As our COP26 team gets ready to fly to Glasgow, Scotland for the United Nations’ annual climate change conference, we’re filled with excitement and a sense of urgency. Excitement because this is the premier gathering of the governments, scientists, non-governmental organizations, and activists who care most about addressing one of the most serious environmental problems threatening our planet.
Month: October 2021
Science for a Blue Planet
Science for a Blue Planet
Ecological restoration works for urban birds in San Francisco’s Presidio
While cities and towns have not historically been considered priorities for ecological restoration projects, the UN Decade effort explicitly calls for urban restoration. The Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy were visionary in their pursuit of restoration in San Francisco’s Presidio, and since 2001 they have restored 78 acres.
Mola Mola Madness! Bird-A-Thon 2021
Written by Meredith Elliott, Senior Scientist Just as the Mola mola is not like other fish, this Bird-A-Thon was not like other Bird-A-Thons. In some ways, it was much like previous years. As I headed to the Marin Headlands Visitor Center, a text came in from Laura to let us know she was going to
East Bay Oystercatchers 2021
Team participants: Maya Hayden, Meredith Elliot, Julian Wood, Mani Oliva, Allison Ford and Abby Ogden. We decided to keep the team small due to continuing health concerns from the pandemic. Our team focused on the birds of the East Bay. We were hoping to exceed our count of 90 in our inaugural year last year,
Boarderline Birders 2021
by Josh Dieterich, Chief Development Officer After some hemming and hawing about the rain in the forecast, the Boarderline Birders went ahead with their count on Sunday September 19. Our perseverance was rewarded with a magically crisp late summer day in west Marin, just perfect for exploring a variety of bird habitat and wrapping up
Re-Balancing Act Making a Ranch Ecosystem More Resilient
Heather Bernikoff has been a changemaker in her community through the many roles she’s held—a volunteer leader on non-profit boards, a health educator, and an advocate for direct service programs, to name a few. Now on her ranch in the rolling foothills of the Central Sierra Nevada, she is effecting change on the land by
Birding with a “Fledgling’s Mind”
Written by Lishka Arata, Senior Communications Coordinator As a way to invite new birders into the conservation fold at Point Blue, we offered a beginning birder, family-friendly, in-person walk this year at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Preserve in Sebastopol, CA. It was on Saturday, September 25th from 9:30 to 11:30 am. With 14 satisfied
The Turnstones 2021 Bird-A-Thon
Written by Nancy Gamble, Point Blue Director of Philanthropy The day started a little after sunrise at the Stinson Beach parking lot with clear skies, bright sunlight, and a cool crisp breeze. We scanned the creek, tress, and bushes for songbirds, crows, ravens, and anything else that flew by or called out to us. We
Drake’s Beach Sanderlings 2021 Bird-A-Thon
Written by team captain Aaron Haiman The 2021 Drake’s Beach Sanderlings Bird-a-thon began in the early morning darkness at the entrance to Muir Woods. The group of young birders (which this year was comprised of Max Benningfield, Eddie Monson, Connor Cochrane, Mark Schulist, Joseph Zeno, Lucas Corneliussen, and Aaron Haiman and accompanied by John Monson)
Virtual Vultures Bird Three Lagoons at Once!
Written by Lishka Arata, Point Blue Senior Communications Coordinator It was a calm, cloudy late September morning. Some tink tinks of the California Towhee, high pitched barks of the Song Sparrow, and a few chatters from Bushtits and Chestnut-backed Chickadees. I grabbed my backpack with layers and water, slung my camp chair over my shoulder,
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