Point Blue scientists and educators are always generating new findings and stories from our climate-smart conservation programs. We make every attempt to share them with our members, partners, funders and the public through our newsletter, news releases, and other outreach programs.

Recent Media Coverage and Highlights

Fire

Rim Fire Gives Opportunity to Restore Forest Differently
January 2014, National Geographic

Point Blue Scientists speak about how our science can inform post-fire forest management.  After fiery devastation comes rebirth, but in the case of last summer's massive Rim Fire in California, just how that regrowth is best accomplished remains a hot topic.  Read more.

Scientists to study area burned by Rim Fire
November 5, 2013, Central Valley Business Times

Scientists plan to study 70 sites around Yosemite National Park that were burned in the “Rim” fire this summer.  Read more.


KCBS News Radio story
November 5, 2013


Whales

Whale Spotter App to help curb strikes by ships 
September 30, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle

Smartphones, which have already revolutionized world communications, are now on track to save the whales.  Read More..


Whale Sightings, There's an app for that 
September 20, 2013, NBC News

Point Blue researchers, hoping to steer commercial ships clear of feeding whales off the coast of Northern California have developed a new app, to help share the location of feeding whales with mariners.  Read More..


Feds to reroute S.F. Bay ships to help protect whales 
July 13, 2012, USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Scientists studying the carcass of a 47-foot fin whale that washed up on a beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore last month found the creature's spine and ribs severed, likely from the propeller of one of the huge cargo ships that sail those waters.


Snowy Plover

Lucky plover: Threatened shorebirds gets help from researchers, aquarium program  
August 8, 2013, Santa Cruz Sentinel

MOSS LANDING -- The three tiny western snowy plovers hopped out of the crate and onto the sand at Moss Landing State Beach mid-morning Thursday.  The aquarium has been working with Point Blue Conservation Science to release birds raised in captivity for the past 15 years.  Read More..


Seaside elementary students help Snowy Plover with art, KSBW, Monterey  
August 6, 2013, KSBW TV News

On August 8, 2013, biologists from Point Blue Conservation Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium will release three captive-reared Western Snowy Plovers at Moss Landing State Beach.  The three birds represent an opportunity to increase the population of this threatened bird species.


First Snowy Plovers to nest at Stinson Beach in over 30 years! 
June 26, 2013, Bay Nature Magazine

This year, a tiny shorebird that lives on sandy beaches returned to some of its former breeding locales for the first time in decades – in one instance spawning a science mystery story.  Read More..


Farallones

Two choices in Farallon mice overpopulation 
August 16, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle

The draft environmental report on the controversial Farallon mouse eradication program gives the option of exterminating tens of thousands of mice on the island chain using one of two powerful rodenticides or doing nothing.  Read More..


Songbirds

Tracking Migrating Swainson’s Thrushes 
June 27, 2013, Point Reyes Light

When Point Blue avian ecologist Renée Cormier sat down in her Palomarin Field Station office on Monday to talk about the implications of a recently published study she co-authored on Swainson’s thrushes, she didn’t tell a woe-is-the-species story.  Read More...


Wrentits: High-fidelity in the coastal scrub 
June 30, 2013, Bay Nature Magazine

This spring, field biologists with Point Blue Conservation Science found the first wrentit egg on April 1, one of only a handful so early in 34 years of study.  Read More...