Año Nuevo Natural Reserve

Fast Facts

Administering Campus: UCSC manages site within the larger Año Nuevo State Reserve, which is owned and operated by California State Parks.
Location: San Mateo County, near the Santa Cruz County line;
1 km (0.62 mi.) offshore of Point Año Nuevo.
Size:
10 hectares (25 acres)
Elevation: 0 to 13 m (0 to 40 ft.)
Average Precipitation: 50 cm (20 in.) per year
Average Temperature: 15 ºC (59 ºF)

Link to Año Nuevo Reserve website

Forty-six miles south of San Francisco and the Golden Gate, a low, rocky, windswept point juts out into the Pacific Ocean. Just offshore from Point Año Nuevo, the Año Nuevo Island Reserve is a 25-acre portion of the 4,000-acre Año Nuevo State Reserve, all of which is owned and operated by California State Parks. The island contains nesting colonies of sea birds, including the rhinoceros auklet, Cassin’s auklet, Brandt’s cormorant, black oystercatcher, and western gull. It also serves as a breeding ground for northern elephant seals, harbor seals, California sea lions, and federally threatened Steller sea lions. Northern fur seals and federally threatened southern sea otters are occasional visitors. Due to the highly sensitive habitats and protected marine mammals at the island, reserve use is restricted.