Point Blue’s Partner Biologists spend a few days at TomKat Ranch

The “Birdherders” pictured above work on rangelands across the state as Partner Biologists, joint positions with Point Blue Conservation Science and National Resources Conservation Service. They conduct ecological monitoring of birds, plants and soil, as part of Point Blue’s Rangeland Monitoring Network. The data collected expands our knowledge of the ecological function of California rangelands and ranching practices, with the goal of maintaining healthy rangeland ecosystems and supporting the local communities that make their living from them.

Last week TomKat Ranch hosted a retreat for these 14 Partner Biologists who gathered from remote areas across the state. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to participate in trainings, share knowledge and enjoy bonding (and birding) together. The last 24 hours of the retreat were devoted to Point Blue’s annual fundraiser, the “Rich Stallcup Birdathon,” in which our team the “Birdherders” found 104 species at TomKat Ranch and the Pescadero area!

Highlights included birding along TomKat’s diverse Honsinger Creek, watching thousands of Black-vented Shearwaters skimming the waves at Pescadero Beach, and finding several rare Tri-colored Blackbirds hanging out with their friends the Red-wing Blackbirds in local farm fields.

Participants gather pledge donations for each species on the list. If you would like to contribute, there is still time! Find us at: http://2015birdathon.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1144989&lis=1&kntae1144989=14CFF0DE07BC48C49AB14A42E1FA0957&team=6522839