Publishing in scientific journals is an important part of Point Blue science. It subjects our work to rigorous peer review, communicates our findings to a broad audience of professionals and practitioners, and ensures that our scientists are fully engaged in the latest research.

Summarizing findings in reports is another important way that Point Blue shares scientific information. Reports help to insure that our research is applied to on the ground conservation.

Explore the publication and report summaries listed below to learn about our findings and applications of some of our most recent work.


More frequent El Niño Southern Oscillation might not be bad for seabirds. Theoretical Ecology.

Shorebirds seek stability in highly modified and a dynamic water landscape. Landscape Ecology.

Bird populations nearly triple in response to habitat restoration along Putah Creek. Ecological Restoration.

Seabirds Indicate Fish Abundance In California’s Marine Protected Areas. Marine Ecology.

White-crowned Sparrow habitat choices, but not nest success, are influenced by vegetation change. Published in the Condor.


Managing California’s Freshwater Ecosystems: Lessons from the 2012-16 Drought. Published in Public Policy Institute of California report.

U.S. West Coast whale deaths from ship collisions outstrip federal limits. Published in PLoSONE.

Conservation objectives for waterbirds in California’s Central Valley. Published in San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science.

Conservation objectives for bird species at risk in California’s Central Valley. Published in San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science.

Conservation objectives for birds along California’s Central Valley rivers. Published in San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science.

Science-based guidelines for defining wildlife population objectives. Published in San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science.

Conservation objectives to eliminate food shortages for migrating and wintering shorebirds in California’s Central Valley. Published in San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science.

Inland-breeding terns’ response to California drought: Trend or tribulation? Published in Western Birds.

Environmental conditions and prey-switching by a seabird predator impact juvenile salmon survival. Published in Journal of Marine Systems.

Age, timing, and a variable environment affect double brooding of a long-lived seabird. Published in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Modeling non-resident seabird distributions to inform ocean zoning in California. Published in PLoS ONE.

Can fishing in the Ross Sea be sustainable? Published in Ecological Applications.


Burrowing Owl diet on Southeast Farallon Island, California. Published in Journal of Raptor Research.

Cassin’s Auklet Foraging and Their Euphausiid Prey in a Variable Environment. Published in PLoS ONE.

Changed prevalence, not absence explains Antarctic toothfish status in McMurdo Sound. Published in Antarctic Science.

Species interactions do not have a strong effect on long-term community dynamics in a changing environment. Published in Ecosphere.

Migratory geography of Golden-crowned Sparrows from two wintering regions. Published in Animal Migration.

Can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice and still maintain waterbird habitat?  Published in Biological Conservation.

When birds of a feather don’t flock together: Hermit Thrushes across the San Francisco Bay region migrate to different breeding locations. Published in Animal Migration.

A shorebirds guide to management of interior, freshwater wetlands. Published in Journal of Wildlife Management.

Private lands habitat programs benefit California’s native birds. Published in California Agriculture.

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Where is the water? Using satellites to understand the impact of drought on surface water and waterbird habitat in the Central Valley of California. Published in Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

Waterbirds benefit from crops and field management practices in California’s Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. Published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

As Arctic sea ice melts, animal movement between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans needs to be monitored. Published in Gloabl Change Biology.

Trophic cascades in the western Ross Sea. Published in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Local and landscape habitat associations of shorebirds in wetlands of the Sacramento Valley of California. Published in Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.

Improving effectiveness of systematic conservation planning with density data. Published in Conservation Biology.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo at-risk along the Sacramento and Feather rivers, California. Published in PLoS ONE.

A Quantitative Evaluation of the Conservation Umbrella of Spotted Owl Management Areas in the Sierra Nevada. Published in PLoS ONE.

The Hidden Nightlife of Wintering Dunlin within an Agriculture-Wetland Mosaic. Published in Waterbirds.

A Bird’s-Eye View of the USA National Phenology Network: An Off-the-Shelf Monitoring Program. Published in Studies in Avian Biology.

Drought-caused delay in nesting phenology of Sonoran Desert birds. Published in The Auk.

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Penguins coping with climate change. Published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Restoring Native Perennial Grasses by Changing Grazing Practices in Central Central Coastal California. Published in Ecological Restoration.

Occurrence Patterns of Black-backed Woodpeckers in Green Forest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, U.S.A.Published in Avian Conservation and Ecology.

Trends in the Breeding Population of Adelie penguins in the Ross Sea, 1981-2012: A Coincidence of Climate and Resource Extraction Effects. Published in PLoS ONE

Waterbird Response to Practices that May Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Rice Fields. Unpublished report to Environmental Defense Fund.

Does Restoration Create Ecological Traps by Increasing Brown-headed Cowbird Nest Parasitism? Published in Ecological Restoration.

Avian Response to Mechanical Aspen Restoration in Sierra Nevada Coniferous Forest. Published in Restoration Ecology.

Habitat Suitability Through Time: Using Time Series and Habitat Models to Understand Changes in Bird Density. Published in Ecosphere.

A Method for Estimating Colony Sizes of Adélie Penguins Using Remote Sensing Imagery. Published in Polar Biology.

Extreme Events Disrupt Adélie Penguins’ Ability to Cope With a Variable Environment. Published in PLoS ONE.

Impacts of Barn Owls on Scripps’s Murrelets on Santa Barbara Island. Report to National Fish and WIldlife Foundation.

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Climate Change Winners: Receding Ice Fields Facilitate Colony Expansion and Altered Dynamics in an Adélie Penguin Metapopulation. Published in PLoS ONE.

Exceptional seabird breeding success. Report to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Population Viability of Western Gulls. Report to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Non-lethal hazing can protect gulls from exposure to rodenticide. Report to the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.

Reducing burrowing owl predation to benefit Farallon ashy storm-petrels. Report to US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Agriculture is very important to Long-billed Curlews in California’s Central Valley. Published in Western Birds.

Conservation Reliance Among California's At-Risk Birds.  Published in The Condor. 

Lifetime survival rates and senescence in Northern Elephant Seals. Published in Marine Mammal Science.

Success of captive-rearing for a threatened shorebird. Published in Endangered Species Research.

Rice field management to increase habitat value for waterbirds. Published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.

Using Seabirds Feeding to Inform National Marine Sanctuary Management. Published in PLoS ONE.

Black-footed Albatross habitat use in central California Sanctuaries. Published in Fisheries Oceanography.

Parent birds protect young from climate change. Published in Ecology.

Young and adult Song Sparrows will respond differently to climate change. Published in Global Change.

Geolocator tags reveal strong migratory connectivity and within-winter movements for coastal California Swainson’s Thrushes. Published in the Auk.

The Ecology of Yellow Warbler Nest Site Selection at Mono Lake. Four papers published in Oikos, Western North American Naturalist, Journal of Animal Ecology, and Ecology and Evolution.

Assessing migratory stopover site quality for birds during fall migration along two California rivers. Published in Western North American Naturalist.

Modeling climate change impacts on tidal marsh birds: Restoration and conservation planning in the face of uncertainty. Published in Ecosphere.

Snag Density and Black-backed Woodpecker Nesting in Burned Forests of the Sierra Nevada, California. Published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

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Spatial Distribution of Nearshore Foraging Seabirds in Relation to a Coastal Marine Reserve. Published in the journal Marine Ornithology.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Impacts of Climate Change and Housing Development on Breeding Birds in California.  Published in the journal Landscape Ecology.

Integrating Avian Habitat Distribution Models into a Conservation Planning Framework for the San Joaquin River, California, USA. Published in Natural Areas Journal.

Developing a Riparian Bird Index to Communicate Restoration Success. Published in Restoration Ecology.

Restored riparian vegetation is important for wintering birds in California’s Central Valley. Published in Conservation Biology.

Geolocator tags reveal Golden-crowned Sparrow migration secrets. Published in PLoS ONE.

A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of California’s At-Risk Birds. Published in PLoS ONE.

Coexistence of Mesopredators in an Intact Polar Ocean Ecosystem: The Basis for Defining a Ross Sea Marine Protected Area. Published in Biological Conservation.  

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Avian Demographic Response to Climate Change. Summary Report.

Forty-five years and counting: reflections from the Palomarin Field Station on the contribution of long-term monitoring and recommendations for the future. Published in The Condor.

Tidal marsh sustainability in the face of sea-level rise. Published in PLoS ONE.

Avian body size changes and climate change: warming or increasing variability? Published in Global Change Biology 

Where the wild things are: predicting hotspots of seabird aggregations in the California Current System. Published in Ecological Applications

Non-consumptive factors affecting foraging patterns in Antarctic penguins: a review and synthesis. Published in Polar Biology.

Maximizing benefits from riparian revegetation efforts: local- and landscape-level determinants of avian response. Published in Environmental Management.

Nesting ecology of Yellow Warblers (Dendroica petechia) in montane chaparral in the northern Sierra Nevada. Published in Western North American Naturalist.

Protected areas in climate space: What will the future bring? Published in Biological Conservation.  

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Least Bell’s Vireo breeding records in the Central Valley following decades of extirpation.  Published in Western North American Naturalist.

Brood Parasitism and Nest Survival of Brown-Headed Cowbird Hosts at High-Elevation Riparian Sites in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, California.  Published in Western North American Naturalist.  

Responding to Climate Change: Adélie Penguins confront astronomical and ocean boundaries.  Published in Ecology.

Foraging strategies of Adélie penguins: adjusting body condition to cope with environmental variability.  Published in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Survival differences and the effect of environmental instability on breeding dispersal in an Adélie penguin meta-population.  Published in PNAS

Working less to gain more: when breeding quality relates to foraging efficiency.  Published in Ecology.

Predicting Tidal Marsh Bird Abundance Using Fine-Scale Spatial Metrics.Published in Wetlands.

Assessing contaminant loads in nonbreeding migratory shorebirds. Published in The Condor.

Matching the scale of conservation with the scale of climate change.  Published in Conservation Biology.

North Pacific climate influences pup sex in northern elephant seals.  Published in The Journal of Mammology.

Age-specific survival, breeding success, and recruitment in Common Murres of the California Current System.  Published in The Auk.

Common Murre prey consumption in the California Current System .  Published in ICES Journal of Marine Science.

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Comparing Alternative Systematic Conservation Planning Strategies against a Politically Driven Conservation Plan.  Published in Biodiversity Conservation.

Riparian Restoration is Successful at Bringing Birds Back on the Sacramento River.  Published in Restoration Ecology.

Why Climate Change Makes Riparian Restoration More Important Than Ever.  Published in Ecological Restoration.

Non-native black rats as riparian songbird nest predators in California's Central Valley.  MS Thesis, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.

Re-shuffling of species with climate disruption: a no-analog future for California birds?  Published in PLoS ONE.

Landscape ecology as a foundation for sustainable conservation.  Published in Landscape Ecology.

What are the assumptions and uncertainties of modeling future species distributions?  Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Using remote sensing in selecting and conserving lands for biodiversity.  Published in Remote Sensing of Environment.

A 20-year retrospective on habitat relations of shrubsteppe birds.  Published in The Condor.

How can we improve information delivery to support conservation and restoration decisions? Published Biodiversity and Conservation.

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