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PostSubject: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:27 am

As the title says, I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands in July.  The farallons are one of the most protected islands in the U.S.A., and you can not set foot on the land unless you have very specific research and lots and lots of very hard to get paperwork.  

They are 27 miles off the coast almost straight east of San Francisco and what makes them so special is they have the largest population of breeding seabirds in the Pacific Ocean!  Not only are birds seen but there are 4 species of whales, dolphins, porpoise, seals, sealions, including the endangered Steller's and endangered California fur seals.

I decided to make a refrigerator magnet to commemorate the trip, which is sponsored by the Sacramento Audubon society.  I picked tufted puffins and rhinoceros auklets and sculpted a small scene.  Here it is, hope you enjoy...
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:03 am

Wow wow wow, wonderful bird Phil. I think your trip is very very interesting and i hope you have a phantastic time there:)

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:19 am

Wow, how great that you're going to see such a wonderful place. Have a beautiful time! cheers Wow, so many animals to see!!!  sunny 

The little scene is very cute and nicely done Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:47 am

The most fantastic trip one could even dream about  affraid 
What an awesome opportunity, - so you will be one of the few people on earth who is visting this strange, wild, remote place ! cheers 
I am sure you will have the time of your life Very Happy 

The little scenery is awesome ! Applause  

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:40 pm

Enjoy your trip Phil - sounds very exclusive. I think you'll be in your element! Cool little memento also  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:48 pm

Beautiful travel away from it all and enjoy watching wild. Precious little scene too !! Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:53 pm

Wow, this is fantastic! It sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity, I'm glad you are able to go! cheers

The magnet is beautiful as well  Applause Very nice work!

I hope, if you are allowed, you may share photos with us of the Farralon Islands.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:41 pm

Wow, that's amazing! So many animals to see! Congrats and beautiful magnet! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:54 pm

Great little scene Phil, the puffins look great and so does the rock work. Hopefully your trip will provide inspiration and reference for your future dioramas.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:38 pm

I will post lots of photos as long as the weather and seas are good, but I think I gave the wrong impression, I don't have permission to go onshore.  We can approach the island, but they will not give anyone but the very few who have a specific reason permits to set foot on the island, so while the trip will be an incredible opportunity to view the birds and marine mammals anyone with a boat, compass and a map can do what we are doing!  This trip is sponsored by the Audubon Society and includes 30 people, mostly biologists and photographers but also 5 guests, one of which will be me.  I was invited because of my knowledge on both the shore birds of California and the toothed dolphins, even though my studies were not in marine mammals what I went to school and studied was the relationships between closely related groups of animals like dolphins and porpoises or sealions and fur seals.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:28 pm

I'm sure you will have a great day and I can't wait to see your pics. Even if you can't go on the isle, it will be something.

15 years ago I went by boat near a Big colony of Northen gannet in Bretagne and I never forget the thousands of bird shouts and the basking sharks around us  Very Happy 

I imagine your journey will be much more fabulous than that  cheers 

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going on a trip to the farallon Islands next month   Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:40 pm

Oh wow, what fun. Cannot wait for pictures.  bounce Have a great time!

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