Going to the birds: Petaluma organization tracks environmental changes

By Mark Prado
Adelie penguins
Adelie penguins. Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran an interesting story on Point Blue Conservation Science, an organization that tracks environmental changes. 

The former Point Reyes Bird Observatory is more than 50 years old now and has focused on climate change and related issues by studying birds.

One of its more famous subjects is a penguin found in Antarctica. By studying the bird, researchers can track changes brought on by changing climates.

Meanwhile, the MTC-staffed San Francisco Estuary Partnership also plays a role monitoring the environment. The Estuary Partnership was established in 1988 by the state and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act’s National Estuary Program when the San Francisco Estuary was designated as an estuary of national significance.