Subscribe

Petaluma's Point Blue a standout for conservation efforts

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Subscribe

Sonoma Gives

Read more stories about locals giving back to the community here

Much of Point Blue Conservation Science’s $14 million annual budget comes from private donors and grants from foundations and corporations. Collaborators have included local, state and federal agencies responsible for managing land and water resources; government partners throughout Central and South America; and international bodies such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. They’re not the only ones to benefit, however. A few highlights closer to home include:

Restoring watersheds: Point Blue’s highly acclaimed STRAW program (Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed) brings together students, teachers and members of the community to plant native vegetation along streams and in wetlands, mostly in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Last year, STRAW accomplished its first Sierra Nevada meadow restoration project in Plumas County. STRAW also is developing its first high school native plant nursery at Casa Grande High School in partnership with Petaluma. Email Laurette Rogers at rogers@pointblue.org

Protecting seabirds: In collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Point Blue is protecting the largest colony of seabirds south of Alaska. Here, 350,000 breeding seabirds share space with some 5,000 seals and sea lions. Point Blue’s scientific work on the Farallones includes documenting population dynamics, diet composition and reproductive success of 13 seabird species, five seal and sea lion species, and white sharks. Email Pete Warzybok at pwarzybok@pointblue.org.

Observing migrating birds: Point Blue’s Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas is among the longest running bird observatories in North America, located at the southern end of Point Reyes National Seashore. Scientists here recently used 36 years of data on migrating birds to inform the EPA’s Indicators of Climate Change in California. Palomarin is also world-renowned as a training ground for the next generation of conservation scientists through intensive field-based internships. Since 1966, Palomarin has “graduated” more than 500 interns from 22 countries. About 80 percent develop careers in academic research, applied conservation or natural resource management, the majority related to birds. The Palomarin Field Station is the only Point Blue field site that’s open to the public on a regular basis. Individuals and small groups can drop in. For groups of seven more, email dhumple@pointblue.org to schedule a visit.

Clearing the way for California whales: Data from Point Blue’s California Currents program are being used to help prevent collisions between whales and ships, especially in the busy shipping lanes in the San Francisco and Channel Islands regions. Now you can help by reporting your own whale sightings through a new app called Whale Alert. This information allows vessel operators to avoid collision with whales by slowing down and heightening their visual awareness. Email Jaime Jahncke at jjahncke@pointblue.org. To download the app, go to westcoast.whalealert.org.

Sonoma Gives

Read more stories about locals giving back to the community here

Show Comment

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine