Since 1965, team members from Point Blue have been working diligently to protect and enhance nature with strong science and partnerships. The following is a sampling of some awards and accomplishments.
Awards, a sampling
The following awards signify Point Blue’s commitment to conservation and partnership!
- 2014 Partner of the Year Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- 2014 Wings Across the Americas for fostering international cooperation through the Migratory Shorebird Project
- 2013 Exceptional Environmental Educator Award from the Environmental Education Council of Marin to Laurette Rogers, Director, STRAW Program
- 2013 Special Achievement award from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to all Point Blue Farallon Biologists
- 2012 Bay Nature Local Hero Award for Conservation Advocacy to Ellie Cohen
- 2010 Recipient of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society’s Conservationist of the Year award
- 2010 Partners In Flight “Leadership Award” for ‘Outstanding Contributions to Bird Conservation’ from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to Geoff Geupel
- 2010 NRCS For Outstanding Partnership Award (Wetland Reserve Program 100,000-Acre Celebration) 2006 Senator Barbara Boxer Conservation Champion Award
- 2010 Standout Conservation Hero Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival for the STRAW Program
- 2009 Coastal America Partnership award for the Purisima Point Least Tern Management Team
- 2008 US Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Leadership Award to the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge for Environmental Management Systems
- 2007 Elizabeth Terwilliger Environmental Award – STRAW Program
- 2006 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals Certificate of Appreciation
- 2002 Partners In Flight “Leadership Award” from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to PRBO ,
- 2002 National “Outstanding Conservation Partner Award” from the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
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Accomplishments, a sampling
Point Blue team members have helped make the following conservation accomplishments possible:
- Establishing three national marine sanctuaries and an International Biosphere Preserve;
- Designating San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley (CA) ricelands as vital habitat for shorebirds through the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, advancing conservation of these critical regions;
- Establishing the 1993 California law protecting white sharks, a vital top predator in marine ecosystem dynamics;
- Ending gill net fishing, halting catastrophic mortality of seabirds & marine mammals off California’s central coast;
- Establishing new guidelines on commercial fishing for squid in California waters to protect breeding seabirds; and,
- Protecting and restoring Mono Lake (a vital bird breeding and migratory stopover site in the Eastern Sierras).
- Establishing a Central California Coast Biosphere Reserve, resolution adopted by the California Senate and California Assembly in 1989, dedicating approximately 1,000,000 acres of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties, along with 30 square miles of Pacific coastal marine resources as the Central California Coast Biosphere Reserve.
- Leading the development of seven Bird Conservation Plans for California Partners In Flight
- Working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and the California Rice Commission we helped 226 rice growers secure over $10 million in Farm Bill funds to implement bird-friendly practices on 112, 500 acres on California ricelands.
- Publishing the first ever State of the Birds Report for San Francisco Bay, in partnership with the SF Bay Joint Venture and researchers from around SF Bay.
- Establishing the Migratory Shorebird Project, a 10-country, multi-partner project to help guide shorebird conservation from Alaska to Peru through research for conservation.
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