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Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet

Climate-Smart Nations, Shared Parenting & Climate Change, Resilient by Design, Soil Micro-Indicators- Point Blue Science e-News June 2017

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International Relations
Thanks to your support and partnership, our passionate scientists are reaching out globally to ensure nature thrives for all. Dr. Matt Reiter recently traveled to Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica with partners from the US Forest Service International Program to support a “climate-smart nations” network across the Americas. They met with government officials, shrimp farmers, salt producers, and other local partners to prioritize conservation actions that would benefit people and wildlife.

Meanwhile, across the pond, Chief Science Officer Dr. Grant Ballard met with colleagues in Rome to discuss research and monitoring plans to advance the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area efforts.

Shared Parenting & Climate Change
We’re still learning how wildlife copes with climate change effects on daily life and seasonal cycles. An international team of colleagues, including Point Blue’s Lynne Stenzel, recently discovered that rising temperatures drive plover parents to cooperate more to incubate eggs. The scientists published their finding after studying 36 populations of 12 plover species across the globe. The study included a substantial body of data collected by Point Blue’s Monterey Bay Snowy Plover research team. Read more in this recent Science Daily article.

Resilient by Design
We’re proud to be part of an exciting, proactive effort happening right now in the SF Bay Area to collect and implement innovative ideas that address climate change, including nature-based solutions, before disaster hits. Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge is calling on architects, engineers, and designers to work with local communities, ecologists, and others and submit their design concepts that combine natural and built infrastructure for multiple benefits to society. Point Blue President & CEO Ellie Cohen is “extremely honored to have been selected to represent Point Blue on the science advisory committee that chooses the 10 finalists!” Read more about the challenge and how to get involved as a community member or designer on the website.

Micro-Indicators
Soil microbes play a key role in nature. They help soils sequester carbon and absorb water, and form underground partnerships that deliver nutrients to the plants people and livestock depend on for survival. Dr. Chelsea Carey and Dr. Libby Porzig have added soil microbes to the list of indicators we measure in the Rangeland Monitoring Network (RMN). The RMN helps us evaluate how grazing practices influence rangeland health and produce ecosystem services (e.g., carbon sequestration, water holding capacity, biodiversity and more). Stay tuned for results! And next time you take a breath of fresh air or bite into a delicious carrot, thank a soil microbe!

Thanks for your continued, generous support of Point Blue’s conservation science!

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