Point Blue offers on-site explorations of our cutting-edge field studies and projects.  These walks are a way for our supporters 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're not a member, you can join  when you sign up. Check out the schedule below.

Just about all of our walks require sign-up.  Click on the links below or contact Lishka Arata, Communications Coordinator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 354 to sign up for walks.  Please include 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 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.

 

2017 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.

August

Saturday, August 12, 2017: Restoration Tour at Cullinan Ranch, Vallejo, 9-11am.  Join our restoration specialists and tour the climate-smart restoration done in the wetland-upland transition zone by students and teachers in our STRAW program on the edge of the 1,500 acre Cullinan Ranch Unit of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge just west of the Napa River and north of Hwy 37.  The site was opened to tidal action in 2015, so you have the opportunity to view how marsh birds are using a newly restored SF Bay wetland. 

Read more about this significant restoration here and here.  Learn more about our STRAW program here.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 8/8/17. Click here or contact Lishka Arata, Communications Coordinator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 354 to sign up.

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September

Sunday, September 10, 2017: Shorebirds & Citizen Science, Shollenberger Marsh, Petaluma, CA, 9-12am. Come learn how to turn your bird observations into data scientists can use for conservation, with a special focus on shorebirds.  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. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 9/5/17. Contact Lishka Arata, Communications Coordinator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 354 to sign up.

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October

Saturday, October 7, 2017: 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 ecosystem's recovery after the fire.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 10/3/17. Contact Lishka Arata, Communications Coordinator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 354 to sign up.

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November

Sunday, November 5, 2017: Birding & Conservation in the Presidio, San Francisco, CA, 9-11am.  Join Point Blue biologists to search for winter birds of the Presidio while learning about monitoring we do in the area in partnership with The Presidio Trust.

Members only walkBecome a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 10/31/17.Contact Lishka Arata, Communications Coordinator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 354 to sign up.

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December

Saturday, December 2, 2017: 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 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.

Members only walkBecome a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by 11/28/17. Contact Lishka Arata, Communications Coordinator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 354 to sign up. 

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