Catherine Hickey

Conservation Director

As the Conservation Director for Point Blue’s Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group and current lead of one of Point Blue’s strategic initiatives: Make Natural Resource Plans and Policies Climate-Smart, my work is focused on leading conservation of wetland ecosystems and wetland dependent birds migrating through, wintering, and breeding in California’s Central Valley’s wetlands and flooded agricultural lands.  I work very closely with state and federal agencies, water districts, conservation NGOs and private landowners to help ensure water and habitat for wildlife in our great State.

I am current Chair of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) and recently served as Chair of the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Council, representing that Council and Point Blue on the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiativecommittee for over a decade. I currently serve on the steering committee for the Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy.  I am one of the originators of, and current collaborators in, the international Migratory Shorebird Project, a 12-country shorebird research and monitoring program throughout the Pacific Coast of the Americas. I helped establish the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership, a partnership of Point Blue, Audubon California, and The Nature Conservancy to advance the pace and scale of migratory bird conservation in California. I also represent Point Blue on the Central Valley Joint Venture Management Board.

I received my Masters of Science in Conservation Ecology from the University of California, Davis in 2001.