WERC Seabird Biologists on False Klamath Rock
USGS biologists with the Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) climb the upper slopes of False Klamath Rock, off the California coast. They are deploying acoustic monitoring devices near potential nests of storm-petrels on offshore rocks within the California Coastal National Monument. The scientists’ goal is to learn more about storm-petrel nesting sites, and the night-time behavior of storm-petrels visiting different rocks throughout their range. These data are helping land and wildlife managers with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and other agencies conserve healthy seabird populations throughout the California Current.