PBI is closing down in its present form and
morphing into three inspiring new organizational homes.
Our mission has been to combine innovative scientific research, education, and technical support to inform, enhance and inspire conservation. Our goal is a rich and enduring biological heritage.
The information provided on these pages shows the initiatives that were underway prior to our staff and board making the decision to join forces with better-resourced, highly respected, and internationally active organizations as the surest path to protect our valuable programs and increasingly threatened environment. See our June 2018 announcement with links to these organizations here.
Should you have any questions about PBI’s work, past, present or future, please contact former Executive Director, Dr Phoebe Barnard or former Board President, Dr Craig Olson. We warmly thank all our supporters for their commitment to the continuation of our work in the best possible way forward!
About PBIWe believe that knowledge, combined with passion, changes the game. Our conservation science has filled critical knowledge gaps, and has made a significant difference in the protection and management of forests, rivers, deserts, wetlands, and imperiled wildlife species. We accomplished our mission through:
- Conservation partnerships
- Assessment of conservation opportunities
- Conservation science education (including public talks, internet resources and conservation science internships).
- Field studies and landscape analysis
- Sharing our expertise in ecology, botany, wildlife biology, and complex spatial analysis.
From the blog
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Dear Friends and PBI Community, As most of you know, Pacific Biodiversity Institute, a twenty-year-old, internationally active small research and training nonprofit based in Skagit County, Washington, is closing down in its present form and morphing into three inspiring new organizational homes. Our board and staff took this difficult but also exciting decision in late … Read More
FutureFest is a free Earth Day weekend celebration and community brainstorming session on how we want our future to look. Please join us April 21 and 22 in Anacortes! A free weekend celebrating imagination, innovation, knowledge, and our ability to create a community that works for people and planet. You can make a difference. Start … Read More
To Cherished PBI Friends, Volunteers, Sponsors, Collaborators, Advisors, and Coalition Partners, Pacific Biodiversity Institute is planning some exciting, but pivotal, new developments at our two-decades-old organization. These changes offer great promise for our valuable programming and enable us to take the surest path to protect our increasingly threatened environment. We’ll make a formal announcement soon, … Read More
Team member highlights
“PBI’s South American project has three principal elements: 1) scientific fieldwork to study nature, 2) intense and amazing work with local people, and 3) interactions with authorities at local and national levels. All these together shape a very rich and interesting project which is full of challenges! We all need to work across disciplines to protect nature, and in our case, the lungs and the heart of the planet.”Lucila Castro
“Why is biodiversity so important? If we ask this question to the average person, will they know the answer? Biodiversity is important for many reasons. Scientifically, it provides many ecosystem services that we could not live without. Socially, it provides health and wellness benefits that enrich and sustain our lives. How do we protect biodiversity? We help people create personal and emotional connections to nature, which will promote their desire to fight for, and protect it.”
“The reason I decided to help PBI had to do with re-introduced wolves in Yellowstone. With wolves back, the land and rivers…down to types of grasses, flourished faster and more fully. This blew my mind… it also amazed scientists who didn’t realize the full impact one species had on the entire health of an ecosystem.”Gina Johnson
“We live in a wonderful world with extraordinary biodiversity and incredible landscapes. Is the human being really aware of the importance of their conservation? We are the ones who must protect our own resources! Becoming part of the PBI team allowed me to learn that working on clear objectives and with passion, we can contribute to achieve greater awareness and provide various tools for our society to help protect our planet.”María Laura Steffolani