The Seabird Protection Network is a multi-organization collaborative whose mission is to reduce human disturbance to seabirds and other marine wildlife along the California coast. Currently, the Seabird Protection Network extends from the Mendocino County line to Point Mugu, and includes the Channel Islands.

The structure of the Seabird Protection Network (Network) is modeled on the Audubon Society chapter structure. There are currently four chapters (see below). Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, who manages the founding Chapter, Bodega Head – Point Sur, facilitate program expansion and incorporates chapters as they develop. For groups who oversee similar projects and are interested in starting a chapter, a framework for collaboration is available:

Guide for Establishing New Chapters


Gualala Point – Bodega Head

South Coast This chapter is currently managed by the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. Dedicated citizen scientists conduct weekly monitoring of three offshore rocks hosting colonies of nesting seabirds between Jenner, CA and Bodega Bay, CA. Species include: Common Murres, Brandts, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, Western Gulls, Pigeon Guillemots along with Black Oystercatchers. During the non-breeding season, volunteers conduct monthly counts of species on roosting rocks.

Bodega Head – Point Sur

Southeast Farallon IslandThe Bodega Head to Point Sur chapter is managed by Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Our chapter conducts outreach about seabirds that breed along the coast from Bodega Head to Point Sur. Biologists monitor local colonies and direct our outreach to areas and sources of disturbance – planes, boats and coastal visitors.


Point Sur – Point Mugu

South Coast This chapter is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Seabird S.A.F.E. outreach is presented at harbors and kayak launch sites, and events including the Morro Bay Harbor, Santa Barbara Harbor, and Morro Bay Winter Bird Festivals. Morro Coast Audubon Society conducts citizen science monitoring. Exhibits are available year-round at the Central Coast Aquarium, Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Discovery Center.

Channel Islands

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