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 Shannon Wesley, Advancement Associate, at swesley@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext. 387 to sign up for walks.  Please let Shannon 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.

 

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.

March

Sunday, March 5, 2017: Spring 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 or Ellis Creek) 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 2/28/17. Contact Sarah Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 to sign up. 

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April

Saturday, April 8, 2017:  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.  Please check back for a link to register.  This event is limited to 40 participants. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

For general questions about Point Blue monthly walks, Contact Sarah Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320.

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May

Sunday, May 7, 2017: Conservation on Working Lands, Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preserve, Petaluma, CA, 9-11am.  Join Point Blue's Rangeland Monitoring Network ecologists to explore beautiful oak savanna habitat and learn how we are working with the property managers on different grazing and other management tactics to improve forage quality and wildlife habitat.  You'll enjoy stunning views, great birds, and innovative partnership science!

Learn more about our Rangeland Monitoring Network.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 5/2/17.Contact Sara Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 to sign up.

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June

Saturday, June 3, 2017: Restoration Tour at Tolay Creek Ranch, Petaluma, 9-11am.  Point Blue's Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) Program has involved more than 1700 students, teachers, and parents to install 1200 native plants to restore all 4 miles of Tolay Creek.  This unique watershed is essential for linking the upland oak savannah of Tolay Lake Regional Park, to the marshes of San Pablo Bay. Tolay Creek Ranch is owned and managed by the Sonoma Land Trust and the property is currently not open to the public. Come take advantage of this special opportunity to explore the wildlife and beauty of this property.

Learn more about our STRAW program.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 5/30/17. Contact Sara Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 to sign up.

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July

Sunday, July 9, 2017: Palomarin Field Station Tour, Bolinas, 9-11am.  Join staff and intern biologists for a tour of our founding field station.  Palomarin was founded in 1966, making it the longest running study of its kind west of the Mississippi.  See birds up close as you tag along with biologists on our long-term bird ecology study and interact with our intern biologists as you learn about our innovative conservation science training program.

Learn more about our Palomarin Field Station here.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Wednesday, 7/5/17. Contact Sara Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 to sign up.

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August

Saturday, August 5, 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 at this 1,500 acre site 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 water and 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, 8/1/17. Contact Sara Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 to sign up.

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September

Sunday, September 10, 2017: World Shorebirds Day Citizen Science Walk, Shollenberger Marsh, Petaluma, CA, 9-12am. Join citizen scientists across the globe and 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!  Learn more about World Shorebirds Day here.

Members only walk. Become a member of Point Blue to attend.
Sign up required by Tuesday, 9/5/17. Contact Sara Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 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 Sara Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 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 Sara Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 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 Sara Glidewell, Manager of Community Engagement, at sglidewell@pointblue.org or 707-781-2555 ext 320 to sign up. 

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