The following is a list of press releases starting with our most current news items.

Press Releases

Science Organization Celebrates 50 Years of Research on the Farallon IslandsOver the past fifty years, Point Blue has amassed invaluable long-term data sets that are crucial for understanding—and addressing—threats to our climate, our ocean, seabirds, sea lions, seals, whales, white sharks, and the ocean food web.

New Water Tracker: Satellite imagery helps managers keep water in wetlands.  An easy-to-use online system that uses satellite imagery to give decision makers and planners the accurate information they need to guide water delivery.

Study Shows Wildlife Density Data Better Predicts Conservation Success.  More detailed data translates into better conservation plans.

Study Shows Diversity of Habitat Needed Around Spotted Owl Reserves. More than twice as many bird species avoided California Spotted Owl habitat reserves in the northern Sierra Nevada as favored them.

Earliest Snowy Plover Nesting in 32 Years.  Historically, March has marked the start of the Snowy Plover nesting season in Monterey Bay, but this year a pair started nesting in February.

Warm Weather, Warm Ocean Disrupt Farallon Wildlife. This winter's unusually warm air and ocean temperatures are disrupting marine wildlife, evidence from unusual seal, sea lion, and seabird observations.

Drought Causes Birds to Nest Later, Reducing Nesting Success.  In a recently published study, desert birds, faced with drought, have lower nesting success.

Irrigated Agriculture - Precious Habitat for the Long-billed Curlew. In a recently published study, Point Blue scientists document the importance of flooded alfalfa to a conspicuous shorebird, the Long-billed Curlew, in California's Central Valley.

Point Blue awarded prestigious Wings Across the Americas Award. U.S. Forest Service recoginzes the Migratory Shorebird Project for fostering international cooperation among 10 countries to conserve shorebirds in the face of climate change and other environmental threats.

STRAW Program exceeds 450 student-created habitat restorations in the SF Bay Area  Point Blue marks over two decades of engaging Bay Area youth in hands-on habitat restoration through the STRAW Program. This year will see over 50 restoration projects take place in North Bay counties.

Ocean Climate Change Indicators Report   Co-authored by Point Blue, the report highlights 12 indicators of climate change in the ocean, already being observed, and outlines steps that enable resource managers to track, plan for and begin to adapt to future climate change impacts. (December 19, 2013)

Point Blue to study 70 sites burned in Yosemite Rim Fire   Building on ten-years of research in the region, scientists to study birds as indicators of nature’s health and recommend best post-fire forest management practices

Scientists Test Whale Tracking App  This week, Point Blue scientists will field-test the beta version of a new "Whale Spotter" app designed to track whale sightings around the Golden Gate.  (September 18, 2013)

Releasing Snowy Plovers into the wild.  These birds represent hope for strengthening a population threatened by climate change. (August 2013)

Sparrows, young or old experience climate change differently.  Two new studies from Point Blue staff highlight the importance of considering the various stages and ages of individuals in a species -- from babies to juveniles to adults -- to best predict not only how climate change could affect a species as a whole, but also why. (August 2013)

We've changed our name!  PRBO to Point Blue Conservation Science (June 5, 2013)