At the Cypress Grove Research Center and at other ACR sanctuaries, we conduct scientific studies and develop land management strategies that inform environmental policy, the scientific community and thousands of concerned citizens in the Bay Area and beyond. Through the careful stewardship of wildlife sanctuaries, participation in regional habitat protection, and formal scientific contributions that address important issues in conservation, ACR works to preserve biodiversity and protect endangered and threatened species at local, regional, and global scales.
Within the San Francisco Bay area, ACR seeks to develop a community of people who work together to restore and preserve natural habitat values in the region—including a growing network of natural preserves, protected wetlands, restoration sites, watershed protections, connected open space, and urban parks.
Check out this article about ACR's habitat restoration efforts on the website of the Marin Community Foundation, a generous funder of ACR projects.
ACR’s areas of expertise include:
Heron and egrets
Coastal and estuarine birds
Introduced wild turkeys
Sudden oak death
Examples of ACR’s work in Conservation Science and Habitat Protection include:
Scientific contributions that led to Ramsar recognition of Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon as wetlands of international importance
Publication of the first complete assessment of the status of heron and egret populations of the region, “Status, trends, and implications for the conservation of heron and egret nesting colonies in the San Francisco Bay area”
Key work on the regional status and ecology of Common Ravens
Lead roles in establishing, the Marin Sonoma Weed Management Area Group, and the Bay Area Early Detection Network.