The Black Oystercatcher is considered an indicator for the health of rocky intertidal shorelines. Threats to this habitat are real and growing: sea level rise, ocean acidification, and increased recreational and commercial use of coastal areas. But there is hope -- we can secure this bird as its habitat changes by understanding it better.
Audubon California coordinates agencies, chapters, and volunteers to monitor Black Oystercatchers. The data these surveyers collect help us understand how we can protect the species better. One of the more successful locations for Black Oystercatcher breeding has been Point Lobos State Reserve.