Science to support conservation:
Our mission is to combine innovative scientific research, education, and technical support to inform, enhance and inspire conservation. Our goal is a rich and enduring biological heritage.
About PBIWe believe that knowledge, combined with passion, changes the game. Our conservation science fills critical knowledge gaps, and has made a significant difference in the protection and management of forests, rivers, deserts, wetlands, and imperiled wildlife species. We accomplish 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
Keep up to date on PBI activities, events, and progress.
We had a great time at the Skagit River Salmon Festival this past weekend! Our hardy PNW neighbors braved the rain, and were rewarded with kids games, great entertainment, a fabulous birds of prey exhibition by Sardis, and of course, great educational booths from Skagit and the surrounding areas. Our PNW Tree of Life game was a … Read More
In June 2017, the Institute hosted a pizza party to thank the dedicated volunteers and supporters that have donated their time and skills to our various projects. PBI’s new executive director, Dr. Phoebe Barnard, gave a short presentation about PBI’s strategic plan and future initiatives. Her talk was followed by the debut of two new … Read More
Our interns had a fabulous time hobnobbing with the many wonderful organizations represented at Fidalgo Bay Day! They were able to meet various members of the community, eat really great food from local restaurants, and also, educate folks about the various species that are threatened or endangered in Washington State through the PNW Tree of … 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
“For much of the rest of my life I want to work on what we call The Big Wild, especially in South America. The conservation opportunities in South America are immense, way beyond anything we have in the United States. This is the place where biodiversity makes its maximum expression–biota maxima. It’s vitally important to the climate of the planet. If you look at global conservation priorities, South America is just critical.”