methods of oceanographic research and marine wildlife observation As one of 12 students in a 2 day overnight intensive scientific research course you will learn why thousands of birds and marine mammals come to this area to feed and breed Course Outline Donate Today Did you know that many companies match the donations made by their employees Matching gifts are a wonderful way for the organizations you care about to get an additional donation from you Gore Urges AGU Scientists to Speak Up on Global Warming The Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union AGU may seem like a yawner to the average non scientist but it was the hottest ticket in town this December Approximately 15 000 students and earth scientists including many of the world s most important climate scientists came together to share their ideas findings and research Continued San Francisco Ocean Film Festival January 20 21 2007 Join us at the fourth annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival January 20 21 2007 The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival celebrates the sea with inspirational films that increase our appreciation of the oceans and the marine environment Among this year s offerings SEAS OF CHANGE USA Continued Año Nuevo Sex Fights and a Raucous Roll Every winter thousands of northern elephant seals haul their heavy bodies out of the frigid Pacific to join the dry land festivities of birthing and mating season Hundreds of seals climb out onto the shores of the Farallon Islands while others seek the secluded beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore However the best place in the Bay Area to

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