Seas and Shores

Seabirds and shorebirds need our help

Royal Terns on the beach. Photo: Nick Chill

California’s coastline is 3,427 miles long, including tidal areas so important to our state’s shorebirds. It is the most heavily populated part of the state, with approximately 68% of Californians living on the coast. It therefore should not be a surprise that California’s seas and beaches are under dramatic threat from human activity, development, and climate change. Marine food resources for many California seabirds and shorebirds are also threatened by shipping, pollution, overfishing, and a host of other factors, such as ocean acidification. California’s waters, beaches, estuaries, and other habitats are vital to many of the seabirds and shorebirds that migrate along the Flyway each year, and Audubon’s conservation efforts not only improve those habitats in California, but complement similar efforts by other Audubon organizations in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, as well as partner organizations in Mexico and points further south.

Protecting Humboldt Bay
Humboldt Bay

Protecting Humboldt Bay

Humboldt Bay is one of the most important stopovers for birds along the Pacific Flyway

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San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay

Audubon California is committed to protecting the birds and habitat of the San Francisco Bay.

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Seabirds
Seas & Shores

Seabirds

California enjoys some of the Pacific Coast’s most fascinating and important species.

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Western Snowy Plovers in California
Western Snowy Plover

Western Snowy Plovers

California is a focal point for the conservation of this threatened shorebird.

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Salton Sea
Salton Sea

Securing a home for birds at the Salton Sea

Audubon California is helping secure the future of one of the state's key bird habitats.

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Grebe Conservation Project
Seas & Shores

Grebe Conservation Project

Audubon California in 2010 launched an ambitious project to protect breeding Western and Clark’s Grebes at four lakes in Northern California.

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