Beach clean-up with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Conservation Corps, shown here with tangled, discarded fishing line found buried in plover nesting dunes. (Photo: G. Ibarguchi, courtesy of Naval Base Coronado) Help improve habitat for wildlife by joining friends on a clean-up event near you! The California Coastal Commission has information on statewide efforts […]Read More Join a beach clean-up event: Saturday, Sept. 21!
Supporting sustainable fisheries Globally, many species depend on healthy oceans and fish populations, including top predators such as marine mammals and many seabirds. For endangered California Least Terns, declines in the local populations of some key prey fish, such as Northern Anchovy, now cause annual mortality and poor growth of chicks, further hampering recovery. The […]Read More Celebrate World Fisheries Day (or Week) – and protect seabirds
(PHOTO: Western Snowy Plover with alphanumeric flag A1, from chick, to juvenile.) Starting in 2017, some very special Western Snowy Plovers were uniquely marked with green alphanumeric flags. They were part of a pilot study using these types of markers on plovers on the Pacific Coast. The markers are relatively easy to read and […]Read More Wanted: your photos of flagged Western Snowy Plovers!
(PHOTO: Once a year, tern decoys come in from the field for a facelift and for rehab!) As with any long-term study, our collaborative projects include many components, from designing suitable enclosures to place over Western Snowy Plover nests to reduce depredation, to using social attraction techniques (decoys and acoustic playback) to encourage California Least […]Read More Field shots – our blog
(PHOTO: Come along, now!… California Least Tern with chicks) Collaborations are at the heart of many successful conservation efforts. San Diego Zoo Global works diligently to save species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal and plant care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Our partners include local to […]Read More Conserving coastal birds and their habitats