Año Nuevo Island

Año Nuevo Island (Año Nuevo is Spanish for New Year) is a small island off Año Nuevo Point on the coast of Northern California, between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The island has an area of 9 acres (3.6 ha).[1] It is an important breeding site for northern elephant seals and the endangered Steller's sea lion, as well as several species of seabirds, including rhinoceros auklets, Brandt's cormorants and western gulls. Due to the number of seals and sea lions, great white sharks are frequently spotted patrolling the waters around the island. It is protected as part of the Año Nuevo State Reserve.[2][3]

Año Nuevo State Marine Conservation Area and Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area are two adjoining protected marine areas off the coast of Año Nuevo State Park. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems. The waters of Año Nuevo State Marine Conservation Area surround Año Nuevo Island.

Año Nuevo Island
Año Nuevo Island off Año Nuevo South Point
Aerial view of Año Nuevo Island, 2009
Año Nuevo Island is located in California
Año Nuevo Island
Año Nuevo Island
Año Nuevo Island is located in the United States
Año Nuevo Island
Año Nuevo Island
Coordinates37°06′30″N 122°20′16″W / 37.1083°N 122.3378°WCoordinates: 37°06′30″N 122°20′16″W / 37.1083°N 122.3378°W
Total islands1
Area0.0364217 km2 (0.0140625 sq mi)
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation
Ano Nuevo Island
Abandoned buildings on Año Nuevo Island, photographed in 2005.


As recently as the 18th century, what is today Año Nuevo Island was a peninsula. It became separated from the mainland by a channel that continues to widen. The island is mainly made up of Miocene shale and deposits from ancient dunes, along with a broad intertidal shelf and low, rocky islets, all of which are frequently altered by the erosive pounding of waves, particularly during winter storms.[4]


Año Nuevo Island is managed by the University of California Natural Reserve System under an agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation.[2][3] The Año Nuevo Island Reserve, including the island and surrounding waters, comprises 25 of the 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) of the Año Nuevo State Reserve, the rest of which is on the mainland opposite the island.[3]

Access and facilities

Access to Año Nuevo Island is restricted to members of approved research teams;[2] the island is closed to the public.[5] The island has a few abandoned buildings built in the late 19th century. A residential home and foghorn station, all abandoned, are located on the island. The original light tower was deliberately toppled early in the first decade of the 21st century as it began to deteriorate and became a hazard to the resident wildlife. Some of the remaining buildings are used as research facilities.


Año Nuevo Island is a haul-out site for thousands of California sea lions. Over the past several decades, they have caused extensive damage to native plants and auklet burrows. In 2010, a conservation non-profit organization, Oikonos, started a restoration project to reduce sea lion trampling, re-grow native plants, and help the auklet populations.[6]

In Literature

  • New Year Island (novel) is a 2013 fiction thriller by Paul Draker, set on modern-day Año Nuevo Island.

See also


  1. ^ "When Was the Land Purchased?". CA State Parks. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Año Nuevo «  UCSC Natural Reserves". ucsantacruz.ucnrs.org. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Año Nuevo Island Reserve". Natural Reserve System. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Geology". CA State Parks. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Año Nuevo SP". CA State Parks. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "Año Nuevo Island". oikonos.org. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
Año Nuevo

Año Nuevo means New Year in the Spanish language, and refers to New Year's Eve in Latin American countries.

Año Nuevo State Park

Año Nuevo State Park is a state park of California, USA, encompassing Año Nuevo Island and Año Nuevo Point, which are known for their pinniped rookeries. Located in San Mateo County, the low, rocky, windswept point juts out into the Pacific Ocean about 55 miles (89 km) south of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve, formerly a separate unit of the California state park system, was merged into Año Nuevo State Park in October 2008. The coastal geographic center, or coastal-midpoint of California is located at the Northern end of this park at N 37°09′58″, W 122°21'40", as the absolute geographic center of California falls at N 37°09′58″, W 119°26′58″W.The reserve contains a diversity of plant communities, including old growth forest, freshwater marsh, red alder riparian forest and knobcone pine forest. Its four perennial streams support steelhead and coho salmon, and its wetlands are habitat to the rare San Francisco garter snake and California red-legged frog. Cultural resources include the remnants of a prehistoric Native American village site and a number of structures from the 19th century Cascade Ranch. In conjunction with adjacent and nearby public lands, the unit permits the protection of important regional ecological corridors.

The point remains undeveloped, much as Sebastián Vizcaíno saw it from his passing ship in 1603.

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It extends from the city of Monterey to Seaside.

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New Year Island

New Year Island may refer to:

Año Nuevo Island, California

Islas Año Nuevo, Argentina

Isla de Año Nuevo, name variant of Isla Observatorio, Argentina

New Year Island (Northern Territory)

New Year Island (Western Australia)

New Year Island (New Zealand)

New Years Island, New York

New Year Island (Tasmania)

Mejit Island, Marshall Islands, called Neujahrsinsel by the German navigator Otto von Kotzebue in 1817

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The Quail Ridge Reserve is administered by the University of California, Davis, and is a unit of the University of California Natural Reserve System.The habitat protected is of the California interior chaparral and woodlands plant community. Quail Ridge Reserve is also the location of QuRiNet, a wireless mesh network.

Rebar art and design studio

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