Point Blue is committed to building partnerships and sharing scientific knowledge for a healthy future and a healthy planet.  Explore the applications and tools on this page and feel free to contact us if you have other needs or ideas for data sharing.

Featured Data Sharing Applications:

Modeling Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change

California supports high biodiversity and many plants and animals found nowhere else due to its large geographic extent and highly varied habitats. Meanwhile, rapid human population growth is resulting in large–scale landscape changes throughout the state. Thus many of California’s ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to future changes in the global climate such as increased temperatures and changing precipitation patterns.  The development of sophisticated species distribution modeling techniques provides an opportunity to examine the potential effects of these changes on bird communities. Using these modeling approaches, we are relating bird data to environmental layers to generate robust predictions of current (1971–2000) and projected future species occurrence.

Future San Francisco Bay Tidal Marshes
a Climate Smart Planning Tool

Understanding San Francisco Bay’s vulnerabilities to sea level rise is important for both biodiversity conservation and for management of public infrastructure. Coastal marshes provide essential ecosystem services such as water filtration and flood abatement while also providing important habitat for species of conservation concern. Improving our understanding of how tidal marsh habitats will be affected by sea level rise is important so that we maximize ecosystem services that coastal marshes provide and ensure that endemic populations of plants and animals persist into the future.  Explore maps of tidal marsh elevation and bird species distribution under different future scenarios.

Our Coast Our Future

Our Coast Our Future (OCOF) is a collaborative, user-driven project focused on providing San Francisco Bay Area coastal resource and land use managers and planners locally relevant, online maps and tools to help understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms within the bay and on the outer coast from Half Moon Bay to Bodega Bay.





California Climate Commons

The Climate Commons offers a starting point for discovery of climate change data and related resources, information about the science that produced it, and the opportunity to communicate with others about applying climate change science to conservation in California.






California Avian Data Center 

The California Avian Data Center (CADC), a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) hosted by Point Blue Conservation Science, integrates data on birds and ecosystems to improve conservation outcomes today and in the future.  CADC currently hosts more than 50 million bird observations for California spanning more than 40 years. These data are available for download, and are used in several interactive applications, including decision support systems for habitat managers working in the central valley and the Gulf of The Farallones, and projected effects of climate change on California’s terrestrial birds.

Midwest Avian Data Center

The Midwest Avian Data Center (MWADC), a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) hosted by the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership and Point Blue Conservation Science, integrates data on Midwest birds and ecosystems to improve conservation outcomes today and in the future.  MWADC's goal is to make timely and relevant scientific data and analyses readily accessible to habitat managers, conservation practitioners, scientists, and the public.



Sierra Nevada Avian Monitoring Information Network

The Sierra Nevada Avian Monitoring Information Network (SNAMIN) is an interactive website intended for use by natural resource managers and other stakeholders across the Sierra Nevada to help inform adaptive management decisions. The site provides easy access to avian monitoring data from across the Sierra Nevada, allowing users to quickly and easily generate summary, abundance, occupancy, and species richness analyses for over 100 bird species. Results can be generated from the scale of individual transects, to sets of multiple transects within forest service ranger districts, National Forests, or the entire bioregion.

Pacific Northwest Climate Change Avian Vulnerability

The Pacific Northwest Climate Change Avian Vulnerability Tool is an application built with the generous funding from the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  Use the tool to inform your management about the effects of climate change on 26 bird species found in Western Washington, Oregon and California.