Meet the Team
Blake Barbaree, M.S.
Avian Habitat Ecologist
Pacific Coast and Central Valley
As an Avian Habitat Ecologist for the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group, my work focuses on research and monitoring of migratory shorebird populations. My work aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of waterbird conservation by informing land managers and policy decisions with pertinent scientific research as well as advancing conservation by establishing and maintaing strong partnerships. Currently, I study the movements and habitat use of non-breeding shorebirds in California using a approach that focuses on multiple species and landscape scales. I also coordinate the Pacific Flwyay Shorebird Survey, which is a monoitoring progam led by Point Blue that brings together hundreds of professional and citizen scietists each year to advance the conservation and managment of migratory shorebirds and their wetland ecosystems.
My diverse upbringing was highlighted by several inter-state moves before I attended Auburn University, where I first studied Wildlife Science and developed my keen interest in avian ecology. Since then, I have studied avian ecology in California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Alabama, and Florida. I completed my M.S. thesis at Oregon State University in 2011 which focused on the nesting season ecology of Marbled Murrelets in Southeast Alaska.
I am driven by my passion for wildlife and ecosystem conservation. I love the outdoors and I'm intrigued by interactions within the natural world, no matter how wild or developed. When not at work, I'm an avid hiker, fisherman, and traveler that also enjoys birding, water sports, team sports, and music.