Join us on July 16, 2020, 7PM, for a webinar hosted by Marin Audubon Society to learn about the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Plan to restore the ecosystem of this globally important wildlife refuge by removing the introduced house mice. Attend the webinar to hear how you can help restore this unique ecosystem.
Registration is required. You may register up to the time of the event.
Presentations will be made by scientists and land managers experienced with the Island’s wildlife and the Restoration Plan:
• Gerry McChesney, Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
• Winston Vickers, DVM, MPVM, University of California, Davis
• Peter Warzybok, Farallones Program Leader, Point Blue Conservation Science
• Roger Harris, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Oceanic Society
• Anna Weinstein, Ocean Resources Director, National Audubon Society, as MC
The Farallon Islands host the largest seabird rookery in the lower 48 states – 25 % of California’s seabirds (more than 350,000 individuals of 13 species) breed on the islands. Non-native house mice threaten native seabirds as well as endemic salamanders, crickets, and plants. The mice attract Burrowing Owls, that prey on Ashy Storm-Petrels and Leach’s Storm Petrels, after the mouse population seasonally crashes, pushing the storm-petrels on a population trajectory towards extinction. Mice also eat other species. Nearly half of the world’s population of the rare Ashy Storm Petrel nests on the Farallones.
A major decision is pending.