Alissa Fogg, Central Sierra Project Leader, is ground-truthing mountain meadow conservation strategies.
At Point Blue, we are keen observers of nature, working tirelessly on land and at sea. We gather the data and insights needed to address the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.
Working for and with scores of public and private partners, our science is making a difference, inspiring hope for a better future for birds, other wildlife, and us all.
Your support helps us “ground-truth”—gather data in the field to test and improve our conservation strategies—to guide decision makers. This ground-truthing enables our rigorous analysis and interpretation to “awaken” the data, making it more relevant for solving real life problems. And it provides our partners with the scientific information they need to make informed decisions for a healthier planet.
Black-backed Woodpeckers depend on post-fire habitat in Sierra forests. We work, on the ground, collecting and sharing critical information, to ensure they can find it. Point Blue photo.
“Ground-truthing is by far one of my favorite parts of the job,” says Alissa Fogg, Point Blue’s Central Sierra Project Leader, “but it can be an unglamorous task!” Alissa and her colleagues study the effects of fire on forest biodiversity. They count and measure all the burned trees remaining after a fire. “We get covered head to toe in black soot, but this messy work has led to thousands of acres protected from logging, allowing the forest to recover naturally from fire!”
Pigeon Guillemots help Point Blue gauge the health of Marine Protected Areas or MPAs. Photo by Ron LeValley.
Your support helps us ground-truth Marine Protected Area management strategies, counting seabirds and identifying the small fish they eat. Our goal: to protect marine food webs and give seabirds, fish, and other ocean animals time to adapt to increasing extremes in ocean conditions. “Seabirds can tell us a lot about what is happening beneath the surface of our oceans,” says Dan Robinette, our Coastal Marine Program Leader. “But we need to make sure we don’t misinterpret their message. That’s why we spend countless hours on cold coastal mornings documenting where birds are foraging and staring at diet samples under the microscope back in the laboratory to learn what they are eating.”
Ecologist Ryan DiGaudio ground-truths our hypotheses about how to manage for healthier working lands. Point Blue photo.
Your generosity will help ecologist Ryan DiGaudio ground-truth working lands conservation approaches, including prescribed grazing, riparian restoration, and compost application. Ryan and other Point Blue scientists are studying these practices to assess how landowners can best enhance soil health for water, carbon, biodiversity, and bottom lines. “Soils influence the life above ground, and in turn the life above ground influences the soil. Our job as ecologists is to understand how all the pieces fit together. Since soil is the ‘engine of life,’” Ryan says, “soil ecology is a fundamental piece of the puzzle.”
We need you to help Alissa, Dan, and Ryan take the pulse of nature. With your support, we’ll continue to assess how post-fire forest management impacts birds and biodiversity. With your generosity, we’ll continue to evaluate how Marine Protected Areas, habitat restoration, grazing, and other conservation strategies can provide the most benefits to wildlife and our communities.
There has never been a more critical time to protect and restore the planet on which we all depend. Please make your most generous gift today to Point Blue and help us advance ground-truthed conservation science for a healthy planet!
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