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East Bay is for the Birds

by Manuel Oliva, Point Blue Chief Executive Officer This has been a year like no other, one that has challenged each of us on so many levels. For me, one of the biggest challenges has been a separation from community. So as our annual Rich Stallcup Bird-A-Thon approached, I was excited to form my own

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Big News. Good News.

By Manuel Oliva, CEO On Wednesday, October 7, Governor Newsom released an executive order that charges state agencies to produce a climate-smart strategy for addressing the global biodiversity and climate crises. This innovative approach spotlights the urgent need to protect and restore California’s most fundamental resource–our rich biodiversity. This strategy will help ensure that California

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The Kingpishers 2020 Bird-A-Thon

Marin County, CA 25/26 September= Total 156 species There’s still time to support our Bird-A-Thon – please consider making a donation to help us reach our $10,000 team goal! Started many years ago by enthusiastic folks at Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO, now Point Blue Conservation Science), the idea of a “birdathon” (often abbreviated to

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Science News: Bringing Palomarin Data to Life…and so much more

The Long Haul: COVID, Equity, and Fire As we pass the six-month mark from when California first started sheltering in place, Point Blue’s facilities remain closed to the public. Most staff are working from home exclusively. Many of our field crews–Palomarin, Marine Lab, Farallones, STRAW–continue to live and work as “family units,” conducting the important

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Central Valley Science Super Stars!

Please join us in congratulating Tom Gardali, Point Blue’s Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group Director, and Dr. Kristen (Kristy) Dybala, Point Blue Principal Ecologist in the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group, for being awarded the Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) Science Excellence Award for their leadership roles in and contributions to the 2020

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The Perfect Penguin Survey

By Parker Levinson, 2019-2020 Antarctica Program Intern A couple weeks after accepting an internship offer from Point Blue to study Adélie Penguins in Antarctica, I got a call: we’ll be flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) otherwise known as drones. You’ll need to get a license through the Federal Aviation Association (FAA).  How would learning to

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Farallon Islands Restoration–How You Can Help

We are at a critical moment in safeguarding the future of the Farallon Islands ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service, our partners in managing the islands, are considering an important decision and a significant opportunity for ecological restoration: the eradication of the invasive house mouse from the

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47 Blue Whales! And more Science News

Navigating Change Since our last Science News e-mail Point Blue has continued to navigate a world changed by COVID-19. What does it mean for our staff and our work and how do we modify and move forward? We continue to have “family units” of biologists living and working together in the field on the Farallon

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Our Journey

by a portion of Point Blue Staff “Do the best you can, until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou Today, as we have seen more and more voices continuing to powerfully rise up and call for racial justice, our staff want to join their voices as one in

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We All Belong

By Manuel Oliva, CEO These past weeks we have been witnesses to stark reminders of inequality and injustice in the United States.  As an organization founded by bird conservationists over 55 years ago, to many in our community the racist incident in the Central Park Ramble in New York City, in which a white woman

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