Science for a Blue Planet

Science for a Blue Planet

Welcome to Point Blue's new blog. Visit often for the latest conservation science posts.

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Threats to the Farallones! We need your help!

New proposed actions out of Washington, DC seriously threaten the collaborative progress we’ve made to protect seabirds, marine mammals, and the ocean. The good news is that, with your help, we’ll continue carrying out our critical research and stewardship, even as government funding is on hold. Read on to learn how to help.

By | January 11, 2018


Pictured: Senior Ecologist, Dr. Libby Porzig (right), and former Partner Biologist, Ben Martin, sampling rangeland soils. Point Blue photo.

Hope, Science, and Passion: 2017 and 2018 highlights

What do 3,180 students, 102,181 acres of agricultural land, and over one billion scientific observation have in common? Read on to find out!

By | January 9, 2018


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What is Your Land Ethic?

A cowbell calls us to order at the Quivira Coalition conference. The hallway that was full of ranchers, farmers, conservationists, scientists, and agency folks empties as everyone flows into the meeting room. This first day starts with a question: what is your land ethic? Each person that steps on stage answers and describes her or […]

By | December 12, 2017


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Healthy Transitions

Transitions can be hard, especially if you don’t have the proper space to move and change. This is true in life and nature. Point Blue is teaming up with partners to figure out what makes transition zones between marshes and upland around the San Francisco Bay healthy and useful in the face of climate change. Read on to learn more.

By | October 28, 2016


Light-level geolocator tags provide songbird location data within 100 miles.

New Technology Uncovers New Connections for Conservation

The technology to track songbird migration is getting better all the time. We’re taking advantage of that here at Point Blue to make conservation even better. Read on to learn about some surprising results from a recent investigation.

By | September 23, 2016


Marine life conservation starts with protection from human disturbance. Photo by Sophie Webb / ACCESS.

Seabirds: a Window into California’s Marine Protected Areas

Seabird research is showing California coastal managers how stretches of the coast can differ in their responses to marine life protections. Read on to learn more.

By | April 9, 2016


Jenner Headlands is a site for data collection this year – investigating the vital function of soils. Photo by Ryan DiGaudio/Point Blue.

Learning About a Vital Ecosystem – From Below the Ground Up

Point Blue scientists get their hands in the dirt to take the pulse of rangeland ecosystem health.

By | December 24, 2015


Jason Gregg was a 2015 Point Blue intern learning climate-smart conservation methods.

Monitoring Tidal-Marsh Change

Bird studies show that ecosystem restoration works in San Francisco Bay – and is “climate-smart” as sea levels rise.

By | November 13, 2015


Learning about the multiple benefits of livestock grazing at Sacramento Wildlife Refuge

Human Connections Drive Habitat Conservation

A “cross-cultural” ranch tour breaks down barriers and moves people towards solutions

By | October 19, 2015


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Test Your Bird Knowledge

A look at the 2014 year of Point Blue’s 49-year bird-banding data set reveals some surprises!

By | September 25, 2015


Megan Elrod, Point Blue Biologist

Breaking the Ice and Making Connections

A Point Blue ecologist ponders the parallel struggle between marshes of the SF Bay and the Antarctic Ocean

By | September 15, 2015


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What’s Lab Got to do With It?

An expanded view of science and scientists from a marine lab intern.

By | August 28, 2015


Peering through the foliage, a Wrentit sits on its nest. Photo by Candace Stenzel.

Up close and personal, A window on genetic variability in the Wrentit

A curious intern investigates the family tree of one long-lived songbird.

By | August 14, 2015


Whales like this humpback congregate to feast when krill is abundant in our nearshore ocean.

Voyage of discovery – on the choppy waters of the Gulf of the Farallones

Take a marine research cruise with a Point Blue graduate student.

By | August 4, 2015


Long-billed Dowitcher getting fitted with a radio transmitter tag.

Through the Eyes of a Dowitcher

Gaining perspective on wetland management in California’s Central Valley

By | July 9, 2015


Northern Spotted Owl fledgling. Photo by Kim Kayano, Point Blue

Marin County Spotted Owls

Science, Good Management, and Good Neighbors = Healthy Owl Population

By | June 11, 2015


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Re-imagining Ridgway’s Rails

The complexity and creativity of recovering a species in the San Francisco Bay

By | May 22, 2015


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Hidden Nightlife

Wintering shorebirds rest in flooded rice fields

By | May 15, 2015


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Autopsy of a Humpback Whale

Results show the Pacifica whale died from a ship strike

By | May 12, 2015


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Rethinking Forest Habitat

A new study shows more diversity of Sierra forest habitat is needed around spotted owl reserves

By | April 30, 2015