Watching Seabirds on the Sonoma Coast: an Intimate Perspective

Hollis Bewley is a naturalist, photographer, seabird enthusiast, and partner of the Seabird Protection Network. Hollis coordinates citizen scientist surveys of seabirds on the Sonoma Coast with the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. Hollis recently received an award from the Madrone Audubon chapter for…

The Seabird Update

Seabird breeding wrapped up this year with some impressive numbers! Our favorite murre colony success story at Devil’s Slide in Pacifica topped off at 1,911 birds by land-based count – the highest number since restoration work helped bring this colony back from zero birds in…

Network Featured in the All-Bird Bulletin

Citizen Science Supporting Seabird Conservation on Public Lands in California James Weigand, Ecologist, Bureau of Land Management California State Office One of the greatest resources for science on federal public lands is the people who live close to these lands. By engaging in scientific data…

Seabird Spotlight

If you have spent time along California’s rocky coast or in the Bay, you may have noticed a mostly black bird sporting flashy white wing patches. Maybe you saw a bird like this duck quickly into an abandoned pipe on Alcatraz Island?

What does Climate Change Mean to Seabirds?

Several seabird species were recently identified as indicators of climate change by a group of climate change researchers, as well as representatives of local and federal agencies. The numerous indicators include both biological (e.g., seabirds and mussels) and physical (e.g., sea-surface temperature and sea level)…

From the Flight Deck

Successful conservation of marine and coastal species is accomplished through numerous partnerships between local, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. This is especially true for the Seabird Protection Network. This article is the first of a two-part series about our partnership with the U.S.…

A View through the Spotting Scope

Article written by Crystal Bechaver, Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service It’s not every day that a job comes along that allows one to sit along the coast and gaze out over the ocean watching seabirds, whales, dolphins, and pinnipeds go about their day. I…

Explaining disturbance to the public

I work on reaching out to target audiences – pilots, boaters and paddlers – about how to avoid disturbance to seabirds on the California coast. One of the big challenges is explaining why flushing birds can be a problem. For most people, seeing birds fly…

When to draw the line between research and protection

I run a marine debris program that performs monthly surveys, with the help of trained volunteers, at beach sites along the coast. During the winter months we often come in contact with elephant seals at our survey plots.  Recently I was joining my volunteers during…

Saying Something Takes Courage…

I have the pleasure of working at the north end of Crissy Field and today, while out for a lunch break, I witnessed 5 young boys approximately 9 years of age throwing rocks at gulls. The gulls were floating in the water near the shoreline…