Scientists on the Frontline!
Point Blue’s field stations put our scientists on the frontlines of climate change and habitat loss for birds, other wildlife and ecosystems.
Though they range in size and scope, these living laboratories are windows into ecosystems and provide unique conservation research opportunities.
Field stations foster collaborations among scientists from different disciplines and provide educational opportunities to train the next generation of conservation leaders. Point Blue’s field stations are at the core of our climate-smart conservation efforts.
Palomarin Field Station
Palomarin Field Station. Photo by Diana Humple/Point Blue.
The Palomarin Field Station, in Point Reyes National Seashore, is a premier field station nationally recognized for long-term studies on songbirds and their habitats. These data sets, extending over several decades, allow us to assess human-caused and natural changes over time. Findings from our collaborative research guide conservation actions that benefit nature and our communities across the state, the country and internationally.
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The Palomarin Field Station is the research hub for our work to understand the conservation needs of migratory songbirds. Using the latest tracking technology, we are discovering where the Hermit Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Golden-crowned Sparrow, and Fox Sparrow stop to feed and where they overwinter. This information is critical to conserving these highly mobile species. A key next step is to assess how their ranges might change with climate change.
Palomarin is also a renowned teaching research station where over 1,500 young conservation science interns and graduate students have been trained in field biology, natural history, ornithology, and communications. Through hands-on field work, they now receive additional training in climate-smart approaches, laying the ground work for future conservation careers.
Point Blue interns at the Palomarin Field Station. Photo by Lishka Arata/Point Blue.
Students and the public travel to Palomarin to observe, firsthand, ecology in action. They learn about birds as indicators of ecosystem health. They learn how science is used in conservation and management. They learn how climate change is impacting bird populations. And, they learn how this information can be applied to protect the natural world we all depend upon.
Southeast Farallon Island Field Station
Farallon Island Field Station. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Since 1968 our biologists have gathered data on seabirds, seals, sea lions and other ocean wildlife at our Farallon Island Field Station in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Day in and day out, for over 46 years, Point Blue scientists have had their fingers on the pulse of this amazingly vibrant ecosystem!
Farallon intern with Rhinoceros Auklet. Photo by Annie Schmidt/Point Blue.
There are very few places on Earth where scientists can ask the kinds of questions about environmental change that Point Blue addresses on the Farallones.
Your generous donation supports our research on the Farallones and the rich ocean ecosystem off the California Coast.
The Farallon Island Field Station serves as our laboratory in the Pacific. The island refuge has the largest seabird breeding colony in the contiguous United States with over 300,000 individuals of 13 species, as well as, five species of seals and sea lions, and white sharks. The refuge hosts unique populations of plants, salamanders, and the Farallon camel cricket. This national wildlife refuge also provides a stopover site for hundreds of species of migrant and vagrant land birds.
Unmatched in the lower 48 states, this concentration occurs just 30 miles outside the Golden Gate within the county of San Francisco! The islands, protected from human disturbance, are truly a “natural laboratory” for understanding the negative impacts of changes in the ocean environment and for developing science-based solutions.
Point Blue’s other field stations, from TomKat Ranch (south of San Francisco) to Cape Crozier (Antarctica), place our scientists at the frontline of reducing the impacts of climate change and a growing human population on nature’s health.
Thank you for your most generous gift to help ensure that our scientists continue to advance conservation of birds, other wildlife and nature’s benefits well into the future!