Because of the collaborative climate-smart conservation work we do today, healthy ecosystems will continue to sustain thriving wildlife and human communities well into the future.

Unprecedented Change Calls for Unprecedented Action

We are at a pivotal moment in the history of life on our planet. Earth’s human population surpassed 7 billion, conversion of habitat for agricultural and urban uses reached ~43% of Earth’s land surface, and atmospheric carbon dioxide exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in human existence. Arctic summer ice was at its lowest extent and volume ever recorded, with 50% loss of sea ice extent in the past 20 years alone, and extreme heat waves, drought and storms continued to break records across North America. California, Point Blue’s home base, experienced the driest January- June and some of the largest wildfires on record in 2013.  

Unprecedented actions are needed to ensure that wildlife and people continue to thrive in the decades to come. As society transitions to clean energy and more efficient energy and water use, we must ensure that conservation of nature is an equal priority. To this end, Point Blue’s five-year strategic goal is to collaboratively implement “climate-smart” conservation.

Read more about our climate-smart conservation principles.

5-Year Strategic Goal

We will implement climate-smart conservation from the Sierra to the sea, and the lessons we learn will be disseminated globally.

Point Blue’s priority areas of focus are the Sierra Nevada, California’s Central Valley, Pacific Coast, San Francisco Bay Estuary, California Current (including greater Gulf of the Farallones), Ross Sea (Antarctica), and the Internet.

Climate-Smart Conservation Initiatives 2014-2019

To make progress toward our vision and achieve our goal, we are engaging in 6 major initiatives. Below are brief descriptions of each initiative and a sampling of what we hope to achieve by 2019.

1. Secure Water and Wildlife on Working Lands

Point Blue works with farmers, ranchers, foresters, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the US Forest Service and others to increase groundwater storage; gradually filter and release water downstream; increase soil carbon storage; sustain birds and other wildlife; and make working lands more economically productive. We will achieve this by advancing wildlife-friendly grazing, farming and forestry practices, and developing metrics to document, improve and replicate our successes. By 2019, we will:

2. Protect Our Shorelines

We are identifying and prioritizing the best places and practices to protect coastal wetlands, streams, dunes and beaches in the face of more severe storms and rising seas. We are collaboratively guiding nature-based solutions that provide “green infrastructure” for wildlife and our communities. By 2019, we will:

3. Conserve Ocean Food Webs

Point Blue is identifying and prioritizing ocean food webs for protection to give marine wildlife and fisheries more opportunities to adapt to rapid environmental change. Collaborating with public agencies, NGOs, universities, fishing and shipping industries, and others, we monitor ocean ecosystem health, develop and assess new approaches to management, prioritize stronger protections as needed, and help to reduce conflicts between wildlife needs and human uses of the marine environment (e.g., clean energy, shipping, and fishing). By 2019, we will:

4. Climate-Smart Restoration

Working with local communities and scores of public and private partners, we are developing innovative approaches to help ecosystems and people adapt to accelerating climate and land-use changes. We are designing habitats to better sustain nature’s benefits into the future. By 2019 we will:

5. Make Natural Resource Plans and Policies Climate-Smart

As leaders in major conservation collaborations and pioneers in climate-smart conservation, we are helping public and private natural resource management entities, from local municipalities to international commissions, to incorporate climate-smart principles into their ocean and land-use plans and policies, and to put climate-smart conservation into action. By 2019, we will:

6. Train the Next Generation

Point Blue is providing hands-on training for future scientists and educators, equipping them with tools to protect nature’s benefits and help secure life as we know it. By 2019, we will: