The Palomarin Field Station Data Explorer is a window into the data we’ve been collecting at Palomarin for decades - in some cases, over 50 years! The Data Explorer is a set of interactive web pages, each of which tells one of the most important science stories emerging from Palomarin, and how they connect to some of the biggest conservation challenges around the world. The four data stories you can explore are:
Through these interactive data stories, you can find out how the weather at Palomarin hasn’t changed too much since 1979, but we are already seeing impacts of climate change on the arrival times of migratory species: Golden-crowned Sparrows are arriving much earlier than they used to! You can also check out our map showing where our migratory species go when they leave Palomarin. We’ve learned that our field station truly is a crossroads for birds traveling along the west coast of North America - from as far as Bristol Bay, Alaska and Jalisco, Mexico.
We hope you find that the Data Explorer is a fun, new way to visit Palomarin and find out what we’re learning from our decades of research - about bird populations, how they’re responding to changes in our environment, and why it’s so important for conservation that we’re able to continue collecting these data over the long-term. Our goal with this project is to make Palomarin science more accessible to our supporters, partners, teachers, and researchers, so our science can have a bigger impact. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to anyone who might be interested!
Thanks so much for your interest in Point Blue and in the Palomarin Field Station, and for your support. I look forward to seeing you out there one day!
With November drawing to a close, and the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I'm grateful to take be able to take a breath and reflect on this year's highs and lows. Within the realm of my conservation work, the highs include:
I am so thankful for the many colleagues and partners I worked with this year (and in most cases, for many years!), without whom none of this would have been possible.
The Riparian Summit is coming up soon: October 17-19 at UC Davis. As a member of the steering committee over the last 2 years, I'm enjoying seeing all of our planning coming together. The Summit promises to be an engaging 3 days focused on science, policy, community engagement, and strategies to increase the pace and scale of riparian restoration - with multiple benefits for people and nature. It will feature keynote & plenary speakers from abroad and closer to home - including Jody Hilty of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Ellie Cohen of Point Blue Conservation Science, and California Assembly member Cristina Garcia. Also planned are several interactive workshops, field trips, and some interesting art & science components. Register now!
At long last, an enormous collaborative conservation research effort has come to fruition with today's publication of a special issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science. The issue is made up of 8 articles authored by Central Valley Joint Venture partners that establish conservation objectives for California's Central Valley. Efforts to achieve these objectives through habitat restoration and enhancement will improve ecosystem functions throughout the Central Valley, in turn providing habitat for wildlife and benefits to people in surrounding communities. I am proud to have contributed to 6 of these articles, as lead author for 3 and co-author for another 3, and I am thrilled to see these finally published!
This month I was thrilled to get to participate in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii! The Congress's theme "Planet at the Crossroads" emphasized the urgency felt by the >9,000 participants from >190 countries in responding to climate change and collectively choosing a path that will benefit the ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being, and survival. I was inspired by the sheer number of organizations, initiatives, and people represented at the congress, all of whom are working to find solutions to many intertwined challenges. Increasingly, conservation efforts are seen as capable of simultaneously contributing to meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the landmark Paris Agreement to address climate change, among others. I attended many sessions addressing topics that included championing nature-based solutions, such as recognizing the power of parks to improve human health and the power of carbon markets to drive coastal ecosystem restoration and improve livelihoods. Many of the ideas, strategies, and recurring themes are directly in line with our work at Point Blue Conservation Science, and I am excited about the opportunity to more directly link our efforts to international goals and draw on the resources, ideas, and expertise of a much larger pool of potential collaborators.
I'm happy to announce that I have become an Associate Editor for The Condor: Ornithological Applications. I'm looking forward to getting to peek behind the curtain and better understand the editorial process, and will do my best to shepherd papers through the system quickly!
I'm getting excited for the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu! Opening ceremonies are on Thursday, September 1. Follow me @KristenDybala and #IUCN2016 for updates!