Conservation Photography Class & Excursion
Whales, Birds & Life of the Farallon Islands
Gary Sharlow, Photographer, Education Manager
Kathi Koontz, National Marine Fisheries Service
Sat Oct 4th 1pm - 4pm at the Academy
Sun Oct 5 Boat Excursion 8am - 4pm out of Sausalito
***There are 3 seats left (As of 9.21.14)***
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. Just 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco, the Farallon Islands 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. Twenty three species of marine mammals, including eighteen species of whales and dolphins, can be found here. The refuge is the largest seabird rookery in the contiguous US 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.
On Saturday, we will gather at the Academy to learn about the history of the marine protected zone and the animals that inhabit these waters. You learn the art of taking pictures on a moving boat and get the best tips for being ready for when that whale breaks the surface. We’ll also discuss what it means to be a conservation photographer and feature examples of story telling techniques. On Sunday, we’ll hop aboard the boat and head out into the open ocean, just off our coast, and into the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Please Note: Entrance is via the Academy's Staff and Research Entrance at the back door located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.
Reservations: Members $150 Non-Members $175 (Ages 14-17 with Guardian or 18+) Please purchase your tickets by Sept 25th. To reserve a place today, buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Ticket includes all day admission to the Academy on Saturday.