Mapping “California’s Galápagos” with Point Blue

May 06, 2016

Bently Foundation grantee Point Blue works with explorers who are mapping the Farallon Islands. 

The Farallones represent this true refuge, where these birds and marine mammals can come and be left alone. It’s a place where the wildlife reign supreme and the limited human activity is done in a way to minimize impacts on wildlife. Even though it’s only 30 miles from the city, it feels worlds away from the mainland.

Marty Schnure, Maps for Good

Point Blue is involved with a collaborative effort to create an interactive digital map that allows the public to explore the Farallon Island wildlife refuge from afar. 

The project is being spearheaded by Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue of Maps for Good. The two cartographers are National Geographic grantees, and they're collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as Bently Foundation grantee Point Blue, through this project. In addition to mapping the islands, they are working to document the lives of the men and women working in this extremely remote wildlife hotspot. 

Read about their adventures in the National Geographic Explorers Journal.

About Point Blue: Point Blue’s 140 scientists work to advance nature-based solutions to climate change through the conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships and outreach. We bring the science needed by wildlife and habitat managers to improve conservation outcomes for ecological and economic benefits. We educate school children and train budding ecologists, inspiring the next-generation of conservation leaders. Through our extensive collaboration with government agencies, private land owners, researchers and others we are helping ecosystems and people adapt to the changes ahead.