Alcatraz Island seabirds in the press

FI scientist Heather Robinson was recently interviewed for an article in Audubon Magazine about the seabirds of Alcatraz Island.  The article details the colony and its history, explaining how the seabirds returned to breed on the island following the closure of the famous prison.  Through tours, people can have a unique birding experience on Alcatraz.  Heather Robinson closely monitors the bird populations on the island and disturbances to them, and that work is detailed here.  This year there were healthy populations of western gulls and record high numbers of breeding Brandt's cormorants.

 Brandt's cormorant

Brandt's cormorant