Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve birds, other wildlife and their ecosystems through innovative scientific research and outreach.

The Farallon Islands lie 28 miles from San Francisco’s Golden Gate and in one of the most unforgiving stretches of open ocean, subject to fog, wind currents and large seas.  Since 1968 Point Reyes Bird Observatory scientists have been conducting research on Southeast Farallon Island (SEFI) in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

In the early 1970s, visionary mariners like the late Charlie Merrill of Sausalito, and Howard Allen of Belvedere, California, offered support for Point Blue's effort to launch long-term studies on the Farallones. They formed the Farallon Patrol to provide Point Blue's scientists with reliable transportation to the islands.

Ever since, the Farallon Patrol has conducted countless trips, carried tons of cargo, and covered thousands of miles across one of the most challenging stretches of water on the Pacific coast—in support of research and stewardship on the islands.

Sunrise at the marina, ready for a run. 

A patrol run at the Farallon Islands.