One Year at a Time

At Point Blue, we believe that our climate-smart conservation actions will lead to healthy ecosystems that thrive well into the future. Our mission is to advance the conservation of birds, wildlife, and ecosystems through partnerships, outreach and science.

Photo: Cassie Bednar, Point Blue

CEO & Board Chair Letter

Preparing for change.

Evolution and change are fundamental processes of nature. Yet today, human activities are accelerating this change, threatening the ability of our biosphere to support life as we know it. This past year, California experienced the largest wildfires and warmest ocean temperatures ever recorded, while deadly heat waves, hurricanes, and floods impacted wildlife and human communities around the globe.

Fortunately, Point Blue is also evolving and adapting. Our uniquely effective approach—combining science, partnerships, and outreach—remains at the core of our success. And in recent years, we have evolved our focus to include climate-smart conservation, building on these fundamental tenets. The stories that follow provide a glimpse into the personal journeys of a few of our 160 scientists. We’re proud that together we are making a positive difference, from California’s montane meadows and agricultural lands to the California Current, coastal Chile, and as far away as the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

As we prepare for another change—a new CEO starting in 2019 to lead Point Blue’s next chapter in our remarkable history—our foundation is stronger than ever. We look to the future with hope and optimism, thanks to you.

Point Blue could not thrive in these changing times without the committed leadership of our Board of Directors. This year, we welcomed new board members Julie Chase Baldocchi and David Myles, PhD. We also offer our deepest gratitude to outgoing board members, Rob Faucett and Ed Sarti, for a decade of outstanding service. We are especially grateful to Ed for his 5 years as Board Chair, and for now serving as our CEO Search and Transition Committee Chair.

Point Blue’s applied conservation science is more urgently needed than ever. Thank you for ensuring that our 160 scientists continue to collaboratively develop and catalyze nature-based solutions to secure a healthy, thriving future for us all.

Each year we provide innovative science for sustainable solutions that support thriving wildlife and human communities.

Groundbreaking Scientific Research

Fire science and forest management, an evolving approach.

In the Field

Photo: Jane Braxton

Point Blue works closely with the Forest Service to help ensure they use the latest science to manage forests before and after fires to maximize biodiversity. Over the past five years, Point Blue has helped guide the management of 250,000 acres of post-fire landscapes in the Sierra, spanning nine fires.

“We’ve built up a lot of trust with multiple partners in the region. When we use our data to make the case that leaving some burned areas alone will be better for birds and other wildlife, they take our recommendations seriously.”

Ryan Burnett, Point Blue Sierra Nevada Director

Groundbreaking Scientific Research

Fire science and forest management, an evolving approach.

Fires Are
Changing, Too

Photo: Ken Etzel, Point Blue

As humans have reduced fires across ecosystems, brush, undergrowth, and other fuels have been steadily building up. And as the climate warms, the weather conditions that promote fire ignition and growth become more commonplace. Now, when fires do burn, they often grow out of control and threaten human communities.

Groundbreaking Scientific Research

Fire science and forest management, an evolving approach.

Learning More
and More

Point Blue maintains monitoring sites throughout California’s millions of acres of forests. Several of these sites are burned every year, creating a valuable dataset for measuring the effect of fire on regional ecology. This image shows a set of 2018 fires (yellow) overlaid on our monitoring points (green) in the central and southern Sierra.

“We need to get ahead of the curve on climate change. We need to have a good grasp on likely future-climate scenarios, particularly in the Sierra. We can then bring recommendations to our forest management partners. Our goal is to see policies and practices that promote resilience to the changes we are already experiencing. At the core, we need to continue our work of climate-smart planning for wildlife and people.”

Dr. Jay Roberts, Point Blue Avian Forest Ecologist

Groundbreaking Scientific Research

Fire science and forest management, an evolving approach.

Protecting Birds
Before and After Fires

New research from Point Blue scientists explored the dynamic ways that birds responded to fires that burned at different levels of severity in different areas. These graphs show that bird response to habitat changes following fire varies dramatically depending on burn severity. The redder areas on the map were burned more severely and each graph shows one species’ response to different levels of fire severity.

Point Blue by the Numbers

We work from the Sierra to the sea, across the Western Hemisphere and as far away as Antarctica, preparing for the changes—and challenges—ahead.

Here’s just some of our recent impact.


Acres Engaged

in conservation planning and monitoring activities



engaged in hands-on habitat restoration



in farm bill and landowner match funds



currently working to advance climate-smart conservation


Ongoing Partnerships

with NGOs; government agencies; private companies; international groups and others


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

published by Point Blue scientists in our most recent fiscal year

2017-18 Financials

Thanks to donors, supporters and partners like you, Point Blue empowers leading-edge science, education and training programs as well as powerful partnerships that maximize nature’s benefits.





Roll over sections of the graphs to see percentage values. The charts reflect total assets and liabilities of ~$16M.
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