Point Blue offers on-site explorations of our cutting-edge field studies and projects.  These walks are a way for our members and the public to learn first-hand about the work we are doing, interact with our staff, and become ambassadors for ecosystem conservation.

Most of our walks are member-exclusive.  If you are not a member, you can join  when you sign up.  Members can bring non-member friends for $25 per person, age 17 and under free.  Check out the schedule below.

Just about all of our walks require sign-up.  Unless otherwise noted in the walk description below, contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up for walks.  Please let Kiley know all the names of the attendees who would like to sign up.  Most walks will have a maximum sign-up limit of 15 people and a minimum sign-up of 5.   

To determine if a Point Blue walk is canceled, please call (707) 781-2555, ext 355. RAIN CANCELS.

Point Blue urges birders and wildlife watchers to act responsibly while viewing birds and other wildlife. Please heed restrictions on access to land, respect nesting birds, and avoid disturbing birds and other wildlife while you are viewing them. For more information you can review the American Birding Association's code of ethics.

 

2016 Walk Schedule*

*Walks subject to change dependent upon weather, staff availability and unforseeable circumstances.  If you sign up for a walk you will be notified of any changes.  Check back regularly and also check the hotline above.

January

No walk in January 

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February

Saturday, February 6, 2016: Wetland and Riparian Birds and Habitat, Bolinas Lagoon, Bolinas, CA, 9am-11am. Come learn about our long term study of songbirds in the riparian, or creekside, habitat and waterbirds in the wetland habitats along beautiful Bolinas Lagoon in West Marin County.  You'll see science in action and songbirds up close as we join Point Blue biologists for bird banding in the riparian.  Then we'll venture out closer to the edge of the lagoon with spotting scopes to explore waterbirds.  We'll discuss birds as indicators and effects of climate change on wildlife, ecosystems and human communities.

Members only walk.
Sign up required by 2/2/16. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up. 

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March

Sunday, March 6, 2016: Spring Citizen Science Walk: Birding Meets Conservation, Point Blue Headquarters, Petaluma, CA, 9am-12pm.  Come learn how to turn your bird observations into data scientists can use for conservation.  We’ll bird Point Blue Headquarters’ backyard (Shollenberger Marsh or Ellis Creek) then head in to our headquarters for a demo on how to use eBird and a brief presentation on how Point Blue uses citizen science data for conservation.

We'll discuss ways you can get involved with citizen science.  Come prepared by taking a look at our citizen science opportunities before the walk!

Members only walk.
Sign up required by 3/1/16. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up. 

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April

Saturday, April 2, 2016:  Annual Salt Pond Mud Stomp: One small step for plover lovers, one giant leap for ploverkind, Moss Landing, CA, 9:30am-12pm.  Join Point Blue plover biologists, our partners from the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, and some passionate student stewards at the Moss Landing Wildlife Area salt ponds to view and help Federally Threatened Snowy Plovers and other shorebirds as they begin nesting. Put on rubber boots and walk along the margins of the drying ponds to create depressions that the plovers will then use as nest sites. You will also participate in a habitat enhancement exercise by spreading oyster shells on the otherwise barren pond floor. The footprints and shell debris provide much needed camouflage for flightless chicks and eggs.

Learn more about our snowy plover conservation work.

Meet by 9am at California Department of Fish & Wildlife Moss Landing Wildlife Area, located on the east side of Highway 1 immediately north of Elkhorn Slough. Bring rubber boots (we will have many available if you don't have your own), sun protection (hat, sunscreen), warm clothing (in case the fog rolls in), & binoculars or just your keen eyes! 
This walk is open to the public.
Sign-up preferred by 3/29/16. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up..

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May

Saturday, May 14, 2016:  Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) with Point Blue at Redwood Creek near Muir Woods, 8 to 11 am!  Join Point Blue biologists and the National Park Service on this very important day for migratory birds as we explore riparian habitat, check mist-nets for songbirds and observe biologists band and release songbirds. Meet at the IMBD Festival at Muir Woods National Monument parking lot for a shuttle ride to Point Blue's mist netting station at Redwood Creek.  (The Shuttle will run from 8am to 11:30am.)  Then come back to Muir Woods and celebrate at the IMBD festival with other local conservation partners until 2pm.

This all-ages event is open to the publicLearn more about IMBD.
For questions, contact Lishka Arata, Conservation Educator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 354.

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June

Sunday, June 5, 2016: Mist-netting and More at our Palomarin Field Station, southern end of Point Reyes National Seashore, 9-11am.  Join Point Blue educators and intern biologists at one of our founding field-sites and the longest running North American bird banding study west of the Mississippi.  See science in action and songbirds up close as you learn about the many ways we collect the information that drives our climate-smart conservation work. Meet some of our intern biologists and learn how we train the next generation of conservation scientists.

Learn more about our work at our Palomarin Field Station.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 5/31/16. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up.

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July

TBA

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August

TBA

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September

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Education and Restoration, Tolay Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA, 9-11am.  Join Point Blue's STRAW program staff and get special access to learn about the restoration, education and history at this amazing site!

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 9/6/16. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up.

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October

Sunday, October 2, 2016: Mist-netting in a Riparian Burn Zone, CA, 9-11am.  Hike through the central part of the Burn Zone of the 1995 Mt. Vision Fire in the Point Reyes National Seashore, examine the remarkable extent of vegetative recovery, and learn how songbird response to natural disturbances like this can teach us important conservation lessons.  You'll have a chance to experience science-in-action as we check mist-nets for songbirds and observe bird banding-- a great opportunity to see birds up close while learning what birds are telling us about the ecosystems recovery after the fire.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 9/27/16. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up.

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November

Saturday, November 5, 2016: Winter Citizen Science Walk: Birding Meets Conservation, Point Blue Headquarters, Petaluma, CA, 9am-12pm.  Come learn how to turn your bird observations into data scientists can use for conservation.  We’ll bird Point Blue Headquarters’ backyard (Shollenberger Marsh) then head in to our headquarters for a demo on how to use eBird and a brief presentation on how Point Blue uses citizen science data for conservation.

We'll discuss ways you can get involved with citizen science.  Come prepared by taking a look at our citizen science opportunities before the walk!

Members only walk.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 11/1/16. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up.

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December

Sunday, December 4, 2016: Winter Waterbirds of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, 9am-1pm.  Join Point Blue ecologists in the wetlands of the San Francisco Bay Delta at Staten Island and the Cosumnes River Preserve to learn about our long-term involvement in monitoring and guiding habitat management for wintering waterbirds.  The Delta is vitally important for California's water supply, agricultural activities and wildlife.  A large proportion of the state's Pacific Flyway migratory water birds rely on the region's agricultural fields and wetlands and astonishing numbers of waterbirds can be viewed in the winter months.  There are a number of challenges this area faces now with drought, increasing demands for water with an increasing human population, and the effects of climate change.  Come learn how Point Blue is using science to help guide management for ecosystem resilience using birds as indicators.  Meeting location to be announced, upon sign-up. 

Learn more about our work with wetland waterbirds.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 11/29/16. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up.

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