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.

Some 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 Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up for walks.  Please let Alison 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.

 

2014 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

Saturday, May 10, 2014:  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 international 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.
Sign up preferred by 5/6/14. Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, CA, 8-11 am.  Join our resident 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 Ranch staff to create a model of promoting land stewardship and enhancing biodiversity and wildlife protection while producing sustainably raised beef.  Point Blue has partnered with TomKat Ranch/Leftcoast Grassfed to demonstrate ranching and conservation working hand-in-hand.  TomKat Ranch is an 1800-acre ranch and educational foundation in Pescadero, California focused on changing the world through sustainable agriculture, conservation, and local, healthy food systems.  

Learn more about our work on TomKat Ranch.

This walk is open to the public.
Sign up required by 5/6/14. 
Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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June

Sunday, June 8, 2014: Burn Zone Birding, Chester, CA, 8-10am.  Some flora and fauna thrive in and require recently burned forest habitat.  Join our Northern Sierra biologists to learn how we track bird populations in burned forest areas to inform management of healthy forest ecosystems.  Walk location will be near Chester, CA near Lake Almanor. Directions will be given upon sign-up. 

Learn more about our forest ecology work.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by 6/3/14. Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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July

Saturday, July 12, 2014: To Be Announced, 9-11am.  Coming soon

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by 7/8/14. Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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August

Sunday, August 3, 2014: Farming for Shorebirds, CA Central Valley, 9-11am.  Join Point Blue wetland ecologists in the rice fields of our great Central Valley and learn about an innovative and exciting partnership for conservation while observing flocks of shorebirds and other waterbirds that are benefitting.  Central Valley wetlands are now extremely limited in extent and quality. In the 1850's, California's Central Valley hosted 4 million acres of wetland habitats.  In the 1990's, that total dropped to 1/4 million acres.  As a result, some types of agricultural lands have become an important surrogate wetland habitat, providing food and water for hundreds of thousands of migrating waterbirds and shorebirds every winter.  More than 165 California rice growers have signed up for an innovative program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to enhance bird habitat on their land: The Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program. The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership, a partnership of Audubon California, Point Blue Conservation Science, and The Nature Conservancy, is helping to facilitate this project in collaboration with NRCS.  Meeting location to be announced, upon sign-up. 

Learn more about our work with waterbirds and agriculture.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by 7/29/14. Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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September

Saturday, September 6, 2014: Fire and Water: Mist-netting in a Riparian Burn Zone, Muddy Hollow, Point Reyes National Seashore, 9-11am.  Learn how these unlikely ingredients support healthy bird communities on this special walk. Come 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 discuss how monitoring songbird response to natural disturbances like this can teach us many important lessons. You'll also 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 and learn about breeding biology. 

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by 9/2/14. Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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October

Sunday, October 5, 2014: 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 walkBecome a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Thursday 9/3/14. Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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November

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Partnering with Private Landowners for a Healthy Future, Chico, CA, 9-11am.  About 50% of future viable habitat for birds and other wildlife in California will be on private lands. Join Point Blue's Working Lands Director, Wendell Gilgert to learn about our exciting and innovative Partner Biologist Program which aims to build relationships with private ranchers and work toward ensuring a healthy future together.  Meet in the oak woodland foothills of the Sierra Nevada and learn how the program is catalyzing partnerships to keep habitats like these healthy.  

Learn more about our work on California's Private Rangelands.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by 10/28/14. Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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December

Sunday, December 7, 2014: Education, Restoration and Bird Adaptations, 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.  Learn about Point Blue's education and habitat restoration programs 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 Friday, 12/2/14. Contact Alison Romano, Membership Manager, at aromano@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 320 to sign up.

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