The Point Blue Quarterly, published four times a year, highlights our strategic programs, conservation science, educational programs, staff members, partners, and supporters.

Explore the links below to view the latest issues as well as past articles.

2018 Issues

Our Public Lands and Waters: Living Laboratories for a Healthy Future (winter 2018). PDF format.

2017 Issues

The Last Ocean: Our Scientific Journey in Antarctica (summer 2017). PDF format.

Celebrating Women in Conservation Science  (winter-spring 2017). PDF format.

2016 Issues

It Takes an Ecosystem: Advancing Conservation Science through Community (fall 2016). PDF format.

Food for Thought -- Agriculture for Wildlife and People (Spring 2016). PDF format.

The next fifty years: Climate-smart stewardship for our home (Winter 2016). PDF format.

2015 Issues

The heart of Our Science (Fall): Read four stories of how our work to advance climate-smart conservation is nourished by personal connections with the species we study. PDF format.

Monitoring Rangeland Health (Summer): Learn how we are using science to investigate the capacity of rangelands to support ecosystem health. PDF format.

Fifty Years of Conservation Science (Spring): A very unique issue in celebration of our 50th anniversary.  This Quarterly looks at our history, accomplishments, and future through various lenses.  PDF format.

Climate-Smart Restoration (Winter): Essential. Hopeful. Big Impact.  These are just a few sentiments expressed by the authors in this important issue that highlights the climate-smart focus of restoration work our staff and partners are leading.  PDF format

2014 Issues

Training The Next Generation (Fall): Formative experiences, leadership opportunities and mentorship are at the core of this issue highlighting the many areas of Point Blue's work that focus on training the next generation of conservation professionals, from internships to school programs to partnerships.  PDF format.

Conserving Ocean Food Webs (Spring): Ocean zoning, forage fish, marine protected areas, and protecting earth's last sea-ice food web: this issue focuses on the programs that Point Blue and collaborators are involved in that identify, prioritize and guide the protection of ocean food webs. PDF format

Protecting Our Shorelines (Winter): How will we adapt to sea level rise?  Why are transition zone habitats important?  How can we protect coastal estuaries across international borders?  These are just a few of the questions addressed in this issue. PDF format

2013 Issues

Water and Wildlife on Working Lands (Fall): Water equals life.  In this issue you'll find articles that focus on how we are finding innovative ways to inform management that provides water for wildlife and people into the future. PDF format

For Our Future (Spring): New name, same great conservation work.  This first issue of the new Point Blue Quarterly focuses on Point Blue's rich foundation in conservation science, our new climate-smart approach, and a great overview from our President & CEO of the important transitions our organization has undergone including the current one from PRBO to Point Blue Conservation Science. PDF format

PRBO Observer Newsletter Archive

2013 Issues

Observer 171 Honoring Rich Stallcup (Winter): PRBO and the world lost a great friend and teacher with the passing of Rich Stallcup on December 15, 2012. This special issue celebrates Rich’s legacy, which inspires us to understand and protect ecosystems and all things wild.


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2012 Issues

Observer 170 Climate-Smart Conservation (Fall): During a time of intensifying change, especially climate change, PRBO focuses our rigorous science and powerful conservation partnerships to the crucial work of ensuring healthy ecosystems into the future.

Observer 169 At-Sea Research and Whale Protection (Summer): PRBO and NOAA Marine Sanctuaries conduct at-sea monitoring from the Golden Gate across the continental shelf. Our findings have helped secure new protection for abundant whales in this region from ship strikes.

Observer 168 Notes From the Field (Spring): Field biology is a hallmark of PRBO’s research: it’s where our understanding of ecosystems begins. The rapid and large-scale changes now stressing the environment make PRBO’s field work more crucial than ever. Through it, we gain knowledge and build partnerships that result in new capabilities for effective conservation in a changing world.

Observer 167 Vital Indicators (Winter): PRBO gains understanding about the health of natural systems from studies of key species. From tiny songbirds to great whales, vital indicator species provide information that helps guide conservation and reduce the negative impacts of rapid environmental change.


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2011 Issues

Observer 166 Conservation on Working Lands (Fall) PRBO is expanding our work with partners to optimize practices on working farm and ranch lands -- for ecological as well as economic benefits.

Observer 165 Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay (Summer) PRBO has produced a powerful new interactive website for visualizing changes in tidal marsh habitats and birds, 100 years in the future, as sea level rise is projected for in San Francisco Bay

Observer 164 Notes From the Field / PRBO's New Groups (Spring) Diverse and memorable "field days" at PRBO exemplify the abilities and new alignment of our staff to help reduce negative impacts of change in climate, land use, and the ocean on birds and ecosystems.

Observer 163 PRBO Partnerships (Winter) A sampling of PRBO’s many collaborations—with resource managers, fellow scientists, and educators—demonstrates the power of partnerships to have lasting influence. From the California Current to Antarctica, this Observer honors PRBO partners.


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2010 Issues

Observer 162 The Water Issue (Fall) Water is the lifeblood of California's landscape, supporting wildlife habitats, important bird populations, and people. Through partnerships with water managers, agricultural interests, and conservationists, PRBO works to preserve ecosystems and economic sustainability.

Observer 161 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Summer) Perspectives on a calamity by Dr. John Wiens, who has helped assess impacts of the Exxon Valdez spill over two decades, and Diana Humple, who assisted in the Gulf Coast response efforts.

Observer 160 PRBO Grad Students (Spring) Student scientists augment PRBO's capacities, while using our data sets and study sites in their doctoral or masters reearch. Plus: marine insights, migration mysteries, and more!

Observer 159 Extreme Weather (Winter) With weather extremes becoming more extreme, as Earth's climate changes, natural systems and birds (as well as people) face big challenges. From San Francisco Bay to Antarctica, PRBO’s research has documented bird responses to extremes of weather and climate.


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2009 Issues

Observer 158 Notes From The Field: A season in the Northeastern Corner of California. Renewable Energy vs. Wildlife. From the shores of the Meditteranean to the Shores of Central California. Mixed Signals from the Marine Ecosystem. From the California Current Marine Ecosystem into the Classroom. These and other stories from the field highlight this issue.

Observer 157 Science and Management in the Sierra Nevada (Summer): Building on a 13-year partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, PRBO is embarking on ambitious new bird monitoring and related research that can help improve habitat management.

Observer 156 Ecological Consequences of Climate Change (Spring): PRBO is working to detect the fingerprints of climate change in our long-term data and to model some future changes affecting birds and inform conservation planning.

Observer 155 Scientific Models for Conservation (Winter): To help provide new kinds of information needed today, PRBO scientists develop models that explain and predict relationships in natural systems.


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2008 Issues

Observer 154 Notes from the Field (Fall): PRBO biologists and educators take you on a first-hand tour of their field work, gathering data for understanding ecosystems, training the next generation of conservation scientists, and more.

Observer 153 Conservation in the 21st Century (Summer): John Wiens, PhD, PRBO's new Chief Conservation Science Officer, surveys the changing conservation landscape and discusses PRBO's current and future contributions.

Observer 152 Public-Private Partnerships for Conservation (Spring): On private lands throughout the Central Valley, PRBO monitors birds to help ensure conservation success. We contribute to vital partnerships involving private-land managers, federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Observer 151 The Science of Oil Spill Response (Winter): The Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay, in November 2007, prompted a wildlife response in which PRBO plays a lead scientific role. Our oil spill expertise has developed over 35 years of investigating the large-scale impacts on bird populations.


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2007 Issues

Observer 150 Units of Conservation (Fall): PRBO's work in conservation science has multiple, complementary pespectives, from single species to suites of indicator species, to entire ecosystems.

Observer 149 Southeast Farallon Island (Summer): PRBO's invaluable insight into the California Current marine ecosystem, gained from constant data-gathering on Southeast Farallon Island since 1967, is a powerful scientific lens on environmental change including global warming.

Observer 148 Discoveries and Directions (Spring): From shorebirds migrating throughout the Pacific Basin, to seabird indicators of the marine ecosystem, PRBO studies are yielding valuable new information

Observer 147 Winter Field Work (Winter): PRBO conducts ecological field work throughout a hemisphere, seeking critically needed knowledge about avian species and populations throughout the annual cycle.


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2006 Issues

Observer 146 Information Power (Fall): An overview of PRBO's new technologies for organizing and sharing information online to advance conservation. Also, a special column on Climate Change and PRBO by CEO Ellie M. Cohen.

Observer 145 Field Notes (Summer): Four reports ranging in focus from Farallon Island seabirds to inner city school children

Observer 144 Fire Ecology (Spring): PRBO science provides information needed for conservation management--and for understanding fire's important role in ecosystems.

Observer 143 PRBO's Internship Program (Winter): Hundreds of conservation scientists have gained skills and direction through PRBO's unique intern training program.


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2005 Issues

Observer 142 PRBO International (Fall): From the far North Pacific to Mexico and Ecuador, PRBO's collaborative work is international in scope.

Observer 141 Return of the Least Bell's Vireo and Notes from the Field (Summer): Notes and discoveries from the field, including the return Least Bell's Vireos to the San Joaquin Valley, and an update on the Farallones Cassin's Auklets.

Observer 140, Farallon Archipelago Marine Protection (Spring): New research in the California Current aims to map biodiversity hot spots in the open ocean, potentially for future designation as marine wildlife protected areas.

Observer 139, PRBO's New Environment, the Northern San Francisco Bay Region (Winter): As PRBO looks forward to relocating its headquarters to Shollenberger Park near Petaluma, this Observer samples from our wealth of North Bay partnerships and projects.


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2004 Issues

Observer 138, PRBO's Long-term Data Sets (Fall): PRBO's studies of ecosystems throughout the West have yielded some of the longest data series in North America and documented fascinating links between bird population fluctuations and environmental change.

Observer 137, Conservation for a Lasting Legacy & Notes from the Field (Summer): Learn more about PRBO's plans for our new San Francisco Bay Research Center and Headquarters and read fascinating stories from our biologists - from remote desert washes to Bering Sea swells.

Observer 136, At Work on San Francisco Bay (Spring): From tidal marshes and salt ponds to cliffs of Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay supports millions of birds annually. PRBO is working hard to understand the Bay's diverse bird populations and how to best conserve them.

Observer 135, Joint Ventures (Winter): Public-private partnerships known as Joint Ventures are viewed by many as the primary vehicle for implementing ecosystem conservation continentally. PRBO is active and a leader in many Joint Ventures throughout the West.


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2003 Issues

Observer 134, Habitat Restoration (Fall): Habitat loss and degradation across the West is linked with the decline of bird populations. To tackle this conservation problem, managers, individuals, and communities are implementing projects to repair damaged ecosystems. PRBO and its partners play an important role in providing restoration project partners with science-based information about bird responses to restoration - from island seabird colonies to riparian habitats.

Observer 133, Notes from the Field (Summer): Stories from our biologists about their experiences studying ecosystems throughout the West.

Observer 132, Assessing Forest Management (Spring): Our special single-focus spring Observer examines our Northern Sierra Project and the ways that we are applying bird and ecosystem knowledge to guide forest management practices.

Observer 131, Human Disturbance (Winter): Some of our studies have highlighted ways in which human activities can negatively impact birds and other wildlife - from our backyard to the wildest reaches of the West. This issue reviews some of these studies and the ways that we can become better stewards of ecosystems.


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2002 Issues

Observer 130, Birds, Climate and Ecology (Fall): An unparalleled opportunity for PRBO in the 21st century. This issue focuses on PRBO's studies on climate change and its effect on ecosystems.

Observer 129, Notes from the field (Summer): Notes from PRBO's biologists in the field including shrubsteppe and gas development in Wyoming, tracking Dowitchers in Sinaloa Mexico, Song Sparrows in Marin, Cassins Auklet tracking at sea, and declining cormorant flocks.

Observer 128, Tidal Marsh Song Sparrows of San Francisco Bay (Spring): Insights into the health of a threatened ecosystem. A close look at tidal marsh habitats of the San Francisco Bay including threats and research findings.

Observer 127, Sea Change (Winter): A new wave of marine ecosystem research at PRBO. This Observer presents a review of PRBO's work to develop novel management approaches for the California Current marine ecosystem.


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2001 Issues

Observer 126, Radio and Satellite Technology (Fall): Tools for conservation. This issue of the Observer highlights how biologists actively track birds and White Sharks to determine how these animals use their environment.

Observer 125, Notes From the Field (Summer): Notes from PRBO's biologists in the field including avocet studies in the South Bay Salt Ponds, riparian restoration in the San Joaquin Valley, monitoring in SF Bay's tidal marsh, seabirds on the Farallones, and landscape effects on Tidal Marsh Birds.

Observer 124, Island Survivors, The San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike (Spring): This Observer is an in-depth report on our work to bring the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike back from the brink of extinction.

Observer 123, Inside Population Modeling (Winter): New tool for the biomathemetician's black bag. A look at population modeling and how it is useful for evaluating and designing habitat restoration and management projects.


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2000 Issues

Observer 122, Setting PRBO's Course (Fall): Birds as indicators of ecosystem health. This issue focuses on the new directions at PRBO including conservation planning, conservation policy, geographic information systems, and PRBO's San Francisco Bay project.

Observer 121, Notes From the Field (Summer): Notes from PRBO's biologists in the field including rails in the SF Bay, Seabirds in the SF Bay, PRBO's Shrubsteppe program, Albatross at sea, Great Basin Riparian, African Penguin rescue, and declines in Cassins Auklets.

Observer 120, Vital Connections- PRBO's Education Programs (Spring): This issues contains information on PRBO's education programs with students grades k-12, volunteers collecting data, Channel Islands research, wetland conservation in the Central Valley, and impacts of grazing on songbirds in Point Reyes and Golden Gate National Parks.


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