Meet the Team
Lishka Arata, B.S.
Education and Outreach
As Conservation Educator, my main focus at Point Blue is getting the word out about the great conservation science work we do. I connect people to conservation science, in a "hands-on" way whenever possible. In my role at Point Blue I am thrilled to work toward my personal commitment to conserve the natural world and foster a sustainable future where people, wildlife, ecology and economy are equally valued and prioritized.
I graduated from Humboldt State University in 2003 with a B.S. in Biology and joined the Point Blue team in 2004 as a bird banding intern at the Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas, CA. I have worked as a field biologist in Point Blue's San Francisco Bay Tidal Marsh, Central Valley Riparian, and Northern Sierra Forest projects. Outside of my work with Point Blue, I have conducted Marbled Murrelet surveys in Southwest Oregon, Yellow-billed Cuckoo monitoring in Southeast Arizona, and plant (tropical liverwort) research on the Island of Trinidad. In 2007 I migrated from field biology to conservation education to disseminate Point Blue's science to various audiences and help inspire the current and next generation of conservation scientists and environmental stewards.
I am a native of San Francisco and grew up mostly in Northern California, enjoying and learning to value its outdoor wonders at a young age. I currently live in Petaluma, California and am based out of our North Bay Headquarters there. If I'm not in the office or with a group of students or community members, I might be dancing, practicing the accordion, or getting up close and personal with nature using my macro lens.
Healthy Transitions, Science for a Blue Planet blog post, October 28, 2016
Through the Eyes of a Dowitcher, Science for a Blue Planet blog post, July 9, 2015
California Ricelands and Waterbirds, joint project with other Point Blue staff and the California Rice Commission
Pocket Guide to Beach Birds of California, Lishka Arata and Melissa Pitkin
California Grasslands and Birds, The Community Voice, Rhonert Park, Cotati, Penngrove, May 2009