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.

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

 

2018 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.

February

Saturday, February 3, 2018: Secretive Marsh Birds at the Palo Alto Baylands, Palo Alto, CA, 9am-11am. Join Point Blue ecologists on Saturday, February 3rd from 9am-11am in the tidal marshes of the San Francisco Bay at the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Learn about our long-term involvement in monitoring and guiding habitat management for secretive marsh birds, songbirds, and waterbirds.

Sign up required by 1/30/18. 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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March

Sunday, March 4, 2018: Explore Ocean Food Webs with Pellets & Gulls, Point Blue Headquarters, Petaluma, CA, 9am-12pm.  Come increase your gull ID skills and learn how we track the health of the ocean using seabird regurgitant.  We’ll spend part of our time indoors in our spacious meeting room exploring pellets and the other part outdoors at the marsh identifying gulls and other waterbirds.

Sign up required by 2/27/18. Sign up link coming soon. In the meantime, contact Lishka Arata, Communications Coordinator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 354. 

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April

Saturday, April 7, 2018:  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, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 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.

Please arrive by 9:30am at the 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. Attendees must register in advance with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (link coming soon!).  This event is limited to 40 participants. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

For general questions about Point Blue monthly walks, Contact Lishka Arata, Communications Coordinator, at larata@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 354.

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