Science for a Blue Planet

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Zoom into the Field with Point Blue

We at Point Blue would like to offer a small gift to our community as we continue to keep our physical distance and stay home as much as possible. If you are reading this, you are most likely a nature lover and missing the ocean, rivers, forest, and maybe even coming out to visit us at our Palomarin Field Station.  Below you’ll find a handful of virtual backgrounds, optimally sized that you can use during your video chats on Zoom, Skype, etc. with your friends, family, and colleagues. Just click on a photo below to access the larger resolution image, then right click and save. The logo and text may look reversed to you when you use it, but will look fine to everyone else.

Is there a Point Blue field site that you love and we have not included? Let our Communications Coordinator know at and she’ll add it to this post.


Click on the photo to download and save for your video chat virtual background.

San Joaquin Valley Sunrise. Photo by Mark Dettling.


Wildflowers on working lands. Photo by Julie Chase Baldocchi.


Childs Meadow in the Northern Sierra Nevada mountains. Photo by Lishka Arata.


San Francisco Bay marshlands. Photo by Megan Elrod.


Adélie Penguins marching to the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Photo by Viola Toniolo.


The bird banding lab at our Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas, CA. Photo by Annie Schmidt.


Sunset from the Farallon Islands. Photo by Annie Schmidt.