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.

 

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.

July

Saturday, July 11, 2015: Mountain Meadow Birds & Conservation , Chester, CA, 7-11am.  Join Sierra Nevada Group Director and local bird expert Ryan Burnett for a bird watching and natural history tour of Chester Meadow, one of the most important meadows in the Sierra Nevada. You will walk out through the meadow to the North Fork of the Feather River and Lake Almanor. You will visit a historic barn (and its owls) and discuss conservation of Sierra Meadows, the importance of the Feather River watershed to California’s water supply, and the effects of drought and climate change.

 

Learn more about our work in mountain meadows.

Members only walkBecome a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 7/7/15. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up.

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August

Sunday, August 2, 2015: Conservation on Working Lands, TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, CA, 8-11 am.  Join our biologists at TomKat Ranch/Leftcoast Grassfed in Pescadero, CA to view birds in various habitats on the ranch and learn about how Point Blue is working with TomKat and other ranches throughout California to expand our knowledge of the ecological function of California rangelands and ranching practices through our newly forming Rangeland Monitoring Network.

Learn more about the Rangeland Monitoring Network.

Members only walkBecome a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 7/28/15. 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 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, 9/1/15. 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 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, 9/29/15. 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 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 Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up.

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December

Sunday, December 6, 2015: 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, 12/1/15. Contact Kiley Lucan, Annual Campaign & Events Manager, at klucan@pointblue.org or 707-781-2549 to sign up.

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