Palomarin Field Station
The Palomarin Field Station is one of America’s premier locations for long-term studies on birds and their habitats. Located at the southern end of the Point Reyes National Seashore, the station has been producing valuable studies for more than four decades that allow conservationists to understand changes—both natural and human-created—to guide conservation action.
Palomarin is also a renowned teaching facility. Over the years, more than 500 biologists-in-training have received hands-on education about ecology and conservation through our bird banding and nest searching programs.
We also warmly welcome the public—especially kids and school groups—at Palomarin to experience real science in action.
Research at Palomarin Field Station
Palomarin is the birthplace of many of our science programs in the West, and the bird ecology study methods we’ve developed, tested and refined are now used by scientists throughout the world.
Every year, we band over 5,000 birds and monitor over 100 nests at Palomarin. View an animated graph of the changes we’ve documented in the breeding bird community since 1982. We also study weather, habitat changes, and plant phenology at Palomarin.
During a time of accelerating changes in climate and land-use, being able to pinpoint bird populations’ breeding, wintering and stopover locations is critical to prioritizing conservation investments. Using new microtechnology, we are now able to safely attach tiny geolocator tags that, when recovered, tell us where individual birds have stopped over to feed and rest, and where they overwinter or breed before returning to Palomarin. For more information view the video below and read these recent publication briefs:
Visit and subscribe to our Palomarin Blog to get monthly bird banding updates, research news, and conservation insights from our field station staff and interns.
The Palomarin Field Station is the only Point Blue field site that is open to the public on a regular basis, and we welcome about 5,000 visitors every year. Small group drop in visits welcome, for a group of 7or more, please schedule a visit with one of our educators.
Palomarin is located at the south end of Point Reyes national Seashore near Bolinas CA, just north of San Francisco, in Marin County. There is beach access and plenty of terrific opportunities to hike, camp and kayak.
Our unstaffed visitor center is open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
What you can do at Palomarin
- Join banders in checking the mist nets for birds.
- Watch as birds are banded and measured in the lab.
- Learn about our science through interactive displays.
- Take a walk on the wild side on the nature trail.
- Meet passionate science interns from around the world
Bird-banding demonstration schedule
May to Thanksgiving- sunrise to noon every day but Monday
Thanksgiving to May- sunrise to noon Wednesdays and Weekends
Closed on all major holidays.
Note: The mist-nets are opened 15 min. after sunrise and remain open for 6 hours each day. Come by early (between 8-11 am) for the best chance of seeing birds. Nets are not open on rainy or windy days. Call our hotline (415) 868-0655 ext. 395 to check conditions.
999 Mesa Road (for UPS/FedEx)
PO Box 1157 (for U.S. Postal Service)
Bolinas CA 94924
For groups of 7 or more, please schedule a visit with one of our conservation educators.