We invite you to visit us at either our Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas, CA or our headquarters in Petaluma, CA. We welcome researchers, historians, and students to visit and access our library collection at our Petaluma headquarters. In addition, we have field staff located at remote offices throughout California.

For more information contact:
pointblue@pointblue.org


Address:
3820 Cypress Drive, Suite #11
Petaluma, CA 94954 USA
phone: (707) 781-2555
fax: (707) 765-1685

Open Monday through Friday,
9:00am to 5:00pm.
Directions

Petaluma Headquarters

Point Blue is headquartered in Petaluma, California along the Petaluma River. Our office is adjacent to a 261-acre parcel of protected wetlands and uplands, and with direct access out of our front door to Shollenberger Park, a popular haven for birders and nature lovers on the Petaluma River.

Embodying our vision of a healthy planet, our building is powered by 100% local and renewal energy and furnished with ecologically friendly carpeting, paint, office cubbies, shades, tiling and countertops. We also use diffused light from skylights accompanied by energy efficient light bulbs to conserve energy. In 2013, Point Blue became a certified Sonoma County Green Business.

The outside of the building is landscaped with low water native plants. Our partner, the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance (PWA) is removing non-native invasive plants around Shollenberger Marsh and replacing them with native plants to support diverse native wildlife populations.


Address:
999 Mesa Road
Bolinas CA 94924
phone: (415) 868-0655
dhumple@pointblue.org

Our unstaffed visitor center is open year-round, sunrise to sunset. 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.

Palomarin Field Station

The Palomarin Field Station is one of America’s premier locations for long-term studies on birds and their habitats. View a list of publications that have come out of the station here. Located at the southern end of the Point Reyes National Seashore, our biologists at the station have been conducting research since 1966 to understand changes—both natural and human-created— and guide conservation action.

The Palomarin Field Station is the only Point Blue field site that’s open to the public on a regular basis. We welcome about 5,000 visitors every year. Small group drop-in visits welcome, for groups of 7 or more, please contact us to schedule a visit.

What you can do at Palomarin:

• Join biologists to observe different ways we study birds and their habitats: check our mist nets for birds (view the video below for an example of what you might see); watch as birds are banded and measured in the lab, then released unharmed.
• Learn about our science through interactive displays.
• Take a walk on the wild side on the nature trail with this intern-created nature trail guide.
• Meet passionate science interns from around the world.

Here are Google Map Directions, but the signage is a little tricky, so be sure to read through the written directions below as well. We look forward to seeing you!

Directions to Palomarin Field Station

From Golden Gate Bridge and 101 Northbound:
Proceed on 101 North to the 1st Mill Valley Exit marked “STINSON BEACH RT. 1”.  Exit bearing right, and proceed to main traffic light at Tam Junction.  At light, turn left onto Shoreline Highway, following signs to Stinson Beach.  Follow Shoreline Highway to coast and north for approximately 1/2 hour.  You will enter Stinson Beach, where there is one stop sign.  Proceed through stop sign for approximately 5 miles.  Bolinas Lagoon is on your left.  Just after the Lagoon ends, there is an unmarked turn-off to the left. Turn left here, go one block and turn left again.   Follow this road around the other side of the Lagoon towards Bolinas.  Turn left at the first stop sign. .  The second stop sign will be MESA ROAD.  Take a right onto MESA ROAD (See green road sign “Point Reyes Bird Obs. 4 Mi”).  Point Reyes Bird Observatory is 4 miles down Mesa Road.  The road will turn into a dirt road at about 3-1/4 miles. Follow the dirt road until you see the sign for PRBO on your left.  Turn in at the dirt driveway on your left and you are there!

From Petaluma:
From Petaluma Boulevard South, turn WEST onto “D” Street.  Proceed out of Petaluma on “D” Street, which becomes the Petaluma-Point Reyes Road.  Proceed ~ 15 miles, where you will come to the “T” intersection heading toward the town of Point Reyes.  DO NOT TURN RIGHT TOWARD TOWN OF POINT REYES !!!  You will proceed FORWARD at this intersection, at which time you are now on Platform Bridge Road.  Proceed 2 miles along this windy road (WATCH FOR ICE IN WINTER !!!) You will arrive at a “T” intersection, where you will turn RIGHT onto Sir Frances Drake Blvd.  Proceed 2 miles along this windy road.  You will arrive at a “T” intersection in Olema, where you will turn LEFT onto Shoreline Highway (Hwy 1).   From Olema go south on Rt. 1 for approximately 8-10 miles.  Look for an unmarked paved rd (Olema Bolinas Rd) on your right, across from a white farm house, just before the Bolinas Lagoon.  (If the lagoon is on your right hand side, you have just missed the turn off to Olema Bolinas Rd.).  Veer right on Olema Bolinas Road.  Follow this road around the right side of the Lagoon towards Bolinas (lagoon will be to your left now).   Turn left at the first stop sign.  The second stop sign will be MESA ROAD.  Take a right onto MESA ROAD (See green road sign “Point Reyes Bird Obs. 4 Mi”).  Point Reyes Bird Observatory is 4 miles down Mesa Road.  The road will turn into a dirt road at about 3-1/4 miles. Follow the dirt road until you see the sign for PRBO on your left.  Turn in at the dirt driveway on your left and you are there! Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

From Santa Rosa and 101 Southbound:
Southbound 101 travelers from the Santa Rosa area can take the Lakeville St. (Hwy 116) exit off 101 in Petaluma.  Turn right onto “Lakeville St,” heading toward Petaluma away from highway.  Proceed for 1-2 miles and turn left on “D St”.  Proceed out of Petaluma on “D” Street, which becomes the Petaluma-Point Reyes Road.  Proceed ~ 15 miles, where you will come to the “T” intersection heading toward the town of Point Reyes.  DO NOT TURN RIGHT TOWARD TOWN OF POINT REYES !!!  You will proceed FORWARD at this intersection, at which time you are now on Platform Bridge Road.  Proceed 2 miles along this windy road (WATCH FOR ICE IN WINTER !!!) You will arrive at a “T” intersection, where you will turn RIGHT onto Sir Frances Drake Blvd.  Proceed 2 miles along this windy road.  You will arrive at a “T” intersection in Olema, where you will turn LEFT onto Shoreline Highway (Hwy 1).   From Olema go south on Rt. 1 for approximately 8-10 miles.  Look for an unmarked paved rd (Olema Bolinas Rd) on your right, across from a white farm house, just before the Bolinas Lagoon.  (If the lagoon is on your right hand side, you have just missed the turn off to Olema Bolinas Rd.).  Veer right on Olema Bolinas Road.  Follow this road around the right side of the Lagoon towards Bolinas.   Turn left at the first stop sign.  The second stop sign will be MESA ROAD.  Take a right onto MESA ROAD (See green road sign “Point Reyes Bird Obs. 4 Mi”).  Point Reyes Bird Observatory is 4 miles down Mesa Road.  The road will turn into a dirt road at about 3-1/4 miles. Follow the dirt road until you see the sign for PRBO on your left.  Turn in at the dirt driveway on your left and you are there!

From Richmond Bridge or San Rafael:
After you cross Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, get onto Route 101 NORTH.
Go about 1 mile, and then Exit Route 101 at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in San Rafael.
Follow Sir Francis Drake about 18 miles until Olema.  You will arrive at a “T” intersection in Olema, where you will turn LEFT onto Shoreline Highway (Hwy 1).   From Olema go south on Rt. 1 for approximately 8-10 miles.  Look for an unmarked paved rd (Olema Bolinas Rd) on your right, across from a white farm house, just before the Bolinas Lagoon.  (If the lagoon is on your right hand sign, you have just missed the turn off to Olema Bolinas Rd.).  Veer right on Olema Bolinas Road. Follow this road around the right side of the Lagoon towards Bolinas.   Turn left at the first stop sign. .  The second stop sign will be MESA ROAD.  Take a right onto MESA ROAD (See green road sign “Point Reyes Bird Obs. 4 Mi”).  Point Reyes Bird Observatory is 4 miles down Mesa Road.  The road will turn into a dirt road at about 3-1/4 miles. Follow the dirt road until you see the sign for PRBO on your left.  Turn in at the dirt driveway on your left and you are there!

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