Seabird conservation -roosting flocks
Seabirds need safe nesting, foraging, and roosting sites that have low levels of disturbance. Ideal sites benefit multiple species.


About our Program

The Pacific Coast Bird Conservation Program is one of San Diego Zoo Global’s field-based initiatives to preserve birds and their habitats along the Pacific Flyway.  Our collaborative program is based at the Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, California, adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In support of San Diego Zoo Global’s vision to fight extinction, and our strategies in Recovery Ecology at the Institute, we participate in the adaptive management of seabirds and shorebirds at risk in the wild.

Preserving ideal nesting habitat for native bird species often benefits other native species, such as Beach Evening Primrose.

Our program began with recovery efforts of two federally-listed species: the endangered California Least Tern, and threatened Western Snowy Plover. In collaboration with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Naval Base Coronado, home to some of the largest remaining populations on the Pacific coast, the program has supported adaptive management and research for almost two decades to conserve breeding populations. Our program has continued to expand to support partnerships along the California coast and range-wide. We are establishing additional local and international collaborations which will include non-breeding grounds for both species. Concurrent research and conservation efforts are already benefiting other species, and planning is underway to include other seabirds and shorebirds that are in decline.

 Pacific Coast Bird Conservation (PC Birds)
Institute for Conservation Research – San Diego Zoo Global
15600 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA, 92027 USA

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