Attractive and Beneficial: Groundwater Recharge Basins Can Be Both for People and Wildlife

With the lack of rain this fall and winter, comes anxiety about California’s water future for people, wildlife, and agriculture in California’s Central Valley. Our rainfall not only produces benefits at the surface like wildlife habitat and food crops, but it also recharges our stores of water below ground, otherwise known as groundwater aquifers. Even

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The Case for Nature-based Solutions

By Mani Oliva, C.E.O. Recently, President Biden issued an Executive Order to raise the level of our ambition to fight climate change. This Executive Order recognizes the urgent need as well as the short time-frame we have to act. Therefore, the Executive Order creates a roadmap of how the federal government will take on a

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Science News: Winter Science and the UN’s Declaration

The UN’s 2021 Resolution: More Restoration! The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration starts this year! Point Blue is excited to use our decades of restoration experience to contribute to this global effort. Habitat restoration is one of the major solutions to wildlife declines, the climate crisis, and human health challenges. In recent years, we’ve

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An Important Day for Democracy and Conservation

By Mani Oliva, CEO These past two weeks we have witnessed both the fragility and the resilience of democracy. From the violent attacks where messages of hate were prevalent, to the words of support and unity during the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris – ironically both occurring on the steps of the

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Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change: From California to Spain to Scotland

by Mani Oliva, CEO It’s hard to believe that at this time last year I was halfway around the world in Madrid, Spain. I had the privilege of being there along with Dr. Libby Porzig, our Working Lands program Director, and Geoff Gordon-Creed, the Chair of our Board, to represent Point Blue at the annual

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King Tide Crystal Ball

Written by Megan Elrod, Point Blue San Francisco Bay Biologist A King Tide of today could provide a glimpse of the normal daily tides of the future. We can think of them as one of nature’s “crystal balls.” For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, a “King Tide” is a regular, predictable occurrence where the sun,

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Deeply Grateful for You

As many of us educate ourselves on the complicated history of our country and many of the holidays we celebrate, these important days are taking on new meaning. This year, on Thanksgiving, we’re continuing our traditional focus of taking time to express gratitude for the wonders of nature, our outstanding staff, and you, our Point

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Young Birders Reach New List Number Heights

Written by Lisa Hug This year has been challenging for all of us on many levels. Covid-19 was forcing us to be creative about how we participate in social events. And, the Bird-a-thon is a social event, and I have always made it a priority to emphasize teamwork on the Young Ancient Murrelets (YAMS) bird-a-thon

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Science News: Science to Lift Your Spirits

A Foundational Moment While there have been many challenges this year, 2020 represents a significant milestone for shorebird conservation science at Point Blue. Last month the foundational paper from our internationally collaborative Migratory Shorebird Project was published in Avian Conservation and Ecology. Our new paper validates the methodology and partnership network we have developed over

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The Election, Climate Change, and Conservation Science

by Mani Oliva, CEO As we congratulate the incoming administration of President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, we recognize that many important challenges will require their immediate and sustained attention. These include a continuing global pandemic, our national health and economic structures, and very serious social and racial justice questions. Underpinning

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