Innovation and Inspiration: Celebrating The Blue in Point Blue

By Manuel “Mani” Oliva, CEO Fifty years ago humans accomplished what previously many thought impossible: landing people on the moon and returning them safely to Earth.  Although I was too young to understand the enormity of this moment, I was heavily influenced by its impact and legacy and I decided to pursue a career in

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Farallon Islands Restoration Update

As we wrote on our blog last week, Point Blue is proud to have contributed original science to support the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to eradicate invasive house mice from the Farallon Islands. On Wednesday of this week, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) considered the proposed eradication as an agenda item at its

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Farallon Islands Restoration–Addressing misinformation and misleading statements

Addressing misinformation and misleading statements Point Blue is aware that critics of this project have been spreading misinformation and misleading statements. We’ll continue to update this page with our perspective based on 50 years of living on and studying the islands and our original science.  The total amount of rodenticide that will be used in

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An important moment for conservation on the Farallon Islands

Just over fifty years ago, biologists from Point Blue Conservation Science (known then as Point Reyes Bird Observatory) landed on the Farallon Islands for the first time. We have maintained a continuous presence on the islands ever since: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A year after arriving, the South Farallon Islands became

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Science News: Water, Beef, Cormorants, and more

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is expected to transform the landscape in California’s Central Valley as stakeholders in each groundwater basin work together to draft groundwater management plans. Severe over-pumping of groundwater has led to dropping water tables and sinking land, threatening water supplies and infrastructure, including roads and canals. Click to read on.

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A Guide to Climate-Smart Meadow Restoration

This handbook provides restoration practitioners with guidance to incorporate climate change considerations into the planning and design of Sierra Nevada meadow restoration projects. Project planning worksheets included.

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10 Questions and Answers with our New CEO

It is with great excitement that we officially welcome Manuel “Mani” Oliva on his first week of work as Point Blue’s CEO. Over the coming months, there will be a variety of opportunities for you to meet Mani, but in the meantime, please read on to get to know him a bit! You can also

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Science News: Sea Level Rise Planning, Ensuring Safe Science, and more!

Better Science for Better Sea Level Rise Planning Most climate change projections forecast at least 10 inches (25 cm) of sea level rise in California within 30 years. At every high tide, this could mean flooded areas where 37,000 people live and 13,000 people work, affecting $8 billion in property value. This is already a

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Celebrating Dave Shuford

Dave Shuford, known to many as “Shuf,” retired at the end of March after 40 years of advancing conservation science at Point Blue.

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San Mateo Wetlands: How will wetland benefits change with rising seas?

In a new report, Point Blue Conservation Science, in partnership with the County of San Mateo’s Office of Sustainability, the California State Coastal Conservancy, and local stakeholders, evaluated multiple benefits of tidal marshes along San Mateo County baylands in terms of supporting tidal marsh biodiversity, reducing wave energy hitting the shoreline, and keeping carbon stored

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