Point Blue Conservation Science
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|Key people||President and CEO Ellie M. Cohen|
|Area served||Alaska to Antarctica|
|Focus(es)||reduce impacts of climate change, habitat loss and other environmental stressors while promoting climate-smart, nature-based solutions for wildlife and people|
|Method(s)||science, partnerships, outreach|
|Employees||140 staff and seasonal scientists|
|Motto||Advancing conservation of birds and ecosystems through science, partnerships and outreach.|
|References: Newsletter: The Observer|
Point Blue Conservation Science, founded as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO), is a California-based wildlife conservation and research non-profit organization. PRBO was founded in 1965 to study the birds migrating along the Pacific flyway, and has run the longest population study of landbirds in Western North America (continuous since 1966), as well as maintaining a year-round research presence on the Farallon Islands since 1969. PRBO, namesake of the Point Reyes peninsula which is protected as the Point Reyes National Seashore, is headquartered in Petaluma, California with several active field research stations and sites throughout California. In June 2013, the organization changed its name to Point Blue Conservation Science.
PRBO employs 140 staff and seasonal biologists as well as 14 education and outreach staff, who focus on scientific research, conservation biology, and outreach. PRBO has published over 1400 scientific papers, and numerous scientific outreach and education tools. PRBO's science has influenced policy makers, conservation organizations, and ecosystem managers throughout the west. Most of the research is conducted in the western United States, but it can reach as far Japan, Alaska and Antarctica.
Point Blue's top priorities are to understanding and project the effects of climate change and other environmental stressors on nature to benefit birds, other wildlife and people. In collaboration with Conserve.IO (EarthNC), Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, PRBO has developed the “Whale Aware” program, a new system for gathering near-real-time data on where whales are congregating so marine management agencies can alert ship operators and help prevent collisions with endangered whales in the San Francisco and Channel Islands regions.
- "We are changing our name!". March 2013. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013.
- "Climate Change". PRBO Conservation Science web site. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
- "Whale Aware". Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- "Whale Aware". Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies (ACCESS). Retrieved 9 June 2013.