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.

May

Sunday, May 22, 2016: Point Blue Annual Meeting. Join us as we celebrate 51 years since Point Blue’s founding as Point Reyes Bird Observatory! This milestone event honors you, our members and partners, for making our journey possible.

Learn more here.

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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

Sunday, August 7, 2016: Conservation on Working Lands, Jenner Headlands, Jenner, CA, 9-11am.  Join Point Blue's Rangeland Monitoring Network staff to learn how we are forming partnerships with private landowners to conserve huge amounts of viable wildlife habitat and other ecosystem functions in California.  While you learn about this exciting and innovative work, you'll walk and bird beautiful areas of Jenner Headlnads not normally open to the public with our expert staff.

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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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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