Point Blue’s Bird-A-Thon has been happening for 45 years now, every fall migration season, from mid-September to mid-October. Our goal each year is to invite more folks into the fold to appreciate nature and learn how to be part of conservation action. We created this FAQ as a reminder for returning Bird-A-Thonners and a resource for new recruits.
By Dr. Liz Chamberlin Director of Innovation at Point Blue; and Dr. Sheldon Gen (Point Blue Board of Directors) In the wake of a major court case out of Montana on climate change, Petaluma-based Point Blue Conservation Science is cheering on the youth who are standing up for our future. In 2020, the nonprofit public interest law
Community members from around the San Francisco Bay Area gathered this past Tuesday at Stafford Lake Park in Novato to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed program (STRAW). Housed at Point Blue, the program leads K-12 students in professional-level habitat restoration projects. These projects restore wildlife habitat, conserve water,
Oaks are in trouble in California from extensive clearing and development, especially within the southern part of the state, the Central Valley, and foothills of the Sierra Nevada and coastal ranges. In some areas, oaks are not producing young trees to replace older trees as they die, especially blue, valley, and Engelmann oak. Some of
This year marks a big milestone in Point Blue’s people history. Lynne Stenzel retired at the end of March after 50 years of being on staff with the organization. She’s the last to retire of the folks who were with the organization starting in the 1970s and has such a wealth of knowledge about the organization’s history: its science, its culture, its characters.
The Roots Program is the result of a $26 million block grant award to Point Blue from the California Wildlife Conservation Board. Over the next four years, the Roots Program will build wildlife-friendly resilience and equity in California’s working landscapes through restoration and habitat improvement projects on farms and ranches. Point Blue will prioritize outreach
We are thrilled to share the news that the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) has awarded Point Blue two major restoration-oriented block grants. In total, the two grants represent $50 million over four years for science-based restoration with particular focus on community engagement, research, and equity building across California.
By Dr. Kristen Dybala, Principal Ecologist No matter where you live, you’re likely to have a wetland somewhere nearby. Wetlands include any land that is saturated with water at least some of the time, like marshes and mangroves along our coasts, floodplains and wet meadows along rivers and streams, and vernal pools and prairie potholes.
In efforts to address climate change and identify ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses like CO2 in the atmosphere, one key place to include is below our feet: the soil. Soil organic carbon is a central component of soil health. A 2020 study showed that soil carbon represents 25% of the potential of natural climate solutions.
Flooding amidst persistent drought is indicative of the future of the arid West under climate change. Add in agriculture, growing populations, wildlife, and safe drinking water (particularly for historically disadvantaged communities), and it’s apparent there is a mosaic of complex needs to consider. One thing is clear: how we manage water in the West over the next hundred years must look different than how we’ve managed it for the last hundred.
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