Welcome to the California Institute of Environmental Studies (CIES)

The CIES crew mistnets for ashy storm-petrels on Santa Barbara Island during the nights surrounding the new moon when the Milky Way is brightest in the sky.

The CIES crew mistnets for ashy storm-petrels on Santa Barbara Island during the nights surrounding the new moon when the Milky Way is brightest in the sky.

We are a scientific nonprofit organization specializing in seabird ecology and dedicated to promoting the protection and conservation of natural resources through research, monitoring and education.

We have conducted projects throughout the Pacific region. However, we have particular expertise in the islands off the California and Baja coasts, where we work with our partners to conduct dozens of research, monitoring and restoration projects every year.


See updates from our current projects below and on our Instagram page