Who We Are
At Point Blue Conservation Science, we have been assessing changes in our environment and advancing conservation through bird and ecosystem studies since our founding as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965.
Today, we are at a pivotal moment in the history of life on our planet. Unprecedented impacts to nature from human activities are evident globally. To help ensure that wildlife and human communities continue to thrive in the decades to come, Point Blue is catalyzing collaborative “climate-smart” conservation.
Science: At the core of our work is innovative science, studying birds and other environmental indicators to protect nature’s benefits. Using our long term data from the Palomarin Field Station, the Farallon Islands, and other places, we evaluate natural and human-driven change over time. We guide our partners in adaptive management for improved conservation outcomes. We publish our findings in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to the "conservation commons" of open access scientific knowledge. We store, manage and interpret over half a billion bird and ecosystem observations from across North America. And, we create sophisticated, yet accessible, decision support tools to improve conservation today and in an uncertain future.
Partnerships: We advance nature’s health through extensive collaborations with government agencies, private land owners, and other wildlife and habitat managers, on land and at sea. Point Blue is an active science leader in major regional, national, and international conservation partnerships. We are also leaders in community-based restoration and conservation, helping ecosystems and people adapt to the changes ahead.
Outreach: We not only do the science—we bring the science to public and private wildlife and habitat managers, working hand-in-hand to improve conservation outcomes for ecological and economic benefits. We educate school children and budding ecologists, training and inspiring the next-generation of conservation science leaders. We also train seasoned conservation practitioners to help them utilize the best available conservation tools and solutions.
Through science, partnerships and outreach, Point Blue’s 140 scientists work to maximize nature’s benefits for wildlife and people in our rapidly changing world.