Since the 1980’s PRBO has contributed to conservation efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area in a variety of capacities. From on the ground data collection to determining the status and threats of Tidal Marsh songbirds, nesting seabirds, and populations of Clapper Rails, to developing cutting edge tools in sea level rise and the effects of climate change.
Today PRBO’s science seeks to help the wetlands and streams of the SF Bay thrive and adapt to rising sea levels, extreme storms, and other changes in land use. The result will be healthy populations of birds and other wildlife, and an ecosystem that can provide important benefits to people (flood control, water filtration, etc.) into the future.
To achieve this goal we:
• document and understand bird habitat use and population trends in the San Francisco Bay region,
• prioritize species and places for conservation action in the face of climate change,
• guide and evaluate habitat protection and restoration efforts, share our findings to help develop conservation policy that responds to environmental change,
• partner with regional, state, and federal agencies and groups,
• and communicate our findings to the public.
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Education & Restoration
A strong education component is essential to PRBO's mission and our work around the San Francisco Bay. By engaging children, interns, volunteers and the public in restoration and education programming, we inspire the current and next generations to act as life-long stewards of the environment.
PRBO Biologist Julian Wood, photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle / SF
China Camp tidal marsh, San Francisco Bay, photo courtesy Peter Baye
New study published in PLoS One on Climate Change and the birds of California
New PRBO Observer article Reading Shorebird Signals by Julian Wood
Press Coverage of PRBO’s Climate Change and Sea Level Rise work
The State of the Birds San Francisco Bay 2011 –summarizes the current state of knowledge on bird populations and makes recommendations for science-based actions needed to conserve them and the habitats they depend upon.