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PRBO Conservation Science

Chris Merkord

Mission: PRBO Conservation Science is dedicated to conserving birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative scientific research and outreach.


PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1965 as Point Reyes Bird Observatory. PRBO does bird ecology research, creates management tools, leads field science training programs, and develops and delivers bird science education programs to advance biodiversity conservation in the west on land and at sea. PRBO scientists study birds because they are excellent indicators of environmental health: they are top predators, relatively inexpensive to monitor and widely distributed.


PRBO is growing its staff and scope of work in response to the ever–increasing demand for sound science to guide and evaluate conservation investments. PRBO now supports about 65 staff scientists, 55 seasonal biologists and another 85 conservation biology interns.

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