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 Eve WIlliams, Development Operations Manager, at ewilliams@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 356 to sign up for walks.  Please let Eve know all the names of the attendees who would like to sign up.  Most walks will have a maximum sign-up limit of 15-20 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.

 

2015 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.

April

Saturday, April 4, 2015:  Annual Salt Pond Mud Stomp: One small step for plover lovers, one giant leap for ploverkind, Moss Landing, CA, 9am-12pm.  Join Point Blue plover biologists and our partners from the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife 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 3/31/14. Contact Eve Williams, Development Operations Manager, at ewilliams@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 356 to sign up.

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May

Saturday, May 9, 2015:  Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) with Point Blue at Redwood Creek near Muir Woods, 8 am to 2 pm!  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, shade-grown coffee and organic chocolate!

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 7, 2015: 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, 6/2/15. Contact Eve Williams, Development Operations Manager, at ewilliams@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 356 to sign up.

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July

To be announced

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August

To be announced.

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September

Saturday, September 5, 2015: Education and Restoration, Pickleweed Park, San Rafael, CA, 9-11am.  Join Point Blue Educators as we walk along the San Rafael shoreline on the Jean and John Starkweather Trail and  learn about Point Blue's education and habitat restoration program (STRAW-BEAC) in this community as we explore birds in several Bay Area habitats including tidal salt marsh and parts of the San Rafael Bay. 

Learn more about our education work at Pickleweed Park.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 7/29/14. Contact Eve Williams, Development Operations Manager, at ewilliams@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 356 to sign up.

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October

Sunday, October 4, 2015: 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, 9/29/14. Contact Eve Williams, Development Operations Manager, at ewilliams@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 356 to sign up.

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November

Saturday, November 7, 2015: 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, 11/3/15. Contact Eve Williams, Development Operations Manager, at ewilliams@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 356 to sign up. 

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December

To be announced.

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