National Park Service

San Francisco Bay Area Network (SFAN)

Western Snowy Plover Monitoring

Western Snowy Plover at the Presidio in Golden Gate NRA
Western snowy plover at the Presidio in Golden Gate NRA

Monitoring Documents

Parks monitored:

For more information contact: Bill Merkle or Dave Press

Description

Plover brief for PORE

Western snowy plover monitoring at Point Reyes National Seashore resource brief
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Plover Brief for GOGA

Western snowy plover monitoring at Golden Gate National Recreation Area resource brief

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Snowy plovers are small shorebirds that live and breed on the sandy beaches and dunes of the Pacific coast. Listed as a federally threatened species since 1993, its numbers are in decline because of habitat loss and degradation. Human use of its beach habitat and the resulting increase in predators and nonnative species threaten the survival of this species.

Parks in the San Francisco Bay Area Network actively protect plover nest sites and restore habitat. The snowy plover recovery program uses volunteers and educational materials to reach thousands of visitors each year. During breeding season, park docents monitor and keep beachgoers away from nesting sites. Parks are also working to restore coastal dune habitat by removing nonnative plants, providing expanded nesting and breeding habitat.

Additional information about western snowy plover monitoring in SFAN parks can be found on the San Francisco Bay Area National Parks Science and Learning Center webpage on western snowy plovers webpage.



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